Maintaining Leading Zeros when saved as a .CSV File


New Member
Jun 14, 2011
I have a column, formatted as "text" with a 7-character alphanumeric code. Some codes have a leading zero. When I save the Excel file as a .csv, then reopen it, the leading zero disappears. I need that zero as this is my unique identifier field. I've tried the ' in front, I've tried formatting as text, as general...ANY ADVICE?????


MrExcel MVP
Mar 10, 2004
First, change the file extension from .csv to .txt. Then open the .txt file from Excel. The Text Import Wizard should pop-up. When you get to Step 3, select your column and choose 'Text' for your Data Format.

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