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How to pad cells to a fixed length in Excel?

How to pad cells to fixed length for a neat look while the data values you type differed in text length in Excel? In this article, you may get the solution. Pad cells to fixed length

Pad cells to fixed length

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Pad cells to fixed length


To pad cells to a fixed length, you just need a simple formula.

Select the cells you want to use, type this formula =LEFT(A1&"*****",5), press Enter key, and drag fill handle over the cells as you need. In the formula A1 is the cell you use to fix length, * is the character you want to fill, 5 indicates to fix text length in 5 digits. See screenshot:

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Tip: Here are some formulas also working, you can choose one of them as you need.

=RIGHT("*****"&A1,5)

=A1 & REPT("*",5-LEN(A1))

=REPT("*",5-LEN(A1)) &A1


Remove Leading Zeros

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