Excel text and number format, cant get all the same

I have a price list that was created by exporting part numbers from SQL via Access, this was copy pasted to excel, some of the part numbers end with trailing zero's 0712.03000 for example. those numbers exported and put in this excel file are ok for what we are trying to do, but at one point the excel file had some manipulation and the part numbers were manually typed 0712.03000, the numbers from the import all seem to be format as number with decimal at 5, but all have the green triangle icon except where someone typed in the number.

No matter how I try to format the cells when I try to concatenate adding a "REG" prefix, the trailing zeroes get stripped.

I have tried formatting the entire column to numbers, or text, still get the same results, I cant seem to force the formatting on those cells.
Jeremy KirkbrideAsked:
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MontoyaProcess Improvement MgrCommented:
Im a little confused.

what is the end result you are hoping for?

are you saying that you're getting different results based on where the number is coming from?
sounds like on of your options is coming across as a string
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helpfinderIT ConsultantCommented:
try to make selection of desired cells, copy them, then right click and paste special as Values.
Also you can format some empty column as Text and make paste special>Values here to check if it will work then as you wish
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MontoyaProcess Improvement MgrCommented:
You can also do this:

This method works best if the data is arranged in a single column or row. This method uses the TRIM function and the CLEAN function to remove extra spaces and nonprinting characters that may be imported with the file. The following example assumes that the data is in column A and starts in row 1 ($A$1). To use this example, follow these steps:
Insert a column to the right of column A. To do this, right-click Column B's header, and then click Insert.
In the first cell of the inserted column (B1), type the following:
$B$1:   =VALUE(TRIM(CLEAN(A1)))
                              
In column B, select all the cells to the right of the cells that contain data in column A.
On the Edit menu, point to Fill, and then click Down.

The new column contains the values of the text in column A.
With the same range selected, click Copy on the Edit menu. (In Excel 2007 or later, click the Copy icon on the ribbon.)
Select cell A1. In Excel 2003 or earlier, click Paste Special on the Edit menu. In 2007 or later, click the down arrow under Paste in the ribbon, and click Paste Special. Under Paste, click Values, and then click OK to paste the converted values back on top of column A.
Delete column B by selecting the column and clicking Delete on the Edit menu.
The text that was in column A is in a number format.

Note This method may not remove all nonprinting whitespace characters. For example, the whitespace character Chr$(160) will not be removed.
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NorieAnalyst Assistant Commented:
How did you try adding REG?

Did you try using the TEXT function, or if you are using code Format?

="REG"&TEXT(A1, "0000.00000")
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Jeremy KirkbrideAuthor Commented:
Thanks
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