Can I get 2 auto-number columns?

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I have a data set which already has a auto-number system column however I want another auto-number or row number column if possible using some sort of formula. Is this something we can do?

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  • Colleen Patterson
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    At this time, there is not a second autonumber column option within a single sheet. You may be able to do this using a formula, depending on what your goals are, and how you are wanting that column to be utilized.

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  • CaraBart28
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    Hi @Colleen Patterson,

    I just submitted this question but also asking what type of formula would be used. We want to simply number each row. We have multiple sheets filtering into a master sheet, each individual sheet has auto number which identifies a site location. However we would like to have a row count for each row in the master sheet. What type of formula would I be looking at?


  • Colleen Patterson
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    @CaraBart28

    If you are brining in the autonumbers from source sheets into a destination sheet you would be able to use the autonumber in the destination, without impact from the source sheets. You would be able to pull the original autonumber in as a cross-sheet reference.

    If you do already have an autonumber in the destination sheet, there is some great information on this other post: https://community.smartsheet.com/discussion/80822/countif-to-create-sequence-number regarding how to create a formula autonumber from another. Much of this depends on how you are structuring your existing autonumber columns.

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  • CaraBart28
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    @Colleen Patterson I checked out the information in the link you provided. However, it is not working for what I am looking for. I want it to basically number each row. So where it says Master Order Number I want it to just count each row...1, 2, 3, 4...The formula I tried is not working... =COUNTIF([Master Order #]:[Master Order #], <[Master Order #]@row + 1)


  • Colleen Patterson
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    CaraBart28 You would not be able to run a formula on the same column, and would instead need a helper column to run the count, and then to reflect that in the master order number. So - you would have the formula in Master Order #, and then run the formula on Master Order Helper. This should resolve the circular reference. Apologies for the delay in response. I was out last week with COVID.

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  • CaraBart28
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    @Colleen Patterson

    Hi Colleen, I am having a hard time picturing this and what the formula in the helper column would look like. Would you be able to assist me in what you thought was for this?

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