Changing an auto-generated number in a cell

Kaitlyn Carroll
edited 01/13/22 in Formulas and Functions


Is there a way to override, or edit, an auto-generated number?

I have an intake project sheet that generates "Job #" as new requests come in from a form. Recently a 'new' request was submitted through our form, giving that request (or project) a new auto-generated "Job #". However, this request isn't actually new, it's part of an archived request (that has it's own job #). I'd like to carry over that same "Job #". I'm not able to change or edit the cell that contains the "Job #". Is there anyway to override the auto-generated number?



Best Answer

  • Andrée Starå
    Andrée Starå ✭✭✭✭✭✭
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    Hi @Kaitlyn Carroll

    I hope you're well and safe!

    To add to Mike's excellent advice/answer.

    Try this. (use it to update instead of deleting)

    1. Change the column properties from Auto-Number/System... to Text/Number
    2. Save
    3. Delete the numbers you don't want
    4. Save
    5. Delete the rows with the numbers you deleted
    6. Save
    7. Change the column back to Auto Number and change the Starting Number to the number you'd like the next added row to be
    8. Save
    9. Add a new row
    10. Save and watch the magic happen

    Would that work/help?

    I hope that helps!

    Be safe and have a fantastic week!


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