SQL query output to Excel without dropping leading zeroes

I am trying to get data from a SQL query and items like zip codes or SSNs have leading zeroes. The correct digits show in a CSV file but if opened in Excel the leading zeroes are dropped by default.

My vendor is requesting that I output the field in a TEXT format so that Excel does not drop the zeroes.

How do you format the SQL statement to accomplish this?

I have tried adding a leading and trailing double quote (") and then in Excel when opening the CSV telling it that a double quote is a text delimiter, but it still drops the zeroes.
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You are close. In addition to the double quotes you have added, put an equal sign in front of the first double quote.


This worked for me in Excel 2003.

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to froce excel to treat it as text use a single quote before the leading 0 - you may neeed to 'escape' this in sql or add it using the CHAR function or equivalent
scottrwalkerAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the pointer...that worked in Excel 2010 as well.
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