# Excel - zipcode

I have a column in Excel, I want to get only five digit. If value is four, I want to add zero in front, if more than five, get the first
five digit. So far, I have this. =LEFT(B2,5)
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PresidentCommented:
Try:

=IF(LEN(B2)<=4,CONCATENATE("0",B2),IF(LEN(B2>=6),LEFT(B2,5),B2))
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Commented:
try this, it takes into account any number of characters as input:
=CONCATENATE(LEFT("00000";5-LEN(B2));RIGHT(B2;5))
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Commented:
You could also use

=TEXT(LEFT(B2,5),"00000")
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Commented:
Sorry, to get the "first" 5 digits, it should rather be
=CONCATENATE(LEFT("00000";5-LEN(B2));LEFT(B2;5))

@ Ejgil: Your solution looks even better than mine
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Excel VBA DeveloperCommented:
Okay, with zip codes, you obviously need leading zeros.  And your data sounds like you may have Zip+4 codes without the hyphen.  What happens if you have a 4-digit zipcode (leading zero missing) with the +4 extra digits?  Your original algorithm would miss this and not add the missing leading zero first since there was more than five digits to begin with (i.e., eight total).

To account for this use this formula (inserted in row 2 and copied down)
=IF(LEN(B2)=9,LEFT(B2,5),IF(OR(LEN(B2)=8,LEN(B2)=4),"0"&LEFT(B2,4),B2&""))

Regards,
-Glenn
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PresidentCommented:
Nice catch Glenn.  I hadn't anticipated the +4 scenario.
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Author Commented:
thank you
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=IF(LEN(I6)>5,LEFT(I6,5), REPT("0", 5-LEN(I6))&I6)
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Excel VBA DeveloperCommented:
@tomfarrar:
That returns the same results as Ejgil's formula.  It does not account for Zip+4 zip codes that should have a leading zero (i.e., only eight digits).

-Glenn
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Commented:
Should have read responses more closely.  Thanks.
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Excel VBA DeveloperCommented:
VBdotnet2005:

As shown here and in the attached example file, you'll see that not every formula returns the correct five digit master zip code from a set of zip codes that could range anywhere from 4 to 9 digits:

It's not my intention to call anyone out; the point here is to show that the solutions you accepted produce different results than what I believe you actually need.   You qualified the data type in the title of your post, "Excel - zipcode", so I offered a solution that actually addresses this scenario.  If you actually have 8-digit data in your source column you will get an erroneous result with any of the accepted solutions.

I strive to give complete and descriptive solutions here at EE.  So as not to disappoint, I'll be more-careful when considering whether to provide solutions for you in the future.

Regards,
-Glenn
EE-ZipCodes.xlsx
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Author Commented:
I don't need it anymore. Thank you
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