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## Remove leading zero's from a string

Hey guys,

the situation is as follows: I have a set of values (string-type) that can either contain a number or the value 'AFW' (i.e.: unknown data). However, some numbers have leading zero's at the front (example: 0043526). I'd like to have those leading zero's removed, but still want the data-type to be a string considering I also still have the 'AFW'-values.

Test-table, original situation:

Test-table, desired situation:

Does anyone know any methods on how to get this done without modifying the original dataset (I only got this data exported into PowerBI Desktop, so I cannot edit this in Excel e.g.)?

Thanks,

~ Niels

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Solution Sage

Hi,

You could try something like this. This code will first check if the string can be converted into a number - if it can't then it will just return the string else it will convert the string to a number (removing leading zero's) and then turn the number back into a string.

```NumberXNoLeadingZero =
IF(
ISERROR( VALUE( 'Table'[NumberX] ) ),
'Table'[NumberX],
CONCATENATE( VALUE('Table'[NumberX]), "" )
)```
/sdjensen
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Anonymous
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In the powerQuery Editor

= try Number.From([NumberX]) otherwise [NumberX]

Note : NumberX is name of the text type column which has leading zeros.

Solution Sage

Hi,

You could try something like this. This code will first check if the string can be converted into a number - if it can't then it will just return the string else it will convert the string to a number (removing leading zero's) and then turn the number back into a string.

```NumberXNoLeadingZero =
IF(
ISERROR( VALUE( 'Table'[NumberX] ) ),
'Table'[NumberX],
CONCATENATE( VALUE('Table'[NumberX]), "" )
)```
/sdjensen
Anonymous
Not applicable

Hello Sdjensen,

I have a similar issue to the one posted, but it has to do with removing leading zeros from each octet of an IP address. For example, I am getting IP address information int the following format:

062.045.162.150

and I need to convert it to:

62.45.162.150

How can I modify your example to get the result desired?

Thank you,

Solution Sage

Hi @Anonymous,

I am sorry, but I haven't seen your question until now - did you solve it?

I the Query Editor I would use the Split by delimiter '.' into 4 columns and then for each column remote the leeding 0's and then Concatenate the 4 columns back into one column.

/sdjensen
Frequent Visitor

Hi,

@sdjensen HELP PLEASE... Do you just add this to the Query Editor? I can't get it to work.

Thanks,

M

Solution Sage

@mo9k8 - It is a DAX formula, so you have to add it as a calculation.

/sdjensen
Frequent Visitor

@sdjensen Perfect!

Helper I

@sdjensen Thanks, this worked!

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