How To Add Leading Zeros To A Number

2017-09-30

Example

=TEXT(B3,REPT(“0”,C3))

Generic Formula

=TEXT(Number,REPT(“0”,N))
  • Number – This is the number which you want to add leading zeros to.
  • N – This is total number of characters you want in the resulting leading zeros number string.

What It Does

This formula will add leading zeros to a given number up to a specified number of total characters in the result.

How It Works

REPT(“0”,N) will create a text string with N zeros. In our example, REPT(“0”,6) results in a text string of 6 zeros “000000“.

The TEXT(Number,”000000″) function will then format any given number as a text string with up to 6 characters for leading zeros. In our example, TEXT(111,”000000″) will result in the text string “000111“.

About the Author

John MacDougall

John MacDougall

John is a Microsoft MVP and freelance consultant and trainer specializing in Excel, Power BI, Power Automate, Power Apps and SharePoint. You can find other interesting articles from John on his blog or YouTube channel.

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