I want to select the first two numbers in a cell and put them in a new column, while keeping the original cell in tact. The table below shows what the extract should look like and what the original number is.
Extract Number --------- --------- 00 0000852 01 0163457 92 9287514
I have tried using this function:
The problem is that the function returns an extract like:
Extract Number --------- --------- 85 0000852 16 0163457 92 9287514
which is excluding the preliminary zeros.
Applying a number format does not change the underlying value of the cell, it only changes how the number is displayed in that cell:
Even though it shows
0000852 the number stored is
852 and thus when the Left is used it references the stored not the displayed number.
You will need to use TEXT to add the leading 0s as the number stored does not have them, they are being shown by a custom number format: