Excel - Custom Format for #'s stored as text

I purposely want to have a field that is made of numbers stored as text. Unfortunately, if it is stored as text, if the number begins with 0(s), the 0 is truncated and not included.

Is there a custom format that will enable me to store a number field as text, without truncating leading 0's?

Thank you.
exp vgAsked:
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ProfessorJimJamMicrosoft Excel ExpertCommented:
Select a range of cells then right click format then select Text
Then when you enter values with prefix of zeros it will not be disappear
Ramesh VCommented:
You can the TEXT function. Please see the screenshot below.

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ProfessorJimJamMicrosoft Excel ExpertCommented:

your solution only works if the number of char is always 5,  if the OP values are 000455234 then your solution would not work.
Ramesh VCommented:
Yes, just for example I gave. We can make it dynamic also.
ProfessorJimJamMicrosoft Excel ExpertCommented:
you can preserve zeros  by Adding an Apostrophe before typing the number

like this '00005423423
Ramesh VCommented:
Ramesh VCommented:
Also we can use REPT to repeat Zeros (if the length of cell is constant)
exp vgAuthor Commented:
Thank you.
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