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# Formatting number with leading zeros

## Formatting number with leading zeros

(OP)
I have a number 1234.56 for example, and I need the total length to be 18 characters with leading zeros. In other words, "000000000001234.56".

I currently have a formula that works by converting my number to a string using totext(), then calculating the number of leading zeros I need based of the result and then concatenating them to the front of the string. But I am thinking there is an easier way. Any insights appreciated.

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### RE: Formatting number with leading zeros

totext({numberfield},"0000000000000000.00")

### RE: Formatting number with leading zeros

(OP)
Many thanks. I have lost a lot of my crystal skills over the past several years.

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### RE: Formatting number with leading zeros

In general,

1) if you need leading or trailing zeros, you don't have a NUMBER (although the destination user may convert your string with leading or trailing zeros to a number in their system) you have a STRING. You will not be using this value with leading and trailing zeros, to perform arithmetic.

2) if your 'number' is used as a name for something like a part or an invoice or a person or a place, your 'number,' a part number, invoice number, social security number, employee number, postal code, are 'numbers' on which no arithmetic operation would ever logically be performed. They are IDENTIFIERS and ought to be STORED and treated as STRINGS.

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