## How to add/insert leading zeros to numbers or text in Excel?

Supposing you need to input some zip codes or phone numbers in cells of Excel, then you will find Microsoft Excel removes the leading zeros by default. This article is going to show you some tutorials about how to add leading zeros to numbers or text in ranges of cells in Excel 2007/2010.

**Add/ insert leading zeros to numbers with Text function**

**Add/ insert leading zeros to numbers and text with Concatenate function**

**Add/ insert leading zeros to numbers and text with Kutools for Excel**

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Supposing you have a range of data, and you need to add zeros in front of each cells as following screenshots show. How could you quickly add the zeros before the numbers?

** Add/ insert leading zeros to numbers with Text function**

The Text function will add zeros in front of numbers, and make the new numbers with leading zeros in certain length.

Step 1: Enter the formula ** =Text (A1, "00000")** in a blank cell which is adjacent to the data cell.

Step 2: Then press **Enter** key, and select cell C1 drag the fill handle across the range that you want to fill. Then you will view all the numbers in A1:B6 are copied and pasted to C1:D6 with leading numbers. And each numbers contains 5 digits.

**Tips**: 1. As they are formulas, so when you need to copy and paste them to other places, you need to paste them as values.

2. This Text function can not add leading numbers for text.

** Add/ insert leading zeros to numbers and text with Concatenate function**

If you want to insert specific digit of leading zeros into each number, for example three leading zeros for each number, you should try the Concatenate function.

Step 1: Enter the formula ** =Concatenate ("000", A1)** in a blank cell and press

**Enter**key. In this case, we enter the formula in Cell C1.

Step 2: Click the Cell C1, and drag the fill handle across the range that you want to fill. Then you will view numbers in A1:B6 are pated to C1:D6, and each number contains three leading zeros.

** Add/ insert leading zeros to numbers and text with Kutools for Excel**

Functions or formulas may be not easy for you to remember and apply. Here is another tricky way, the **Add Text** utility of Kutools for Excel, to help you insert leading zeros before numbers in selections.

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Step 1: Select the range what you will work with.

Step 2: Right click the range, and select **Formal cells** from context menu. In the **Format Cells** dialog box, click the **Text **option in **Category** list under** Number** tab. Click **OK**.

Step 3: Click the **Kutools** > **Text Tools** > **Add Text**.

Step 4: In the** Add Text** dialog box, enter zeros in the **Text** box, and select the **Before first character** option.

Step5: And then click **OK** or **Apply**. Then all cells are added leading zeros in the selection.

The **Add Text** utility of Kutools for Excel supports us to add any specific text and characters before or after the original cell text. What's more, we can add specific text between original cell texts. No matter which settings you set, you can preview the cell changes in the Preview section. **Click to know more about this utility**.

## Comments

my problem is the worksheet needs to be uploaded into a program and the C1 cell is a problem because it has the concatenate formula and is not recognised as a number. Can you help?

One tip for those like me who are trying to add leading zeros & leading text, try using the "&" to pull everything together.

Example:

="Bob"&(Text(value,"000000")). If the value (number) is 123, the result will be... Bob000123