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Open a Text File Using Open Method (Excel.Application) With A Space & Tab Delimiter

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Dear Expert,
          I need to open a text file in excel using the open method.
I need to know how to use the delimiter within the open method.
The delimiter required is a space and tab.

Can you please help.....Urgently.

This is what I have so far.

Set appExcel = CreateObject("excel.application")
Set objWorkbook = appExcel.Workbooks.Open(FileName, delimiter)
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                                                          What do I do here?
Kind Regards
Claude B
                                                         
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Question by:BushyC
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by:Steiner
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The delimiter can only be 1 character, not a sequence. If you provide more, only the first character will be used (at least in Excel97) To provide a user defined delimiter, use:

Application.Workbooks.Open filename:="e:\test\text.txt",format:=6,delimiter:="x"
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by:BushyC
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Steiner, thanks for the info above.
I did some research, and apparently, I should be using OpenText Method.
Still coming up with errors.

'Expected Function Or Variable'

Set appExcel = CreateObject("excel.application")

Set objWorkbook = appExcel.Workbooks.OpenText(FileName, ConsecutiveDelimiter:=False, Tab:=True, Space:=True)

Set wSheet = objWorkbook.Worksheets(1)

Cheers
Claude B
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I regularly don't use OpenText, but I'd think that this one would mean "Tab OR Space". Or is that what you wanted?

Another point is that OpenText is a method, so it has no return value, while Open is a function which returns a workbook object (don't ask me why this is so ;-)) But as a workaround, use this:

Application.Workbooks.OpenText FileName, ConsecutiveDelimiter:=False, Tab:=True, Space:=True
Set objWorkbook = ActiveWorkbook

Daniel
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