#### Adding a leading zero "0" to a number in a cell

```I am trying to create a formula that will add a leading zerto to any number
that comes in with less than 5 digits. This is for a spreadsheet that will
carry over zip codes for a mailing.  I want to know if I can write a formula
and if so, what it is that if a column of numbers just has 234 that the
formula will automatically add the two zeros making it 00234. Or if it is
2345 it will convert it to 02345.

Also - will the leading zeros (for lack of a better term) be hard coded so
that when you extor to a csv or another format, the zeros will remain.

Thanks
--
Chip
```
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```supposing your 234 value is in cell A1, your formula would be:
=TEXT(A1,"00000")

Yes, these will be sustained through saving as CSV or other format, as they
are now a text value.

"chipwood3" wrote:

> I am trying to create a formula that will add a leading zerto to any number
> that comes in with less than 5 digits. This is for a spreadsheet that will
> carry over zip codes for a mailing.  I want to know if I can write a formula
> and if so, what it is that if a column of numbers just has 234 that the
> formula will automatically add the two zeros making it 00234. Or if it is
> 2345 it will convert it to 02345.
>
> Also - will the leading zeros (for lack of a better term) be hard coded so
> that when you extor to a csv or another format, the zeros will remain.
>
> Thanks
> --
> Chip
```
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2/22/2010 11:12:01 PM
```Select Number format then Number then Custom. Inset 5 zeros in the Type: Field.

I tested this in xl2007. Saving as a .csv file and then opened it with

--
Regards,

OssieMac

"chipwood3" wrote:

> I am trying to create a formula that will add a leading zerto to any number
> that comes in with less than 5 digits. This is for a spreadsheet that will
> carry over zip codes for a mailing.  I want to know if I can write a formula
> and if so, what it is that if a column of numbers just has 234 that the
> formula will automatically add the two zeros making it 00234. Or if it is
> 2345 it will convert it to 02345.
>
> Also - will the leading zeros (for lack of a better term) be hard coded so
> that when you extor to a csv or another format, the zeros will remain.
>
> Thanks
> --
> Chip
```
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Utf
2/22/2010 11:18:01 PM

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