VBA copy from Excel to Notepad

Posted on 2013-05-21
Last Modified: 2013-05-23
Need some code to copy a range of cells from Excel,open up notepad and paste into it.
Anyway to have notepad save to a given csv file and save into a given folder using VBA?
Question by:cebu1014
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Expert Comment

ID: 39184760
It's all possible, but it's not necessarily clean. Why don't you save the csv directly without going through notepad?

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Expert Comment

ID: 39184909
Yes, I would suggest using VBA to simply create a new worksheet, paste the desired data into that sheet, then Save-As the sheet using CSV into the desired folder.

Author Comment

ID: 39185044
I would like to at least no how to open up notepad and to paste into it using VBA just to have the know how. There is some issues I am having otherwise when using double quotes in fields .
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Expert Comment

ID: 39185078
If you want to learn how to open Notepad from Excel, paste data and save the resulting file, take a look at the code in this Mr. Excel thread:
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Expert Comment

ID: 39185139
A simple way to get started is this, but it won't save the file:

Sub CopyToNotepad()
    Shell "Notepad", vbNormalFocus
    AppActivate "Untitled - Notepad"
    SendKeys "123"
End Sub

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rspahitz earned 500 total points
ID: 39185189
Or another way that will create the file then open it, insert data, then save:
Sub CopyToNotepad()
    Dim iFileNumber As Integer
    Selection.Copy' copy the current Excel selection

    iFileNumber = FreeFile()' find the next free file identifier

   ' create the file
    Open "C:\Users\{username}\Documents\abc.txt" For Output As #iFileNumber
    Close #iFileNumber

    ' launch the file in notepad
    Shell "Notepad C:\Users\{username}\Documents\abc.txt", vbNormalFocus

   ' activate the window so we can talk to it
    AppActivate "abc.txt"

   ' send a Ctrl+V (paste) and Ctrl+S (save) to notepad...could also send an Alt-FX to exit if desired
    SendKeys "^v^s"
End Sub

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Note that SendKeys is considered occasionally flaky and not always reliable.

Author Comment

ID: 39189909
I got it to work using your above routine as a guide. I removed some of the lines though and added  TRUE at end of sendkeys command in order to get it to work.

Sub CopyToNotepad()
    Range(Selection, Selection.End(xlDown)).Select

    Shell "Notepad C:\Users\mw1\my Documents\abc.csv", vbNormalFocus

    SendKeys "^a", True
    SendKeys "{ENTER}", True
SendKeys ("^{HOME}"), True
SendKeys "^v", True
End Sub

Author Closing Comment

ID: 39189912
Good Job
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Expert Comment

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Glad it got you in the right direction.  Seems that you learned a few new things along the way too.

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