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When I open a CSV exported from sqlite, excel erases the zeros which are codes. How can I keep the leading zeros?

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Well, that sucks. – H2CO3 Aug 18 '12 at 12:47
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Import the column as Text or change the format to display the number. Reminder, the 0 at the left of number are not part of the number so 0001 is the number 1. If in your application 0001 is different from 1 then you are dealing with strings (or text) not numbers ...

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If they can control the format of the CSV they could precede their text field with a '. it will automatically be interpreted as text upon import. – Brad Aug 20 '12 at 18:28

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