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Add a leading zero to number cells in Excel

Posted on 2013-01-31
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Hi - I want to automatically add just one leading zero to number cells in Excel through formatting.

E.g. 6 should be 06, 97 should be 097 and 125 should be 0125.

Thanks.
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Question by:paulmac110
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The easiest way would be to just use a formula to add the leading zero and return it as text:

="0"&A2

If you can guarantee that the biggest number in that column will be less than 1000, you could use this custom number format:

[<10]00;[<100]000;0000

To get fancier than that, you are going to need VBA, probably an event sub on the Change or Calculate events to apply number formatting on a cell-by-cell basis, which I do not recommend.
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Why not just use formatting

Select the cells, then Use Format Cells->Custom and enter the custom format "0000"
this forces all cells to have four digits - leading zeros will be added as appropriate
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