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How to remove leading zeros from alphanumeric text string in Excel?

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Supposing, I have a list of text strings which including some leading zeros, and now, I want to remove all the leading zeros from the text strings to get the following result, how could I solve this task in Excel quickly and easily?

Remove leading zeros from alphanumeric text strings with array formula

Remove leading zeros from alphanumeric text strings with User Defined Function

Remove leading zeros from alphanumeric text strings with Kutools for Excel

Add leading zeros to text strings with Kutools for Excel


arrow blue right bubble Remove leading zeros from alphanumeric text strings with array formula


In Excel, there is no direct way for you to remove the leading zeros from strings, but, you can apply the following array formula to solve it.

1. Please type this array formula: =MID(A2,MATCH(TRUE,(MID(A2,ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A2))),1)<>"0"),0),LEN(A2)) (A2 is the cell that you want to remove the leading zeros from) into a blank cell where you want to get the result, C2, for example, and then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys together to get the correct result, see screenshot:

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2. And then select the cell C2 and drag the fill handle down to the cells that you want to contain this formula, all the leading zeros have been removed from the text strings, see screenshot:

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arrow blue right bubble Remove leading zeros from alphanumeric text strings with User Defined Function

Except the above array formula, the following VBA code also can do you a favor, please do as follows:

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

2. Click Insert > Module, and paste the following code in the Module Window.

VBA code: Remove leading zeros from alphanumeric text strings:

Function RemoveLeadingZeros(Str As String)
'updateby Extendoffice 20160406
  Do While Left(Str, 1) = "0"
    Str = Mid(Str, 2)
  Loop
  RemoveLeadingZeros = Str
End Function 

3. And then save and close this code, go back to the worksheet, and enter this formula: =removeleadingzeros(A2) (A2 is the cell that you want to remove the leading zeros from) into a blank cell, then drag the fill handle down to the cells which you want to apply this formula, and all the leading zeros have been deleted from the text strings, see screenshot:

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arrow blue right bubble Remove leading zeros from alphanumeric text strings with Kutools for Excel

If you have Kutools for Excel, with its Remove Leading Zeros feature, you can remove all leading zeros from multiple cells with a click.

Kutools for Excel : with more than 300 handy Excel add-ins, free to try with no limitation in 60 days. 

After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as follows:

1. Select the cells that you want to remove all leading zeros, and then click Kutools > Text > Remove Leading Zeros, see screenshot:

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2. And then all the leading zeros in the text strings have been deleted at once, see screenshot:

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arrow blue right bubble Add leading zeros to text strings with Kutools for Excel

Sometimes, you may want to insert a number of leading zeros before your text strings at once, in this case, the Kutools for Excel’s Add Text utility can help you to finish this job as quickly as you can.

Kutools for Excel : with more than 300 handy Excel add-ins, free to try with no limitation in 60 days.

After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as follows:

1. Select the text string cells which you want to add leading zeros.

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

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3. In the Add Text dialog box, enter zeros that you want to add before the text strings into the Text box, and then select Before first character from the Position, see screenshot:

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4. Then click Ok or Apply button, your specified number of zeros have been inserted before all the selected text strings, see screenshot:

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