Back in May 2018 I told you about one of my bugbears in Excel being that you cannot add a zero in front of a number, which I often want to use for telephone numbers. At the time I told you to type an apostrophe (') in front of the number.
But during a recent Excel training session, one of my delegates shared his way of tackling the fact that 01223214177 should not be turned into 1223214177.
- Add a space after the area code.
For example 01223 214177. If it’s not a landline, simply add a space anywhere. Say, 07941 848326.
Excel will treat the number as text and will leave it exactly as you typed it.
Thanks for this tip, Francois!
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22 July 2019