How To Add Leading Zeros To A Number



Generic Formula

  • 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“.

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