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How do I create an automatically increasing sequential number or alpha-numeric string?

If you create a formula numeric type of field, you can reference the built in field Record ID # to increment your number automatically. If you're not familiar with creating new fields, please see our Add a New Field help topic.


Once you've created your formula numeric field, your formula would look something like this.

[Record ID #] + 100

This formula would take the Record ID # and add 100 to it for each new record. So if the Record ID # is 1, the formula numeric field would return 101.

If your sequential number needs to include letters, create a formula text field instead of a formula numeric field. Your formula might look something like this.

[Record ID #] + 100 & " " & "Support"

If the Record ID # is 1, the formula text field would return 101 Support.


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i want to take first 4 letters of name and then add some nubera in it. i dont know how to do it.

Hello,Since the Record ID#


Since the Record ID# field is the only field in QuickBase whose value is generated automatically, any formula which has a similar auto-incrementing feature needs to include the Record ID#.


However, if you have a Text field called Name and a Numeric field called Number, you can create a Formula - Text field to put them together as you described:

Left([Name],4) & "-" & ToText([Number])




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