How To Add or Pad Leading Zeros To Numbers or text In Excel?

If you have a list of numbers that you need to add or pad some leading zeros before the numbers, when typing the zeros manually, they will be removed by default. This article is going to show you some tutorials about how to add leading zeros to numbers or text in ranges of cells in Excel.

Method 1: Add or pad the leading zeros to numbers to equal certain length with Text function

Supposing you have a range of data, and you need to add zeros in front of each cells to make the numbers as same length. How could you quickly add the zeros before the numbers?

The Text function will add zeros in front of numbers, and make the new numbers with leading zeros in certain length.

Enter the formula =TEXT(A4,"000000")in a blank cell where you want to output the result, and then drag the fill handle down to the cells that you want to apply this formula, and all the numbers become a fixed six-digit character string, see screenshot:

Note: This Text function can not add leading zeros for text.

Method 2: Add or pad the leading zeros to numbers to equal certain length with Format Cells function

In Excel, the Format Cells feature also can help you pad the leading zeros to cell values to make them as same length, please do as this:

1. Select the cell values you want to pad leading zeros, and then right click, then choose Format Cells from the context menu.

2. In the Format Cells dialog box, under the Number tab, select Custom in the left Category pane, and then enter 000000 into the Type text box, (In this example, I will make the numbers as six-digit numbers, you can change it to your need.), see screenshot:

3. Then, click OK to close this dialog box, and the numbers in the original cells have been converted to the certain length numbers with leading zeros. See screenshot:

Method 3: Add or insert the same number of leading zeros to numbers with Concatenate function

If you want to insert specific digit of leading zeros into each number, for example three leading zeros for each number, you should try the Concatenate function.

Enter the formula =CONCATENATE("000",A4) in a blank cell, and then drag the fill handle down to fill this formula to other cells, and all numbers have been added three zeros before the numbers, see screenshot:

Method 4: Method 4: Add or insert the same number of leading zeros to numbers and text with Kutools for Excel

Functions or formulas may be not easy for you to remember and apply. Here is another tricky way, the Add Text utility of Kutools for Excel, to help you insert leading zeros before numbers in selections.

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1. Select the range that you want to add zeros before the numbers or text.

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

3. In the Add Text dialog box, enter the number of zeros with a leading apostrophe in the Text box, and select the Before first character option, then click Ok button, and the zeros have been added before the numbers as following screenshot shown:

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I need to add zeros to the front of the ID (know how to add leading zeros) but some need 6 and some need 5 zeros. Is there a formula to make sure I have a 10 digit number when I'm done?

I deal alot with serial numbers of my companies product that includes leading zeros, which I frequently store in Excel sheets by pasting them out of our SAP system. Usually I can just format the cells as text before pasting them, which keeps the zeros, but occasionally I have to add them back in. Before finding this article I've struggled with that, but this works perfectly, thanks for the tip.

Hi! I have no idea if this is possible or not, but my boss would like to enter whole numbers into cells, but then have them converted into decimals (for example, he want to enter a 5 in the cell, but then have it converted to .0005). Another example that he gave is he might enter 49 and would like the cell to be .0049. Any suggestions/ideas? Thanks!

Hi. You could enter a formula that divides the cell by 10000. For example, if your entry cell is A1 and your cell for formatting is B1, you can type the following in B1:

=A1/10000

Then type something in A1 and check. Does that work or do you need a more precise solution?

Hi, I have a problem, but not sure if it can be fixed in Excel:

I have to export a file to CSV (currently the only option), within that file there are numbers that are usually 16 characters long, the first 2 are zeros, and sometimes, the last two figures might be E followed by a number, for example, 00633597038029E6. In the system they are being exported from, it is consistent and there isn't a problem, however as soon as the CSV file is opened in Excel, it converts the E6 and replaces it with 6 zeros, the above number becomes 00633597038029000000. However, it also only does this when it drops the 2 zeros from the front. Leaving it as 633597038029000000. When excel does not decide to drop the 2 zeros, it isn't a problem and it leaves the number as E6, it is only on the occasion where it has for some reason, dropped the 2 zeros.

The problem I have is that it seems that by the time I have opened the file, it is too late to do anything as excel has already converted the numbers.

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#OC, I wrote you a VBA script. To execute, open your subject Workbook, ensure that the affected column is formatted as Text, then press alt+F11, then in the toolbar select Insert > Module. When the editor loads, paste the following code in and then execute:

Sub Column_Fix()

Dim rng As Range, col As Range, arr Dim sht As Worksheet, c As Range, tmp

On Error Resume Next 'in case of cancellation Set rng = Application.InputBox( _ Prompt:="Please select the column that contains the incorrect values." & _ " (e.g. Column A or Column B)", _ Title:="Select Range", Type:=8)

On Error GoTo 0

hdr = MsgBox("Does your selection contain a header?", vbYesNo + vbQuestion, "Header Option")

If rng Is Nothing Then Exit Sub

If rng.Columns.Count > 1 Then MsgBox "Please select only one column at a time.", vbExclamation Exit Sub End If

Set sht = rng.Parent

Application.ScreenUpdating = False If hdr = vbYes Then Set col = sht.Range(sht.Cells(2, rng.Column), _ sht.Cells(sht.Rows.Count, rng.Column).End(xlUp))

For Each c In col.Cells c.Value = Replace(c.Value, ".", "") Next c End If If hdr = vbNo Then Set col = sht.Range(sht.Cells(1, rng.Column), _ sht.Cells(sht.Rows.Count, rng.Column).End(xlUp))

For Each c In col.Cells c.Value = Replace(c.Value, ".", "") Next c End If Application.ScreenUpdating = True End Sub

Thank you for all your helpful tips. I was wondering if there is a way to format the answers from a formula to be able to copy the result into another program as a number. Ex. I need to use the number produced from =Text (A1, "000") Cell A1 12345 Cell A2 =Text (A1,"000000")Result being 012345 Copy & Paste 012345 as a number into another program without the formula being pasted into the other program. When I copy & paste 012345 the result is =Text (A1, "000000")

1) Use Text to Columns (Data > Text to Columns) to split out the last number. - Use fixed width and split after the second hyphen/dash. 2) Use =Text(B1,"000") formula for the numbers you need changed to 3 digits. 3) Use Concatenate formula to recombine the data back into a single string.

1. Split with Text to Column 2. Insert formula =Text(B1,"000") (Column C) 3. Concatenate Column A & Column C (Column D)

A B C D ABW-M- 1 001 ABW-M-001 BAS-B- 74 074 BAS-B-074 ESU-F- 3 003 ESU-F-003

Is there anyway to ad quotation marks before and after any text entered into a cell? It looks like Kutools could do it but is there anyway to do it with just Excel? Thanks in advance.

Here is a quick way to add the quotation mark before & after your text...

1. Enter " into a blank cell. 2. Formula... =(select cell with the ")&(select cell with your text)&(select cell with the ") Example: " in cell A1 and Barry in cell C1... =A1&C1&A1. Result: "Barry"

THIS IS JUST AWESOME. MANY THANKS. PLEASE I STILL HAVE ONE CHALLENGE ON THIS, I HAVE A RANGE TO WORK ON, FIRST I HAVE TO ROUND THE NUMBERS UP TO 10, BUT I HAVE THEM IN 3 DIFFERENT DIGITS (6, 7 & 8) SCATTERED ALL OVER THE RANGE. MY PROBLEM IS HOW TO INPUT A FOMULAR THAT WILL ENABLE THE EXCEL DETECT HOW MANY ZEROS EACH OF THE NUMBERS WILL HAVE IN FRONT TO ROUND UP TO 10.

I have used concatenate to create two leading zeros in number not text. A1 00 B1 00 C1 1234 = 001234 my problem is the worksheet needs to be uploaded into a program and the C1 cell is a problem because it has the concatenate formula and is not recognised as a number. Can you help?

Simple fix. After using the aforementinoed formula, copy all cells that contain formulas and right click and 'paste values'. This will keep the values on the spreadsheet (formula results) and get rid of the formulas for you.