Populate AutoNumber Before Update

I use a form to populate an intake sheet.

My intake sheet has an auto-number column that gets populated when a new record is created.

I am looking for a way to present the Auto-Number on the form at the time the data is being entered so that it can be included in the naming of a file being attached to the record.

I thought about a formula field that =autonumber + 1 but, It could mess things up if another user creates a record before another user completes and submits their form.

Open to ideas


Best Answers

  • JCluff
    JCluff ✭✭✭✭
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    Unfortunately there is no way to reference any existing data in the sheet via Forms. Any formula set as a default value will simply just input that formula in the cell when the form is submitted.

    Alternatively, another option would be to create a dashboard and imbed the form with the web content widget and include a metric widget referencing a calculated field that finds the next auto-number from the sheet. This isn't a pretty fix, but it would solve your need.

  • Andrée Starå
    Andrée Starå ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Answer ✓

    @Detrie Zacharias


    Happy to help!

    Try something like this.

    =VALUE(RIGHT([Work ID]@row, 5)) + 1 

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