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Hi Experts

I am trying to save a column of numbers enclosed by single quotes and delimited by a comma as a text file. But when I try to do it, each cell is enclosed by double quotes.

So in excel I see this:

'001232',
'003232',
'787201'

and when I view the text file that I have exported I see this:

"'001232',"
"'003232',"
"'787201'"

Does anyone know how I can save cells as a text file - without the extra double quotation marks?

Thanks
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Question by:stummj
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dahesi earned 2000 total points
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maybe this workaround will help:

search & replace >"< with >< nothing (via notepad).
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by:stummj
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That was an obvious workaround that I missed! Trying to overengineer this!! Thank you. I'll keep this open in case anyone knows how to do it properly but I will reward you with points before I close the question. Thanks
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by:DerZauberer
ID: 36565891
Hmm strage. I tried to reproduce, but i get text without double quotes, no matter what output type i choose ...
What is your Cell format like is it "Text"?
What exact formula is shown for your cells?
Is it like this >''001232',< starting with two double quotes?
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Hello,

the data sample that you show above contains the comma within the cell.

'001232',
'003232',
'787201'

If you export that data to a text file, Excel will add double quotes around each cell value that contains a comma, in order to distinguish the comma that is part of the data from the comma that separates the fields in a comma separated file.

Does that make sense?

If you want to avoid the double quotes in the text file, you will need to remove the commas from the cells before saving as text file.

cheers, teylyn
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by:stummj
ID: 36566315
That makes perfect sense teyln - except I'm saving as dos text, so I was expecting like for like. I wasnt saving as a csv. If I remove the comma, Im breaking the integrity of the data, as the data itself needs a comma within the string.
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ID: 36566326
If you need the comma in the data, then you will have to live with the double quotes upon export to txt. The Search and Replace from the first comment seems like the best workaround in that situation.

cheers, teylyn
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by:DerZauberer
ID: 36587009
Can you try if you still get the double quotes if you save using a macro like this:

ActiveWorkbook.SaveAs Filename:="D:\TEMP\exceltest.txt", FileFormat:= xlTextMSDOS, CreateBackup:=False

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Yes, if you export to DOS txt format, the same thing will happen to cells that have commas in the text.

As a workaround, you could copy and paste the cells into a Word document (as unformatted text), then save the Word document as a Plain Text file. Or copy and paste into Notepad or plain text editor.

cheers, teylyn

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by:stummj
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Thank you very much. Not pretty but a very useable workaround.
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