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want all the fields in a column to be 9 digits

some numbers are
67
want

00000000000067

tried column change in microsoft excel 2007

but will not save because I need to convert to .csv
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[EDIT]: You have now changed the question! [/EDIT]

Hi,

Select the entire column, & use [CTRL]+[1] key combination to display the "Format Cells" dialog box.

Click the [Number] tab if not already shown, & select the "Custom" Category.

For 9 digits, enter a Type of:
000000000

Confirm with the [OK] button.

PS. I note that your question asks for "9 digits" but you then state:
00000000000067

(14 digits)

If you do want 14 digits, enter a Type of:
00000000000000

BFN,

fp.

[EDIT]: You have now changed the question! [/EDIT]
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but this feature will not be preserved if I save as .csv
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Yes, but when I started to type my answer there was no mention of "csv" (file) in your question text.
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correct answer before I edited

thank you
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In order to maintain leading zero(e)s within Comma Separated Value [CSV] format files, the respective columns (fields) will be required to be enclosed within quotes.

For example...
---
"00000000000067", "second column row 1"
"00000000000123", "second column row 2"
"00000000004567", "second column row 3"
---

If you wish to create CSV files with numeric fields in this manner, then you will need a bespoke file creation routine such as this:

[ http://www.mcgimpsey.com/excel/textfiles.html#fixedfield ]
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