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# Saving excel file as a csv file

Posted on 2014-10-21
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Hello

I have to save an excel file as a csv file.  One of the columns has data which may begin with zero(s).  After the saving the file I notice the leading zero(s) are dropped.  When I save the file as a text this does not happen, but I need a csv file.

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John
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Josh Carpenter earned 500 total points
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What's happening is that Excel is formatting the numbers as numbers (integers) and then removes the zeros from view. You can format those cells differently so that the zeroes are properly displayed: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel-help/format-numbers-as-text-HP010342535.aspx

From their Tips on that page:

"When you enter a number that begins with a zero—for example, a product code—Excel will delete the zero by default. If this is not what you want, you can create a custom number format that forces Excel to retain the leading zero. For example, if you're typing or pasting ten-digit product codes in a worksheet, Excel will change numbers like 0784367998 to 784367998. In this case, you could create a custom number format consisting of the code 0000000000, which forces Excel to display all ten digits of the product code, including the leading zero. For more information about this issue, see Create or delete a custom number format and Keep leading zeros in number codes."
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