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Save excel file as text(tab delimited) file programmaticly(c#)

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Hello,

I have an excel file, can I save it as text(tab delimited) file programmaticly(c#)?
And vice versa?

Thanks for your code snippet.
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by:yjchong514
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Method you are looking for is Workbook.SaveAs with parameter FileFormat=xlText
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But there is not such a type "xlText".
Please see here.
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by:regmigrant
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i looked at the link you provided and there are several CSV and Text formats to choose from - is there something more specific you are looking for beyond:-

xlCSV  Comma separated value.  
xlCSVMac  Comma separated value.  
xlCSVMSDOS  Comma separated value.  
xlCSVWindows  

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tab delimited
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A text file can't contain a macro so I am assuming you are using one workbook to save another - in which case you could just write the output as a data stream and use whatever delimiter you want.


Another option is to open a tab delimited file with dummy data in it - this will set the default for that worksheet to be Text (tab delimited) then clear it, populate it and when you save it it will use the default - though you will probably have to deal with the warning dialog making sure you want to save as text

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Well, I need some code anyway. Can we save it as csv then save csv to text(tab delimited)?
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The .csv filetype is assumed to use comma's as a seperator (the clue is in the name) and excel will try and open it that way. You can create a dummy file with tabs and that will force the sheet to be 'text (tab delimited)' then when you save it replace the extension and it preserves the tab format.

so your macro would have to open the dummy file, deal with the text import dialog, populate the sheet, and save with the new filename.

The alternative is to open a text file from within the macro, write your tab delimited records to it and the close it. To get a tab into the record you use chr(9)

MyStr = "Hello" & chr(9) & " World"

Open "TESTFILE.csv" For Output As #1
write #1, Mystr
Close #1

will give you a tab delimited file with a .csv filetype




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