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Coldfusion Report Builder - Excel removes leading zeros

Posted on 2007-03-29
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Using ColdFusion Report Builder, I am producing an excel report. The excel report is stripping out leading zeros from a text field. For instance, the data looks like this: 000006456 When it is put into excel, it looks like this: 6456
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Question by:Nigel-SA
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by:sagergaard
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This is because Excel tries to help, and says "This could be a number. I'll make it a number."
Make sure the columns format is set to Text.  (rightclick on the column and choose Format cells.
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sagergaard earned 500 total points
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Another possibility could be to use a ' in front of the 000006456. This way Excel is forced to display the whole "number". And it still hides the '.
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by:Nigel-SA
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Thanks you gave us an idea, in ColdFusion Report Builder use the statement below to kick a ' before the number so excel sees it as a text field.

Insert("'", query.FIELD, 0)
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