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Leading zeros in Access?

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by Diane Herron, Jan 23, 2002.

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  1. Diane Herron

    Diane Herron Thread Starter

    Dec 28, 2000
    Is it possible to show leading zeros in an autonumber? In other words, we always want the number to be four characters (#1 would look like 0001). Also, how would I show leading zeros in another number that's not an autonumber?

    Thanks for any help!
  2. Anne Troy

    Anne Troy

    Feb 14, 1999
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    In design view of the table, click on the autonumber field. At the bottom, in the FORMAT box, type:

  3. curtswanson


    Jun 22, 2000
    You can set the format for Number type fields by setting the "Format" setting. In Tables, go to Design mode, select the field and choose the desired format. In Queries, Forms and Reports, from Design mode, select the field, right click and choose Properties, find the Format property and enter the format you want.

    There are several default formats - General, Currency, Fixed, Standard, Percent, Scientific but the one you want is a Custom format. It is "00000". Each "0" is a digit placeholder so if your value is 32, the following formats yield the following results:

    "00" 32
    "000" 032
    "00000" 00032
    "000.00" 032.00

    and so on.

    Try looking at the Help menu under Format Property, selecting Number and Currency Data types.
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