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REPLACE command drops leading zeros
I have some part numbers (see examples below) that contain hypens that I need
to remove for approx. 800 records. If I edit the cells and remove the hypens manually the leading zero is dropped because Excel assumes it's a number. If i format the cell as TEXT first then repeat the process the leading zero is retained. Since I have so many records to remove the hypens from I wanted to use the FIND/REPLACE menu option. When I do this I lose the leading zeros regarless of whether or not I format the cells as TEXT beforehand. Does anyone have any idea why this is happening? I thought it may be a bug so I tried in both Excel 2003 and 2007 with the same results. I also thought that maybe there is some hidden formatting in the spreadsheet that may be tripping me up (I've seen this before in Excel) so I copied and PASTE AS VALUES the data to a new Excel file with the same results. Any help would be much appreciated. Guy 0224918060101030 0335477860101019 0141861940101079 0102173790101150 0284563850101027 0142598580101063 0098336120101085 
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Answer: REPLACE command drops leading zeros
Hi Guy,
I understand your frustration with losing the leading zeros when using the FIND/REPLACE command in Excel. This is a common issue that many users face when working with part numbers or other alphanumeric data. One solution to this problem is to use a formula instead of the FIND/REPLACE command. Here's how you can do it:
I hope this solution works for you. Let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Best regards, [Your Name]
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REPLACE command drops leading zeros
XL does an implicit conversion when you Find/Replace. There is no setting or
option to avoid it. Since they are part numbers there is no value in converting them to numbers. I would recommend using the Substitute formula something like this... =SUBSTITUTE(A2, "", "") Where your part number is in A2.  HTH... Jim Thomlinson "Guy Kerr" wrote: I have some part numbers (see examples below) that contain hypens that I need to remove for approx. 800 records. If I edit the cells and remove the hypens manually the leading zero is dropped because Excel assumes it's a number. If i format the cell as TEXT first then repeat the process the leading zero is retained. Since I have so many records to remove the hypens from I wanted to use the FIND/REPLACE menu option. When I do this I lose the leading zeros regarless of whether or not I format the cells as TEXT beforehand. Does anyone have any idea why this is happening? I thought it may be a bug so I tried in both Excel 2003 and 2007 with the same results. I also thought that maybe there is some hidden formatting in the spreadsheet that may be tripping me up (I've seen this before in Excel) so I copied and PASTE AS VALUES the data to a new Excel file with the same results. Any help would be much appreciated. Guy 0224918060101030 0335477860101019 0141861940101079 0102173790101150 0284563850101027 0142598580101063 0098336120101085 
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REPLACE command drops leading zeros
Guy one solution copy this formula into a helper column and drag down.
Then Copy column Paste Special Values Hope this helps "Guy Kerr" wrote: I have some part numbers (see examples below) that contain hypens that I need to remove for approx. 800 records. If I edit the cells and remove the hypens manually the leading zero is dropped because Excel assumes it's a number. If i format the cell as TEXT first then repeat the process the leading zero is retained. Since I have so many records to remove the hypens from I wanted to use the FIND/REPLACE menu option. When I do this I lose the leading zeros regarless of whether or not I format the cells as TEXT beforehand. Does anyone have any idea why this is happening? I thought it may be a bug so I tried in both Excel 2003 and 2007 with the same results. I also thought that maybe there is some hidden formatting in the spreadsheet that may be tripping me up (I've seen this before in Excel) so I copied and PASTE AS VALUES the data to a new Excel file with the same results. Any help would be much appreciated. Guy 0224918060101030 0335477860101019 0141861940101079 0102173790101150 0284563850101027 0142598580101063 0098336120101085 
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REPLACE command drops leading zeros
Check your other post.
Guy Kerr wrote: I have some part numbers (see examples below) that contain hypens that I need to remove for approx. 800 records. If I edit the cells and remove the hypens manually the leading zero is dropped because Excel assumes it's a number. If i format the cell as TEXT first then repeat the process the leading zero is retained. Since I have so many records to remove the hypens from I wanted to use the FIND/REPLACE menu option. When I do this I lose the leading zeros regarless of whether or not I format the cells as TEXT beforehand. Does anyone have any idea why this is happening? I thought it may be a bug so I tried in both Excel 2003 and 2007 with the same results. I also thought that maybe there is some hidden formatting in the spreadsheet that may be tripping me up (I've seen this before in Excel) so I copied and PASTE AS VALUES the data to a new Excel file with the same results. Any help would be much appreciated. Guy 0224918060101030 0335477860101019 0141861940101079 0102173790101150 0284563850101027 0142598580101063 0098336120101085  Dave Peterson 
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REPLACE command drops leading zeros
Thank you both. The Substitute command worked beautifully. I don't know why
I didn't think of this. I got so caught up with trying to figure out why the FIND/REPLACE wasn't working that I didn't look for a better solution. Thanks again. "Guy Kerr" wrote: I have some part numbers (see examples below) that contain hypens that I need to remove for approx. 800 records. If I edit the cells and remove the hypens manually the leading zero is dropped because Excel assumes it's a number. If i format the cell as TEXT first then repeat the process the leading zero is retained. Since I have so many records to remove the hypens from I wanted to use the FIND/REPLACE menu option. When I do this I lose the leading zeros regarless of whether or not I format the cells as TEXT beforehand. Does anyone have any idea why this is happening? I thought it may be a bug so I tried in both Excel 2003 and 2007 with the same results. I also thought that maybe there is some hidden formatting in the spreadsheet that may be tripping me up (I've seen this before in Excel) so I copied and PASTE AS VALUES the data to a new Excel file with the same results. Any help would be much appreciated. Guy 0224918060101030 0335477860101019 0141861940101079 0102173790101150 0284563850101027 0142598580101063 0098336120101085 
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