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Need to open text file for use in Excel Backstage/Ribbon component

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I am looking to assign dynamic text to the label property a labelControl object in a custom Backstage/Ribbon project(in Excel), this text needs to come from an external text file.

I am looking for a method similar to the one which currently works when I want to reference an image file per below:

Sub getImage(control As IRibbonControl, index As Integer, ByRef image)
Set image = LoadPicture("c:\temp\image1.jpg")
End Sub

The labelControl object has a callback property (getLabel), which I intend to use in order to feed the text from the external text file to it.

So something like:

Sub getExternalText(control As IRibbonControl, ByRef textfile)
Set textfile= LoadFile("c:\temp\test.text")
End Sub

..would be great if it worked.

Appreciate any suggestions

Thanks a lot
Fergal
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I have now found a solution to the issue - thanks.
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Sub importTextFile(control As IRibbonControl, ByRef labeltext)
Dim fname As String
Dim sVal As String
fname = "C:\temp\Test.txt"
labeltext = OpenTextFileToString(fname)
'Debug.Print sVal
'MsgBox sVal
End Sub

Function OpenTextFileToString(ByVal strFile As String) As String
Dim hFile As Long
hFile = FreeFile
Open strFile For Input As #hFile
OpenTextFileToString = Input$(LOF(hFile), hFile)
Close #hFile
End Function
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