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Add an autonumber field in Access with existing data

Greeting,

I have data in an Access 2007 table. How do I add an auto-number field to it and make the number start with 000001?
Thanks.
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mrong
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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft MVP, Access and Data Platform)Commented:
Since the Auto Number is a  Long Integer, there will not be a any leading zeros. You can use the Format property in the Field in the Table to make it 'look' that way, but it will be stored w/o the leading zeros.

If you add a new AN field to your table, it will automatically start at 1

mx
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PatHartmanCommented:
The autonumber is a tool used to allow you to define an arbitrary surrogate key.  It is NOT meaningful data.  Therefore, it doesn't matter where it starts although as Joe indicated, a new autonumber will start with 1.  Autonumbers always develop gaps over time.  The only thing they are useful for, aside from their stated purpose of unique identifier, is to show the order in which rows were added to the table.
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