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How to add leading zero to fixed number length in Excel?

For example, you have a list of numbers with different character length which look untidy. For viewing neatly and clearly, you can add leading zero to fixed numbers with same length as below screenshot shown. This article, introduces the tricks on adding leading zero or trailing zero to fix number length in Excel.

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arrow blue right bubble Add leading zero to fixed number length with formula


Select a blank cell next to the numbers you want to add leading zero, B2 for instance, and enter this formula

Add leading zero after decimal to fixed number length with formula =TEXT(A2,"000000"), then drag autofill handle down to apply this formula to the cells you want. See screenshot:
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Tip: In above formula, A2 is the number you want to add leading zero, “000000” indicate to fix length as 6 character, you can change it as you want.


arrow blue right bubble Add trailing zero after decimal to fixed number length with formula

If you want to add trailing zero after decimal to fixed number length as below screenshot shown, you can apply following formula.
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Select a blank cell, C2 for instance, enter this formula =FIXED(A2,IF(ABS(A2)<1,5,5-INT(LOG(ABS(A2)))),TRUE), and drag fill handle over the cells you need to apply this formula. See screenshot:
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arrow blue right bubble Insert sequence number with leading zero by Kutools for Excel

In Excel, when you insert a number with leading zero, the leading zero will be hidden in default. But if you have Kutools for Excel installed, you can apply its Insert Sequence Number utility to insert numbers with leading zero easily.

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After free installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:

1. Select a range you want to list the sequence numbers, and click Kutools > Insert > Insert Sequence Number. See screenshot:
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2. In the Insert Sequence Number dialog, click New to expand the dialog, then specify the sequence number settings as you want. See screenshot:
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Note: Only if the number in the No. of digits box is bigger than the digits of number in the Start Number box, leading zero will be added into the sequence numbers.

3. Click Add to add this new sequence to the list, and then click Fill Range to fill the numbers to the selected cells. See screenshot:
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    birendra · 1 years ago
    nice article..exactly what I was looking for..Thanks