Excel number format problems

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Subject: Excel number format problems
Posted by:  Annoyed !!!
Date: Wed, 10 May 2006

If I want to use a number with 8 digits and a leading zero I've set up a
custom format using 8 zeros.  Trouble is as soon as I go out of format option
the cell formatting changes to Greek.  The leading zeros are retained but
dissapear when I use the info on the worksheet to merge to labels or other
Word documents.

How do I retain my custom cell formatting ????