How To Number Cells In Google Sheets

Google Sheets, as part of Google’s suite of online productivity tools, is a powerful and flexible spreadsheet platform. One common task you may need to perform is numbering cells. In this blog post, we will show you how to number cells in Google Sheets, step by step.

1. Manual Input

The simplest way to number cells in Google Sheets is through manual input. However, this method is only practical for a small number of cells. To do this, simply click on a cell, type the number, and press Enter. Repeat this for each cell you wish to number.

2. Dragging the Fill Handle

For a larger spreadsheet, manual input is not practical. Luckily, Google Sheets has a tool called the fill handle. You can use it to automatically fill cells with numbers.

To use the fill handle:

  • Enter your starting number into a cell.
  • Select this cell.
  • Hover your mouse at the bottom-right corner of the cell until a blue square (the fill handle) appears.
  • Click and drag the fill handle over the cells you wish to number.

3. Using the SERIES Function

If you need more complex numbering patterns, Google Sheets provides a function called SERIES.

Here’s how to use the SERIES function to number cells:


In this example, 1 is the start value, 1 is the step (the increment), and 100 is the stop value. The function will generate a series of numbers from 1 to 100 in increments of 1. You can change these parameters to generate the series that fits your needs.

4. Using the ROW Function

Another useful function for numbering cells is the ROW function, which returns the row number of a cell. When used without any argument, it returns the row number of the cell it is used in.

You can use this function to number cells as follows:


This will return the row number of cell A1, minus 1. If you copy and paste this formula into other cells, each cell will have a unique number, based on its row number.


Google Sheets offers several methods to number cells, from manual input to the use of powerful functions like SERIES and ROW. Hopefully, this guide has helped you understand how you can take full advantage of these methods to make your work in Google Sheets more efficient.