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Set Default Import Data Delimiter to Comma

Posted on 2009-04-10
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When importing data manually from text files using the Text Import Wizard the default delimiter is 'tab'.  I would like to set my Excel default to 'comma' so that I can just bring up the import dialog and click 'Finish' rather than having to click to change the delimiter.  Also, if it is possible to select delimited rather than fixed width as a default, and to set whether or not to treat multiple delimiters together as one that would be even better.

Showing me a way to do this manually through the interface would be best.  But if it is something I can run as an addin or start-up macro that would be OK too.

This is just to improve efficiency.  There is no way to automate this because I want this to be the default for a wide variety of files.  Some of the files have a .csv extension while others have a .txt extension.  The files are generally number tables so commas work fine.  There is no reason to do a string replace on all the files to convert commas to tabs.

Is this possible in Excel 2007?
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Question by:dastrw
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by:pgunda
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If all the file contains is a comma separated values, you could change the extension of the file to .CSV and open in Excel.
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by:dastrw
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I don't just want to import data into a blank workbook.  I also want to import data into an existing workbook.

Changing the extension won't work in these cases.
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pgunda earned 500 total points
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Select the column you want to convert, and run the following macro by pressing a shortcut key assigned.

You can store this macro in your  "personal macro workbook" so it is available from any excel workbook. You can assign a short cut key to this.
Sub Macro2()
'
' Macro2 Macro
'

'
    Selection.TextToColumns Destination:=ActiveCell, DataType:=xlDelimited, _
        TextQualifier:=xlDoubleQuote, ConsecutiveDelimiter:=False, Tab:=False, _
        Semicolon:=False, Comma:=True, Space:=False, Other:=False, FieldInfo _
        :=Array(Array(1, 1), Array(2, 1)), TrailingMinusNumbers:=True
End Sub

If you need more help on using this macro.. let me know. But this works. I just tried this.
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by:dastrw
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So basically you're saying is that I just:

1.  Import the file with the default Tab delimiters
2.  Since there are no Tabs in my file everything will end up in a single column
3.  Then do Text To Columns by macro with comma delimiters

Is that right?
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by:pgunda
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yes
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by:dastrw
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That worked.

I'm going to keep this Q open a bit longer to see if there are any ways to get the import to work correctly without having to do a Text-to-column.
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