recently I am using table to do some statistics, and I want the first column of the table to indicate the row number, as this.

   |  | title|
   |--| -----|
   | 1| A    |
   | 2| B    |

and I want the number of first column grow automatically after creating a new row.

Are there good suggestions about it?

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    Place #+tblfm: $1=@#-1 under the table. Now when you move your mouse to the formula and C-c C-c on it, it will recalculate the contents of the first column s.a. to create a sequence of increasing integers.
    – wvxvw
    Aug 12, 2015 at 8:51
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    wooo, great....
    – Luis404
    Aug 13, 2015 at 1:39
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    I was looking for exactly the same thing (@#). Sometimes searching is faster than asking... ;-D
    – user543
    Aug 13, 2015 at 3:53
  • It's possible, but time-consuming, to figure this out from the manual by piecing together info from two sections (sometimes asking is faster than searching, reading, and thinking :) Go to the info-mode manual in emacs (C-h I), Section 3.5.1 of the manual, in an unnumbered sub-section called "Field coordinates in formulas," explains @#-1. Then section 3.5.6, "Column Fomulas," explains the $1=.
    – Reb.Cabin
    Jul 14, 2019 at 17:50
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    Note that with @wvxvw's answer you can have 0-based indexing with $1=@#-2.
    – colelemonz
    Jan 2, 2020 at 18:12

1 Answer 1


Press S-ENTER in the first column after having put in '1' or another number and it will auto-increment in a new row. Not quite as clever as a formula, but is easier (for me) to remember.

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    wvxvw's Aug 12 '15 answer is more generally powerful because it re-numbers all the rows if I insert a row someplace in the table, or if I cut and paste a group of rows.
    – Frank M
    Mar 20, 2019 at 18:07
  • This is neat! Thanks. Jan 4, 2020 at 15:29

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