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Excel Text To Columns - default "column data format" to Text

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In Excel Tex To Columns can I set the default "column data format" to Text?
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Hi, Dawn7930.

AFAIK, the only "sticky" values are those on the Delimiter page.

Would a macro help?

Thanks,
Brian.
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Can I set it up as a PrivateSub to run on open?
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Dawn7930,

Yes, as long as it's in the same module as your Auto_Open or Workbook_Open macros and is called by whichever of them you're using.

Regards,
Brian.
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Dawn7930,

This is a tricky issue, but unlike the rest of the English-speaking world, in Experts Exchange, "Good" means..."Not Good". To quote from one of the Help pages...
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You could reasonably say that I didn't give you a solution. However if something can't be done, then "it can't be done" is a perfectly valid answer and is not grounds, by itself, for a B Grade. (The logic is that the expert has given you the correct answer and it's not fair to penalise him/her for a restriction in Excel, or whatever.)

Please do one of the following...
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I'm sorry to be such a nuisance, but B's and C's are considered to be blots on an expert's record so it's important that they're only there for valid reasons.

Many Thanks,
Brian.
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Thanks, ModeIT.
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Thanks, Dawn7930.
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