excel 2010 sorting issue

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            After sorted by specific name, and in the index field when i try to press CTRL + left click the cross and drap down, suppose it will accumulate the number such as CE-CM1 , CE-CM2, any idea ?

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If you want an Index that goes from CE - CM1 to CE - CM100 for example not affected by the sorting use a formula (in M2) and fill down

="CE - CM"&ROW(B2)-1

or they can be resorted

Home / Editing / Fill / Series / Autofill OK

piaakitAuthor Commented:
any other way to fix, the one above dont work
piaakitAuthor Commented:
if i put 1 instead of CE-CM1, it can drag 1 - 10
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Normally you can drag

CE-CM1 and the number will also add up

piaakitAuthor Commented:
but i have tried it can not add up after i created filter
Glenn RayExcel VBA DeveloperCommented:
The "drag and fill" or aufofill function will not work on filtered data.  Period.

If you want to create a sequence of new index numbers from the filtered data you'll have to use another method.  Here's one way you can achieve that:

1) Unfilter your data
2A)  If there are no values in the INDEX column (M) then enter this formula in cell M2 and copy down:
You'll see the index show up for the COURIER (EXTERNAL) rows, incremented by one each time.
3A) Select all the cells in column M, copy, and paste the values in their place.

2B) If there are currently values in the INDEX column (M) then insert a temporary column in column N and add this formula in cell N2 and copy down:
(Note that the formula is looking in column Q instead of P since this inserts a new column in N)
3B) Select all the cells in column N, copy, and paste the value in column M.
4B) Delete column N.

Note that you could replicate this process for the other three Delivery Arrangement categories if you wanted to increment them as well.  just replace the text strings being searched and the Index abbreviation in the formula.  Example file attached showing both formulas before copy and paste values.


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