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Sending text to notepad

Posted on 2003-11-18
Last Modified: 2010-05-01
I want to make a delimited file and send the results to notepad.  Each record needs to be displayed on a new line.  Is there an easy way to do this?
Question by:jennifere
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Expert Comment

ID: 9771472
1) write your logs into a local file like 'C:\try.txt'
2) start the file in notepad with
   'shell notepad C:\try.txt'
3) Notepad will start with the file shown which contains your logs

Note: Writing new logs into the file while notepad shows the file will not make any 'updates' within notepad. For having dynamic overview on your logs use a listbox or something like this.


Expert Comment

ID: 9771664
Why don't you store the items you want to send to notepad in variables, then try:

Public strStored As String

Private Sub Command1_Click()
strStored = "Put the information from your delimited file here"
Open "C:\Notepad.txt" For Append As #1
Write #1, strStored
Close #1
End Sub

Author Comment

ID: 9771910
I am sending a lot of data to notepad.  This data is stored in a collection and is going to to executed in a for loop, therefore, - I'm assuming here, re-opening and closing the file may be slow.  I tryed using Shell to open Notepad.  Notepad opens okay, but I am unsure how to write my data to it.....
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Expert Comment

ID: 9772011

Accepted Solution

TooKoolKris earned 125 total points
ID: 9773022
Here is a script (.vbs) you could use. No need to close the file until you're done with it.

Sub OpenTextFileTest
   Const ForReading = 1, ForWriting = 2, ForAppending = 8
   Dim fso, f
   Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
   Set f = fso.OpenTextFile("c:\testfile.txt", ForAppending, True)
   f.WriteLine "Hello world!"
End Sub

Author Comment

ID: 9773379
Thanks TooKoolKris.  That works!   =)
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Expert Comment

ID: 9773468
Is it necesary to use notepad? Why don't you simply append lines to a text box control.
If not, EDDY has an excelent workaround with that link.
TooKoolKris, i don't see how it would be useful, there is no code to "update" notepad there.

Expert Comment

ID: 9773547
Well I guess it's not very important to see why it would be useful to you it's jennifere who needs to use it. When she adds this to here loop statement it will append the current .txt file with a new line for each record. Notepad is not needed. The only thing that need to be updated(appended) is the text file.
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Expert Comment

ID: 9773594

May be I mis-read the question.


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