how to have excel number format with leading zero?

Hi everyone,

I want to represent the number sequence "0xxx" in Excel as a number, not text. Is there a way to do this (I need to manipulate it).
If not, it's not the end of the world as I can convert to number, do my work, and then pad it out to 4 digits with leading zero's, but this isn't the neatest way.


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Hi Astroman,

just enter the number (for example 0) and go to Format/Cells/Custom and type in the 'Type' box:


Now if you comy the format to other cells, when you type in a such formatted cell any number, it will be followed by three little x's and you'll still be able to do calculations on the number as Excel still sees a number.

Hope this helps


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AstromanAuthor Commented:
Thats a nice little solution.

Thanks for your help,  I never thought of that!


You're Welcome, Leon

I use this thing very often when having to add units and still want to be able to do calculations.
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