## Create a numbered list ignoring blank cells

The formula in column B returns a running count based on values in column C.

Formula in cell B3:

The formula consists of two Excel functions. The IF function checks if the corresponding value in column C is not empty.

If cell C3 is not empty the COUNTA function counts the number of cells in cell range $C$3:C3 that are not empty.

Cell range $C$3:C3 has one cell that is not empty so the formula returns 1 in cell B3.

Note that cell reference $C$3:C3 expands when you copy cell B3 and paste to cells below.

For example, in cell B4 the cell reference changes to $C$3:C4.

If cell C3 is empty the formula returns nothing.

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