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How to remove leading zeros before decimal point in Excel?

For instances, here is a list of decimal numbers, and your job is to remove the leading zeros before the decimal point as below screenshot shown. You can delete the zeros one by one, but if there are hundreds of numbers needed to delete leading zeros, how can you quickly get this job done in Excel?
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Remove leading zeros before decimal by Format Cells

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Remove leading zeros before decimal by Format Cells


In Excel, if you want to remove the leading zeros before decimal point, you can apply the Format Cells function.

1. Select the numbers you want to remove the leading zeros before decimal point, and right click to select Format Cells from the context menu. See screenshot:
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2. In the Format Cells dialog, under Number tab, click Custom from the Category list, and enter .00 into the Type textbox in the right section. See screenshot:
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Note: .00 indicates to retain two numbers after decimal point, you can change it to .000 or .0000 as you need.

3. Click OK. Now the leading zeros before decimal point have been from the selected numbers.
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Remove leading zeros from texts by Kutools for Excel with one click

But most of the times, you may want to remove the leading zeros from texts as below screenshot shown, have you any quickly tricks to solve it?
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Here I introduce a handy add in tool – Kutools for Excel, with its Remove Leading Zeros utility, you can remove leading zeros form texts by a click.

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After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:(Free Download Kutools for Excel Now!)

Select the texts you want to remove the leading zeros from, and click Kutools > Text > Remove Leading Zeros. See screenshot:
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Then a dialog pops out to remind you the number of cells which have been removed leading zeros, click OK to close the dialog, then the leading zeros have been remove from selected texts.
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Tip. If you want to have a free trial of the Remove Leading Zeros function, please go to free download Kutools for Excel first, and then go to apply the operation according above steps.


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