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formatting cell to 10 digits in excel

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I have a column that is a text .  It needs preceeding zero's for identification.
when i copy this data out of a sqy query result and paste it in to excel, it will take out the leading zeros.
I can custom format the column with 0000000000  (ten zeros)  and it works fine visibly.  when i then take the newly formatted column
of data and paste it to another column, it will revert back and take out the leading zeros.  This is paste values.
I can also paste with formatting and that seems to work fine.

My problem is this... when i import that data back into sql, it reverts back to truncating the preceeding zeros.

there are 4 columns that show my process

i can't use the & function or concatenate function to add just one zero because some of the accounts have 2 preceeding zeros...
ten-digit-help.xlsx
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>it will take out the leading zeros.
That's a very common issue, as Excel interprets the data type as numeric and formats accordingly, and all numeric data types do not support leading zeros.

Couple of options:
  • Add a single tick mark ' to the left of any export to Excel, which will interpret it as text and not numeric.  Then in any import from Excel to SQL Server remove the tick mark.
  • Edit your 'import that data back into sql' process to specifically ensure the leading zeros are there plus insert into a char/varchar column.
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trying to add a single quote to output of sql query and am unable to.... i can add just about anything else but am having trouble with single quote
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Show us the T-SQL, as adding a quote mark within a string usually means two quote marks, For example..
SELECT 'My name is Radar O''Reilly.  Choppers!!!'

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no success.  i have tried with and without parenthesis and with and without the '+'
USE Test
 GO
SELECT  ('' + f.designatornumber)
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just got it
thanks ST. Jimbo
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