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VBA Excel: How to save in text file format with double quotes

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I am trying to save a worksheet into a .txt file. All the
data is in the first column of the worksheet, compiled from
other worksheets:
1) Whenever I save this worksheet all the double quotes (")
are preceded by an additional double quote (""). The result
in the file looks like ("text=""blabla"""). It should look
like text="blabla". So I got one new double quote for all
quotes and two that enclose the whole string (unwanted as
well)
2) "Save as" .prn format works but is limited to
something like 239 characters. I have lines that are
longer!
3) General question (1 and 2 are more important).
Is there some kind of esape sequence
in Excel so that I can display a double quote in a cell
without the stupid workaround I'm using right now (Paste a
double quote in an unused cell and refer to it whereever
I need double quotes)
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Question by:Lewis
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mkmccreary earned 100 total points
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Here is a little VB function to write your data.  You may have to modify it for your particular situation:

Function WriteTextFile() As Long

Dim sCellData As String
Dim lCounter As Long
Dim iFileHandle As Integer

    iFileHandle = FreeFile
    Open "c:\temp\Cells.txt" For Output As iFileHandle
    lCounter = 1
    sCellData = Worksheets("Sheet1").Cells(lCounter, 1).Value
    While sCellData <> ""
        Print #iFileHandle, sCellData
        lCounter = lCounter + 1
        sCellData = Worksheets("Sheet1").Cells(lCounter, 1).Value
    Wend
   
    Close iFileHandle
   
    WriteTextFile = True
   
End Function


As For question 3, you can use Chr$(34) which is double quotes.  
Ex:
    Worksheets("Sheet1").Cells(4, 1).Value = "Value=" & Chr$(34) & "blabla" & Chr$(34)

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by:Lewis
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Hi,
the code for saving works great (I connected it with a button on the Excel worksheet).
Thanks. But I still need a solution for the problem with the double quotes.
I would like to concatenate cells from one worksheet and put double quotes around
it (cell1: Value, cell 2: abc123 should result in: Value="abc123"). I tried it with
=Sheet1!A1&"="&Chr$(34)&Sheet1!B1&Chr$(34)
but this doesn't work.
So what I would need is something like an escape character for double quotes like the
backslash in C where with \\ you produce a single \.
Maybe I should post this question not here in the VB section but in another one for
office products. If you cannot answer I will give you your (well earned) points and try it
there.

/Lewis
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by:mkmccreary
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Lets try something.  Execute the code below in your workbook.


Function CombineCells() As Long

Dim sCellData As String
Dim sTotal As String
Dim lCounter As Long

    lCounter = 1
    sTotal = ""
    sCellData = Worksheets("Sheet1").Cells(lCounter, 1).Value
    While sCellData <> ""
        sTotal = sTotal & sCellData
        lCounter = lCounter + 1
        sCellData = Worksheets("Sheet1").Cells(lCounter, 1).Value
    Wend
   
    Worksheets("Sheet1").Cells(lCounter + 5, 1).Value = "Value = " & Chr$(34) & sTotal & Chr$(34)
    CombineCells = True
     
End Function


It is basically the same thing you had before, except it combines all the fields and then writes this combination to the cell five below the last cell.  See if it does what you are talking about.

Later,
Martin
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by:Lewis
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Hi Martin,
I found it myself. You just have to put &"""" into your formula bar.

Thanks for your prompt response,
Lewis.
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