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How to insert / add apostrophe in front of numbers in Excel?

Adding apostrophe in front of numbers can make the numbers become text format, if there are multiple number cells needed to be added the leading apostrophe, how could you do except inserting them one by one in Excel?

Insert / Add apostrophe in front of numbers with VBA code

Insert / Add apostrophe in front of numbers with Convert between Text and number

Insert / Add apostrophe in front of numbers with Add Text of Kutools for Excel


Insert or add leading apostrophe in front of numbers:

With Kutools for Excel's Convert between Text and Number feature, you can quickly insert or remove leading apostrophe from the front of numbers as you need. Click to download and free trail Kutools for Excel now!

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The following simple code may help you to insert apostrophe before each number in a selection, please do as follows:

1. Select the range of numbers that you want to add the apostrophe.

2. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

3. Then click Insert > Module, and paste the following code in the Module window.

VBA code: Insert apostrophe in front of numbers at once:

Sub Addapostrophe()
'updateby Extendoffice 20151207
For Each cell In Selection
cell.Value = "'" & cell.Value
Next cell
End Sub

4. After pasting the code, then press F5 key to run this code, and the apostrophe has been inserted in front of the numbers at once.

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If you have Kutools for Excel’s Convert between Text and Number utility, you can quickly convert the numbers to text format with the leading apostrophe.

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After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as this:

1. Select the numbers that you want to add the leading apostrophe.

2. Click Kutools > Content > Convert between Text and Number, see screenshot:

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3. In the Convert between Text and Number dialog box, please select Number to text, and click Ok or Apply, and the apostrophe has been added in front of the numbers as following screenshot shown:

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With another feature-Add Text of Kutools for Excel also can help you to finish this job. The Add Text utility can help you to insert any characters or texts before, after or at specific position of the cell content. Please do as follows:

1. Select the numbers that you want to add the leading apostrophe.

2. Then click Kutools > Text > Add Text, see screenshot:

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3. In the Add Text dialog box, type the apostrophe ' into the Text box, and select Before first character option under the Position section, then click Ok or Apply button, and the apostrophe has been added before each number in the selections, see screenshot:

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    Amish · 2 years ago
    Used the "Insert / Add apostrophe in front of numbers with VBA code" and worked like a charm.