One of our employees wants to have a column in his list that autoincrement from 100,000. I tried to use "ID" column, then create a "calculated" column that adds 100,000. That didn't help; id populates after item is generated. Then I found an article telling me to use sharepoint workflow. But I can't seem to find where it is. The article also suggests to use Sharepoint Designer, but that thing hasn't been upgraded since 2013.

Does anyone know how to generate a column like this?

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We can achieve this using the SharePoint designer workflow.

Here are the steps to create an auto-incrementing number field in a SharePoint list designer workflow:

  1. Create a new column, such as : Increment Number in issue list with Number type. Make this column hidden in a view.
  2. Create another column, such as : Issue No. in issue list with Formula type and add the following formula = “100000” & [Increment Number]. This Column will show the increment items’ numbers in the list.
  3. Open SharePoint designer, create new list workflow (for issues list).
  4. Add a workflow action: “Update list Item” >> Current Item >> Add >> Set this field to your Target field (Increment Number), set value from Current Item:ID field.
  5. Set the workflow start option to “Start Workflow automatically when an item is created”.
  6. Save and Publish the workflow.

For detailed steps refer the below:

How to Create an Auto-Incrementing Number Field in a SharePoint List

Auto Serial Number in SharePoint New Form

  • It did work, but the list requires a page refresh to see the changed value. Is that correct?
    – Duk
    Commented Dec 19, 2019 at 22:51
  • Ohh.. I think in that case, we can redirect to same item URL after updating the field using the Redirect URL action in the same workflow... that will solve the issue.
    – SP 2022
    Commented Dec 20, 2019 at 8:39
  • Actually I was wrong. It does update automatically. No refresh required. But it's not instant sometimes.
    – Duk
    Commented Jan 7, 2020 at 18:48
  • Thanks for keeping the community updated :-)
    – SP 2022
    Commented Jan 7, 2020 at 18:55

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