How To Number In Google Sheets

Google Sheets is a versatile and powerful tool that allows you to manage and organize data effectively. One common operation that many users need is adding a number sequence, often used as numbering for items on a list or as row identifiers. This article will guide you on how to number in Google Sheets in a few easy steps.

Method 1: Using Fill Handle

Fill Handle is a feature in Google Sheets that lets you autofill cells based on the pattern of your data. Here’s how you can use it to number your rows:

  1. Type the number “1” in the first cell where you want your number sequence to begin.
  2. Type the number “2” in the cell below it to establish the pattern.
  3. Select both cells. You will see a small blue square (the Fill Handle) in the bottom right corner of the selection.
  4. Click and drag the Fill Handle down the column to the last cell where you want your sequence to end.

Method 2: Using ARRAYFORMULA Function

If you require a more dynamic solution, such as when rows are added or removed frequently, using the ARRAYFORMULA function in Google Sheets can be a better approach:

  1. In the cell where you want your number sequence to begin, type the following formula:
  2. Press Enter. Google Sheets will automatically fill the column with a continuous number sequence, starting from 1.

Here, ROW function returns the row number of the cell reference. ARRAYFORMULA function allows the row function to output the results in a range of cells (A1:A in the example).


Whether you’re organizing your data or creating a simple numbered list, Google Sheets offers multiple ways to achieve it. Experiment with the Fill Handle and ARRAYFORMULA function to find which method works best for your specific needs. Remember, the key to becoming proficient in Google Sheets is practice and exploration!