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TransferText - need headers on my data columns

Hi All,

I have written a function that exports the contents  of my table "items" into a text file, all is good there  except that my application requires certain words on the top line of the data it is importing. (i.e.

wert 2341 1234 1234.4323
wert 2341 1234 1234.4323
wert 2341 1234 1234.4323
wert 2341 1234 1234.4323
wert 2341 1234 1234.4323
( where the top values are only printed one time in the file )

Here is the code that prints the data currently,  without the "headers" (is that the right term?)

Public Sub exporty()
DoCmd.TransferText acExportDelim, "Item Export Specification", "Item", "C:/quick/QB_Export.txt", False
End Sub

Also, I should have mentioned I am exporting a file for import into Quickbooks, if anyone has experience with that I would greatly appreciate it.

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Hi DaveMon,

DoCmd.TransferText acExportDelim, "Item Export Specification", "Item", "C:/quick/QB_Export.txt", True

to export the field names (as headers) as the first row of your text file.

hope this helps,

DaveMonAuthor Commented:
I will take that into account Nos, so can you tell me if there is a way to put text other than the names of the fields at the top of the text file?

As it looks now,  I am going to have to export the table to another table with specially named fields just so I can have the field names exported correctly.

In VB I could just do something like,

Open  "myfile.txt"  for input as #1
Print "Thing1" "Thing2" Thing3" "Thing4"
Do while not EOF()
(put all my  other  stuff here)

Close File

I have tried stuff like this and failed,  is  it  possible  in Access?

Hi Dave,

THe problem with the TransferText method (action) and/or with the OutputTo method (action) is that they do not have an append option...

Creating a new table to export is one method.

Another method that I can think of (allthough it seems to me to complex) is to create a Header.TXT file with the relevant field names, export the data to another TXT file, and then perform an append, such as:

'AppendFiles will append HeaderFile (first) and OutputFile (second)
'and will create an appended OutputFile of the two
Public Sub AppendFiles(HeaderFile As String, OutputFile As String)
    Const TEMP_FILE_NAME = "Temp.TXT"
    Dim MyChars
    Open HeaderFile For Input As #1
    Open OutputFile For Input As #2
    Open TEMP_FILE_NAME For Output As #3
    While Not EOF(1)
        Input #1, MyChars
        Print #3, MyChars
    Close #1
    While Not EOF(2)
        Input #2, MyChars
        Print #3, MyChars
    Close #2
    Close #3
    Kill OutputFile
    Name TEMP_FILE_NAME As OutputFile
End Sub

Sub test()
    'To call the Sub, use:
    AppendFiles "Header.txt", "MyFile.txt"
End Sub

Hope this helps,

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Or you can create a query that will rename the fields, then you only have one table and a query that will always export any updates to the original table.

In the query design, select the table to add. Double-click the table's border to select all fields and drag to the grid. Then click in each of the fields and enter the name you desire followed by a colon (:)

The grid will look something like this.

MyName1:Field1 | MyName2:Field2 | MyName3:Field3
TableName      | TableName      | TableName

If you view the results of the query, you should see your names in the column heading.

Then export the query instead of the table.

Hope this helps
You could export without the headers, close the file, and then call a sub which will read the file and add the headers you want.  You'll have to play with the first Print line to get the spacing you need if your file is space or tab delimited.  If comma delimited is an option that might be a bit easier to deal with (just add commas to the first Print line).


Function AddHeaders()
 Dim strEachLine As String
 Dim strFileIn As String
 Dim strFileOut As String
strFileIn = "D:\access\myinfile.txt" 'previously exported
strFileOut = "D:\access\myoutfile.txt"

Open strFileIn For Input As #1
Open strFileOut For Output As #2


Do Until EOF(1)
 Line Input #1, strEachLine
 Print #2, strEachLine

MsgBox "Finished " & strFileOut
Close #1
Close #2

End Function
DaveMonAuthor Commented:
Thanks All,
Sorry  for the  delay,,  I  am  accepting jacks  answer  and  posting  50  for nosterdamus in the access area....thanks again


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