Solved

Handling Notepad Using VBA from Excel

Posted on 2006-10-19
1
2,203 Views
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
I am trying to send a cut-list from excel to a program called genesis/evolution on my CNC machine.  The file is to be read from a folder called "LSX". The file extension is ".LST".

The list will not open in Genesis if it is in excel ".csv" format.  However, I found that it will work if I:
1) Right click on the excel file (in .csv format) icon and "open with" Notepad (also appears with .csv extension)
2) Make some changes to the text in Notepad:
     a) The file appears as follows once opened in Notepad:
                    LST,1,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,                                                                                     (line1)
                    text1,text2,text3,text4,text5,text6,text7  etc.                                                (line2)    
                    text1,text2,text3,text4,text5,text6,text7  etc.                                                (line3) etc.
     b) I need to delete all of the extra commas at the end of the first line so I'm left with just:   LST,1,
     c) Finally I need to do a "Find" and "Replace" to change all of the remaining commas to semicolons.  The file will not open if it is delineated with commas.
3) "Save As" from Notepad with a ".txt" extension and close the open Notepad window.
4) Right click and "Rename" the file with the extension ".LST".
                           I can now open this file successfully from the above mentioned "LSX" folder
                           - note that if I save directly with an ".LST" extension and skip the ".txt" part at step #3, it does not work.

Could I please get some help in automating this sequence from excel using VBA?

I understand that it might not be possible to manipulate Notepad with VBA and an alternative approach may be necessary.
I am not  a programmer, and as much coding help as possible would be greatly appreciated.            
0
Comment
Question by:ssumb
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
1 Comment
 
LVL 28

Accepted Solution

by:
vinnyd79 earned 500 total points
ID: 17770483
Give this macro a try. adjust the necessary parts as noted:


Sub ExportToLST()
Dim ExportFile As String
Dim ff As Integer
Dim MaxColumns As Long
Dim MaxRows As Long
Dim strRow As String
Dim x As Long
Dim y As Long

' set your filename here. If it exists it will be overwritten
ExportFile = "C:\MyNewFile.LST"

ff = FreeFile
Open ExportFile For Output As #ff

' adjust sheet name here
Set ws = ThisWorkbook.Sheets("Sheet1")

' adjust cols and rows to check
MaxColumns = 24
MaxRows = 65000

' write first row
For y = 1 To MaxColumns
    If y = 1 Then
        If Trim$(ws.Cells(1, y)) <> "" Then strRow = ws.Cells(1, y)
    Else
        If Trim$(ws.Cells(1, y)) <> "" Then strRow = strRow & "," & ws.Cells(1, y)
    End If
Next y

' print to file
Print #ff, strRow

' get rest of rows & cols
For x = 2 To MaxRows
    For y = 1 To MaxColumns
        If y = 1 Then
            If Trim$(ws.Cells(x, y)) <> "" Then strRow = ws.Cells(x, y)
        Else
            If Trim$(ws.Cells(x, y)) <> "" Then strRow = strRow & ";" & ws.Cells(x, y)
        End If
    Next y
   
    ' print to file
    Print #ff, strRow
   
' get next row
Next x

Close #ff

MsgBox "File is Complete!", vbExclamation, "Process Finished"

End Sub
0

Featured Post

On Demand Webinar: Networking for the Cloud Era

Did you know SD-WANs can improve network connectivity? Check out this webinar to learn how an SD-WAN simplified, one-click tool can help you migrate and manage data in the cloud.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

When trying to find the cause of a problem in VBA or VB6 it's often valuable to know what procedures were executed prior to the error. You can use the Call Stack for that but it is often inadequate because it may show procedures you aren't intereste…
If you need to start windows update installation remotely or as a scheduled task you will find this very helpful.
As developers, we are not limited to the functions provided by the VBA language. In addition, we can call the functions that are part of the Windows operating system. These functions are part of the Windows API (Application Programming Interface). U…
Get people started with the utilization of class modules. Class modules can be a powerful tool in Microsoft Access. They allow you to create self-contained objects that encapsulate functionality. They can easily hide the complexity of a process from…
Suggested Courses
Course of the Month10 days, 7 hours left to enroll

632 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question