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I need to create a IF statement where it will count the character length and if not 6 then add leading zeros to field to make a fixed 6 character length .. so if field is 489 then the if statment would make it 000489

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Is there any way of writing a small macro to sort this out.

The numbers would be input into range B16:223.

Many thanks,


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Thanks in advance for any help.

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I would do it manually but I have a column of over 2000 different numbers.

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For 20,000 and above it show
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