Excel-Importing a Tab delimited file usig VBA

Posted on 2003-03-18
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Last Modified: 2007-12-19
I have a Tab delimited file and I want to bring it into my excel doc filling sheet1 with the data in the file.  I plan on putting the data into an array and then filling each cell with the array one line at a time. For example..I would put the data from line 1 into an array, then fill the first row of sheet1 with the values in the array, then clear the array and do the same for the second line and so on.  But I'm unsure of how to read the Tab delimited file into Excel.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you in advance.

Question by:Sam8932
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Expert Comment

ID: 8160380
The way I would start doing it would be to read the file one line at a time as input and the split that line up into a string array using the split command e.g

OPEN "filename" FOR INPUT as #1

LINE INPUT #1, line$

<array> = Split(line$, vbTab, -1, vbTextCompare)
For i% = 0 To UBound(<array>)
      <excelsheet>.Cells(<line>,i) = <array>(i)
Next i%


This is a bit rough but could do, you'll also have to think about the way split returns to different indexes, i.e if there's something in index 0 it means that there was no splitting.


Accepted Solution

Ysgrathe earned 980 total points
ID: 8160422
I would use the newer file system object to read the file, but otherwise same answer as itzme...

'add a reference to scripting runtime first
dim fso as new filesystemobject
dim ts as textstream
dim strLine as string
dim aryCells() as string

set ts=fso.openastextfile("c:\pathtofile\file.txt",1)

while not ts.atendofstream

   'arycells should now be dimmed and filled with all the cell data for the current line.
   'do your writing to excel here.


however i am sure there is an easier way if you wish to just use the excel object library, you can open the file directly in excel and it will do all the work for you, its faster too.

Author Comment

ID: 8160589
That's what I planned on doing initially, but I don't think VBA supports FileSystemObject and TextStream.  Am I wrong about this?  I'm goint to try itzme's suggestion and I'll let you know how it goes.  Thanks guys.  I appreciate both of your quick responses.

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Expert Comment

ID: 8162101
just for future reference (no pun intended!) you go to Tools>>References in the VBA code editor, there you can add any references you like, just like in VB6.
if its installed, and it should be, microsoft scripting runtime will be in the list that appears.
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Expert Comment

ID: 8165162
Hi itzme,

Of course you can always use excel to do it all for you!

    Workbooks.OpenText Filename:= _
        "c:\myspreadsheets\mytabdelimfile.tdf", Origin:= _
        xlWindows, StartRow:=1, DataType:=xlDelimited, TextQualifier:= _
        xlDoubleQuote, ConsecutiveDelimiter:=False, Tab:=True, Semicolon:=False, _
        Comma:=False, Space:=False, Other:=False

One statement and it is done.


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Author Comment

ID: 8174727
Thanks to all of you.  I'm sure all of your suggestions would work equally well.  I ended up using Ysgrathe's because that's what I'm most familiar with.  Thanks again.

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