How To Autofill Number Series In Merged Cells

As far as we know auto numbering will not work in merged cells. If you need to number a column that it is made up of different sized merged cells, when you try to drag the numbering it tries to resize the merge cells as well. Is there a way to number the merged cells without having to manually type the number?

For example, A1 is header, range A2:A15 is made up of different sized merged cells, see the following screen shot. How to fill number series in A2:A15?

Autofill Number Series In Merged Cells

We can use Excel formula to do it.

Step 1. Select the merged cells (in this example, select A2:A15).
Step 2. Press F2, or click the Formula Bar, enter the formula: =MAX(A$1:A1)+1.
Step 3. Press CTRL+ENTER.


    • Mohammed says

      It’s my fault, I pasted the formula on a column other than “A”.
      It works as described.

    • Rahul says

      You have to type the formula =MAX(A$1:A1)+1 if you are applying it from row2. If you are starting from row3 then formula will change to =MAX(A$1:A2)+1 and onwards accordingly.

  1. Tandra says

    Thnk you so much!

    It works..first of all apply formula in all cell of column A then merge as need….it automatically take next number.

  2. Elamuruguselvan says

    hi bro….
    I tried it, It works,
    But i need addition , my merge cells are not even, May be 2 cells are merged, 3 cells are merged, in that case how can i proceed, Kindly support. Any help would be appreciated

  3. Naveed Abbas says

    I have to manage a result sheet then result card,,, so how can I get proper way kindly help any one

  4. Lakshmi Narayanan C D says

    How can i concatenate string along with the number sequence in same above format.

  5. juanita walker says

    every thing you did I was able to do on my own excel sheet that I opened to follow along on my second monitor I found it easier to follow when you do hands on verses just sitting and watching, thanks for showing me how to put the days /months in now I need to be able to do the 9*9= in excel I did not understand how you got the answer when you clicked I blank and miss it . this was my first class and I want to learn more on how to use excel?

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