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How can I append a number to the beginning of a number -- and then drag it down.

Posted on 2013-02-02
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Hi

Have Excel Office 2007.  Windows 7.

I have a column of numbers (can be text or number format), like this:

2123
2121
3123

I want to add a "zero" to the beginning of each of those numbers, such

02123
02121
03123

What formula can I use to do this.

Rowby
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Try ="0"&B2 then drag it down
Add zero...Terry
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Patrick Matthews earned 125 total points
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If you want the leading zero to be part of the value:

="0"&A2

If you want to simply alter the display, without changing the value, use a custom number format of 00000
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by:terencino
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You could copy the formula column then paste special values it over the original column. Or you could add this little macro, it adds a leading apostrophe to the selected values so it will always be treated as text data type.

Sub AddZero()
Dim c As Range
For Each c In Selection
    c.Value = "'0" & c.Value
Next c
End Sub

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by:karunamoorthy
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Suppose if you want like this,
A1       B1
1         00001
12         00012
123         00123
1234   01234


you can use this formula

=text(A1,"00000")

This appending zeros also work with alphabets also

Have a nice day!
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by:Rowby Goren
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Thanks!   All your solutions worked, in different ways.

I went with the 000000 formatting in this situation.

Rowby
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