# Excel - COLUMN Function Problem - Expert Solution

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I'm trying to take an excel spreedsheet and put it into a goggle and it seems to keep dropping my zero's "0" off from a particular column, yes it is a formula but, is there away to do this without it dropping off the 0?
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Excelchat Expert 08/12/2017 - 03:05
Hi
User 08/12/2017 - 03:07
Hi
Excelchat Expert 08/12/2017 - 03:07
Can you please let me know which formula you are using
User 08/12/2017 - 03:07
vlookup
Excelchat Expert 08/12/2017 - 03:07
can you copy the lookup range and use formula here
User 08/12/2017 - 03:08
so, I extract data from a ERP system to Excel and I try to take that sheet and copy into goggle sheet tab and it drops off the zeros in front of the part number
Excelchat Expert 08/12/2017 - 03:08
can you share the file here
User 08/12/2017 - 03:09
it's confidential information sorry...
Excelchat Expert 08/12/2017 - 03:09
ok. can you pls share one part number
User 08/12/2017 - 03:09
01022106
Excelchat Expert 08/12/2017 - 03:10
it is always "0" at the start?
User 08/12/2017 - 03:10
when we enter these parts into Excel we have to use the 'for it to take the zero of this helps any
User 08/12/2017 - 03:10
Excelchat Expert 08/12/2017 - 03:11
number of characters in part number is always 8?
User 08/12/2017 - 03:11
yes
Excelchat Expert 08/12/2017 - 03:12
can you see the formula I entered?
User 08/12/2017 - 03:13
I see you entered items but, not sure what you did
Excelchat Expert 08/12/2017 - 03:13
I am checking length of part number to be 7
Excelchat Expert 08/12/2017 - 03:13
if it is 7, it will add 0 to part number
Excelchat Expert 08/12/2017 - 03:13
otherwise it wont do anything
User 08/12/2017 - 03:14
how do you change it to be 7?
Excelchat Expert 08/12/2017 - 03:14
=if(len(A6)=7,"0"&A6,A6)
Excelchat Expert 08/12/2017 - 03:15
instead of A6 in the formula, you can enter Vlookup formula
User 08/12/2017 - 03:16
ok I think this will help me, I'll give it a try today. Thank you this is really cool I can ask for this help.
User 08/12/2017 - 03:16
Have a wonderful day.
Excelchat Expert 08/12/2017 - 03:17
Please check part numbers in cell A6 & A7
Excelchat Expert 08/12/2017 - 03:17
A6 has 7 characters and A7 has 8
Excelchat Expert 08/12/2017 - 03:17
B6 & B7 has the corresponding formula for the cells A6 & A7
Excelchat Expert 08/12/2017 - 03:18
Is it fine?
User 08/12/2017 - 03:18
I'm going to play with it later
Excelchat Expert 08/12/2017 - 03:18
ok Can I end the session now?
User 08/12/2017 - 03:19
Yes, I believe so, thank you again.
Excelchat Expert 08/12/2017 - 03:19
Please leave five star rating if you are satisfied with the solution
Excelchat Expert 08/12/2017 - 03:19
Thank you, have a nice day!!

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