Solved

Format cell in Excel to accept zeros in front

Posted on 2010-08-18
8
468 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
Excel 2010.  How can I format cells in Excel so it accepts zeros(000) in front of the numbers.  I tried General, Numbers, etc - nothing helps.

Please advice.
0
Comment
Question by:Tiras25
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
  • +2
8 Comments
 
LVL 21

Expert Comment

by:Hendrik Wiese
ID: 33469389
Try a custom value of 0000 then it will show leading zeros
0
 
LVL 4

Expert Comment

by:Scanman999
ID: 33469390
Just used the CUSTOM option in the Cell Format dialog and put 000000 to format any numbers to 6 digits in this case
0
 
LVL 21

Expert Comment

by:Hendrik Wiese
ID: 33469412
sorry so you would go Format Cells > click on Custom and in the Type field where the default value is General just type in 0000 and click ok.

Now when you enter 5 in the field it will display as 0005
0
SharePoint Admin?

Enable Your Employees To Focus On The Core With Intuitive Onscreen Guidance That is With You At The Moment of Need.

 
LVL 4

Assisted Solution

by:abitoun
abitoun earned 50 total points
ID: 33469463
that is the best option for a lot of fields but it actually does not add the zeroes, it just mask the zeroes. in other words it is only a visual effect. if you want to add the zeroes for rea (for example if you are saving a text file and the id's need zeroes) you can add an apostrophe (') before the first zero and excel will treat it as such, unfortunately if you save it as csv and reopen it excel will truncate the zeroes again. if you have a huge list you can use the followingformula to achieve your goal:

="'"&repeat(0,10-len(a2))&a2
in the above formula a2 has the number without zeroes, 10 is the total length i want for the field, then i add a2 and gives me a perfect field of 10 charachters with leading zeroes.
0
 
LVL 17

Author Comment

by:Tiras25
ID: 33469475
That still doesn't work for me.  I have a number in the cell [1788348].  I need to keep this number with 00 in front [001788348].  I put zeros in, and when go next cell it switches back to 'no-zeroes' format.  

Custom still doesn't help....
0
 
LVL 4

Expert Comment

by:abitoun
ID: 33469505
when you go to custom you put:
00####### so custom knows to add two zeeroes in front of the number
0
 
LVL 92

Accepted Solution

by:
Patrick Matthews earned 450 total points
ID: 33469522
Change the numberformat to Text; that will force Excel to treat entries into that range as text, even if they "look" like numbers.
0
 
LVL 17

Author Comment

by:Tiras25
ID: 33469556
OK apostrophe and Text formatting works.  

Thank you!
0

Featured Post

Technology Partners: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

When you see single cell contains number and text, and you have to get any date out of it seems like cracking our heads.
Do you use a spreadsheet like Microsoft's Excel?  Have you ever wanted to link out to a non excel file on your computer or network drive?  This is the way I found to do it!
Excel styles will make formatting consistent and let you apply and change formatting faster. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to use Excel's built-in styles, how to modify styles, and how to create your own. You'll also learn how to use your custo…
Polish reports in Access so they look terrific. Take yourself to another level. Equations, Back Color, Alternate Back Color. Write easy VBA Code. Tighten space to use less pages. Launch report from a menu, considering criteria only when it is filled…

713 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question