If your CSV data contains numbers with leading zeros (like "003456"), those zeros can "disappear" if you import the file into a spreadsheet.
Let's see how to solve this problem with Excel, as it is one of the most common spreadsheet software.
Why do zeros disappear? Simply put, when Excel sees numbers in CSV, it converts them to a numeric format by default, and zeros at the beginning are discarded, which can result in data loss.
Now let's see how to avoid this. First, do not open your CSV via Open! Use a special Import Wizard to import your data into Excel.
1. Open the spreadsheet where you are going to import data from the CSV.
2. Click the Data tab, then Get External Data, and choose From Text to launch Text Import Wizard.