Text / CSV File Open in Excel (Leading zeros)

Is there something I can put in the Text/CSV File so that when the operator opens it in Excel by double clicking it, it won't remove the leading zeros in one of the number fields...they want to see the leading zeros...but want to double click it to open it.

Thanks,
Mark
smithmrkAsked:
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Shaun KlineLead Software EngineerCommented:
You can put an apostrophe (') at the beginning of the value.

Excel will treat the value as text instead of a number.
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smithmrkAuthor Commented:
Yes, but when you double click the csv file the apostrophe (') shows in the field...is there a way to do it so the apostrophe (') doesn't show when you open the file?  I know in older version of Excel it would drop the apostrophe (') and leave the leading zeros, but new versions don't do that it shows it in the cell.

Mark
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loftywormCommented:
I suspect it is not directly possible as you state it, this would seem to support that position;
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_vista-files/how-to-format-notepads-differently/06b37b6d-a463-e011-8dfc-68b599b31bf5?auth=1

But, You may be able to setup the defaults inside excel to always read cells in a specific way.

my 2 cents
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smithmrkAuthor Commented:
Well that is close enough...Thanks!
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Shaun KlineLead Software EngineerCommented:
I ran across a "hack" that might work for you. If you include a tab after the number, Excel treats the field as a text. It is not viewable by the user unless they edit the field.
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smithmrkAuthor Commented:
Oh Crap...Sorry Shaun I didn't give you enough time to post that answer before I awarded the points to the other expert.

I will try that and I'm totally sorry for not giving you more time to find that and for me to get you some points.

Thanks,
Mark
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smithmrkAuthor Commented:
OK Shaun...

I tried the Tab thing after the number and it puts a small square box after the number in the cell.

Thanks,
Mark
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tel2Commented:
In Excel 2007 I also get that small square box (with a "?" inside it), smithmrk.
What version of Excel are you using, anyway?
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smithmrkAuthor Commented:
I'm using Excel 2010, just the square box for me.
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