For input cells and output cells, there are automatic,natural numbering.

In[1] 2+2
Out[1] 4

I mean In[1] and Out[1].

For text cell, there is no automatic numbering, and I do not know how to give it.

I make a text cell by mouse right click - insert new cell - text.

Q1) Numbering possible for text cell ?
Q2) automatic numbering possible?


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The 'labels' for input and output are generated upon evaluation by the kernel and are not notebook specific. I do not think that this is what OP is after with text cells (I might be wrong). I would assume the question is about notebook/cell specific CellFrameLabels like the ones used by DisplayFormulaNumbered. An alternative approach I will not discuss here would be to set CellLabel manually (this is done for Input and Output cells automatically by the kernel/frontend).

Regarding Q1: I am not sure how to archive this but it might be possible to set CellFrameLabels manually.

I have however an answer for Q2: one can archive this quite easily be replicating the the cell style of DisplayFormulaNumbered. Here is an example for a style definition TextCellNumbered inheriting from Text and using a counter similar to the one used by DisplayFormulaNumbered:

Cell[StyleData["TextCellNumbered", StyleDefinitions -> StyleData["Text"]],
   CellFrameLabels->{{None,Cell[TextData[{"(",CounterBox["TextCellNumbered"],")"}],"TextCellNumber"]}, {None, None}}

If one places this into a style sheet or embedded notebook style definitions (The simplest way to do so is to use the menu "Format->Edit Stylesheet", then use "Customize Inherited Style" or "Add a New Style" to create a Cell in the style sheet and then mark the cell and use STR+SHIFT+E or the menu "Cell->Show Expression" to edit/paste the code given above directly into the cell expression. To apply the edited changes to the cell revert "Cell->Show Expression") one can use TextCellNumbered to get something like

Numbered Text

Some possible extensions and improvements could involve: assigning a MenuCommandKey to this style to insert it with a shortcut (ALT+Number) or to change the appearance/style of the label in CellFrameLabels with other brackets or to include the chapter number in the label with CounterBox["Chapter"] (and setting CounterAssignments->{{"TextCellNumbered", 0}} in the style for Chapter).

  • $\begingroup$ ((("Format->Edit Stylesheet", then use Customize Inherited Style or Add a New Style))) <- where is Customize Inherited Style or Add a New Style? My version is v12.2 $\endgroup$
    – imida k
    May 2, 2022 at 13:32

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