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    Mysterious Spacing Turn Number Into Text With Leading Zero

    I need to create an excel list from the online database so that what I did is just copy and paste. The online database listing start with a check box, then a number, then description. And what surprise me is that the code with leading zero usually won't appear but now it did. I try to figure it out and all I know is that there are just two spacing a the beginning of the number. I have attached the sample excel sheet below for reference. Is there anyone can explain this to me?
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    Re: Mysterious Spacing Turn Number Into Text With Leading Zero

    Hi,

    This can happen if you import data from another source.

    If the numbers are in a separate column, you can use Text-to-Columns and that should turn it into a number.


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    Re: Mysterious Spacing Turn Number Into Text With Leading Zero

    Hennie, did you try that suggestion on the attached sample workbook? The data has hidden characters (code=160) that are not standard spaces (code=32).

    My suggestion:

    1) In B1: =MID(A1,3,LEN(A1))+0
    2) Copy B1 down as needed
    3) Copy column B and Paste Special > Values over column A.
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    Re: Mysterious Spacing Turn Number Into Text With Leading Zero

    I did try it. Just highlight the column, text-to-columns, select delimited, delimiters should be Space and Finish.

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    Re: Mysterious Spacing Turn Number Into Text With Leading Zero

    Thanks for the reply and now I know that it is hidden characters instead of regular space. And both method from you two did turn that into number. Thank you guys so much!!!

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