I currently have a data table that the user can make changes to. None of this data has a key indicator since they can all be the same. My actual product uses lots of various objects/values and can get complex, so here's a simplified example. So a table can be

Items Purchased

Item Price

Candy $1

Peanuts $5

Onion $2

Candy $20 ....

If someone edits row #1, we have a preview page that says "Changes Made" and on that page we would show

Candy $1 -> $3

I'm struggling with how to show the user that they edited row #1 and not #4. I know we can use indexes, but considering the preview page is a dialog, will the user know which row they edited if they only see row #1? In the actual table, we don't label the rows by number so I thought that could be confusing. Is there any other text I can use? So far, I have come up with "row #number" or "List item #number"

The solution needs to be applicable to all types of list. So this list might be items purchased, but another list might be "payments made", so using something specific like "item purchased #4" would not work.

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    Without knowing what the editing possibilities/limitations are, it's impossible to formulate an answer, in fact the options are countless: color, typography, indentation, size, style, etc.
    – Danielillo
    Commented Apr 2 at 12:33

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You have too many potential design options available here to handle with text descriptions. If you post some wire frames I could probably make some better informed suggestions. What I can say now is that for versioning in Excel, SharePoint will just highlight which cells were edited and the previous values.

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