Export Memo Field from Access to Excel

Posted on 2010-08-29
Last Modified: 2013-11-27
When I export a set of memo fields from access to excel the memo fields are being truncated in Excel.  What is a simple way to export memo fields to excel without loosing informaiton?
Question by:RDLFC
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by:Patrick Matthews
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RDLFC,If you use OutputTo or TransferSpreadsheet, Memo columns will truncate at ~255 characters.  Instead you may want to try Excel's CopyFromRecordset method.  See below.Patrick
Sub ExportToExcel()


    ' uses late binding for Excel


    Dim rs AS DAO.Recordset

    Dim xlApp As Object

    Dim xlWb As Object

    Dim xlWs As Object

    Dim Counter As Long


    Const SaveToPath As String = "c:\Results\Report_"

    Const QueryName As String = "NameOfQuery"


    Set rs = CurrentDb.OpenRecordset(QueryName)


    ' instantiate Excel object


    Set xlApp = CreateObject("Excel.Application")

    xlApp.DisplayAlerts = False

    Set xlWb = xlApp.Workbooks.Add

    Set xlWs = xlWb.Worksheets(1)

    With xlWs

        ' write recordset headings

        For Counter = 0 To rs.Fields.Count - 1

            .Cells(1, Counter + 1) = rs.Fields(Counter).Name


        .Cells(2, 1).CopyFromRecordset rs

    End With


    ' Excel 2007/2010 requires the file format to be specified, so check

    ' for application version.  see for more info:



    If Val(xlApp.Version) < 12 Then

        xlWb.SaveAs SaveToPath & Format(Now, "yyyymmdd") & ".xls"


        ' to use XLSX format:

        xlWb.SaveAs SaveToPath & Format(Now, "yyyymmdd") & ".xlsx", 51

        ' or to use XLSM format:

        'xlWb.SaveAs SaveToPath & Format(Now, "yyyymmdd") & ".xlsm", 52

        ' or to use XLSB format:

        'xlWb.SaveAs SaveToPath & Format(Now, "yyyymmdd") & ".xlsb", 50

        ' or to use good old XLS format:

        'xlWb.SaveAs SaveToPath & Format(Now, "yyyymmdd") & ".xls", 56

    End If


    xlWb.Close False

    xlApp.DisplayAlerts = True

    Set xlWs = Nothing

    Set xlWb = Nothing


    Set xlApp = Nothing


    Set rs = Nothing


    MsgBox "Done"


End Sub

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by:Patrick Matthews
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Please note that for Excel 2003, if you have a Memo column with >= 911 characters, CopyFromRecordset will generate an error.  This seems to be a version-specific error.If you are running Excel 2003, you may want to look at this recent solution:
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Rey Obrero earned 500 total points
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here is how you can pass all the memo field without truncating to 255

this just a sample code, you have to replace some names of fields here

from this thread
Sub exportToExcel()

Dim rs As DAO.Recordset, iCol As Integer, iRow As Integer

Dim xlObj As Object, Sheet As Object

 Set xlObj = CreateObject("Excel.Application")


 Set rs = CurrentDb.OpenRecordset("table1")

 Set Sheet = xlObj.activeworkbook.worksheets("sheet1")

 'copy the headers

     For iCol = 0 To rs.Fields.Count - 1

         Sheet.cells(1, iCol + 1).Value = rs.Fields(iCol).Name



With Sheet

iRow = 2

Do Until rs.EOF

    .cells(iRow, 1).Value = rs("Report Date")

    .cells(iRow, 2).Value = rs("Assessment ID")

    .cells(iRow, 3).Value = rs("SPM Proj Name")

    .cells(iRow, 4).Value = rs("TP Name")

    .cells(iRow, 5).Value = rs("TP Mgr")

    .cells(iRow, 6).Value = rs("Delegate")

    .cells(iRow, 7).Value = CStr(rs("Activity"))

    .cells(iRow, 8).Value = CStr(rs("Task Requirement"))

    .cells(iRow, 9).Value = rs("Issue Number")

    .cells(iRow, 10).Value = CStr(rs("Issues"))

    .cells(iRow, 11).Value = CStr(rs("OFM Comments"))

    .cells(iRow, 12).Value = rs("Issue Level")

    .cells(iRow, 13).Value = rs("Remediation Due Date")

    .cells(iRow, 14).Value = rs("Assessor")

    .cells(iRow, 15).Value = rs("Issue Status")

    .cells(iRow, 16).Value = CStr(rs("TP Mgr Comments"))

    iRow = iRow + 1



End With

 xlObj.activeworkbook.saveas "C:\MyExcel.xls"

 Set Sheet = Nothing


 Set xlObj = Nothing

End Sub

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How do I modify your code so the user is prompted to select a location to save the file.
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by:Rey Obrero
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what do you mean by prompted? are the user going to type in the path and file name? be specific.

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When the user selects the button to export, I want a save as box to pop up so the user can specify where the excel document is to be exported and saved.
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