It’s a common task in Microsoft Excel 2013 to fill a row or column with a series of consecutive numbers. But doing it manually can be tedious, and there’s always the possibility of a typo that could create problems in the future.
Fortunately Excel 2013 has a feature that will automatically fill rows or columns with a series of incrementally increasing numbers. Our tutorial below will show you two different ways to achieve this result.
Numbers Rows Automatically in Excel 2013
The steps in this article will show you how to create a sequence of consecutive numbers in a row or column. There is more than one way to do this, so we will show you two different options and you can decide which solution is better for you.
Method 1 – Using the Ctrl Key on Your Keyboard
- Type the first number of your series into the first cell where you would like to enter the numbers. I am starting with the number “1” and filling the first 10 rows of column A.
- Click the cell with the number to select it, hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard, then click the bottom-right corner of the selected cell and drag it down or right until all of the cells in which you wish to add your numbers are selected. You can then let go off the mouse button and Excel will automatically fill the cells with a series of consecutive numbers.
Method 2 – Enter the First Two Numbers of the Series
- Type the first number into a cell, then type the next number into the cell below it, or to the right of it.
- Select both of the cells, then click the bottom-right right corner of the selection and drag it down or right until all of the desired cells are selected. You can then let go of the mouse button to fill the cells with consecutive numbers.
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