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    dropping the leading zero

    I am having issues with leading zeros dropping off when I copy/paste into cells. I do Vlookup and convert my columns to text to be sure that I will get a return on my lookup. The numbers I use are manufacturer or vendor part numbers such as 02273480. In some cases, when I add this number into a cell, the leading zero is gone and I will not get a match. I know that if I add ' to the cell first, the zero stays but when I am pasting 70-100,000 lines at a time, that isnt an option. any help would be great.


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    Re: dropping the leading zero

    Hi Kelly,

    Try using this formula... =TEXT(A1,"00000000")

    The number of zeros inside the quote will depend how many you need...

    Hope this helps...

    - Dennis

    re-post: are you comparing numbers to numbers? If so, the format won't matter... but if you are comparing number and text will be a problem...

    Why don't you attach a sample workbook for us to look at...
    Last edited by djapigo; 11-08-2012 at 01:52 PM.

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    Re: dropping the leading zero

    If you do the "Find/replace" and remove the periods and replace with nothing, the leading zero drops.

    test excel.xlsx

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    Re: dropping the leading zero

    If you add you're desired result in the sheet, you get an better anwer.
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    Re: dropping the leading zero

    I need the leading zero to stay in place when I remove the periods or dashes.

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    Re: dropping the leading zero

    Like the solution in #2.
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    Re: dropping the leading zero

    sorry, the first upload was the test sheet I used and the zeros were already removed. here is the sheet I want to remove the periods and keep the leading zeros.

    22test excel.xlsx

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    Re: dropping the leading zero

    Hi Kelly,

    Try this formula... =TEXT(SUBSTITUTE(A1,".",""),"000000000000")

    re-post: hmmm, what to do with row 14? do you only want 1 leading zero?

    re-post2: just use this... =SUBSTITUTE(A1,".","")
    Last edited by djapigo; 11-08-2012 at 02:51 PM.

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    Re: dropping the leading zero

    I need the numbers to remain as they are but without the periods and dashs. I hope that makes sense

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    Re: dropping the leading zero

    Do a 2 step process, use the the SUBSTITUTE formula first with the "." then with "-"

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