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If statement failing (delimited file)

Posted on 2014-03-11
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I have an if statement that is needed sometimes but not all the time.  It is after an extract that uses a delimited file, but sometimes it is already delimited and others it is not.  It depends on if the user in Excel changes the settings in the delimiter.  It appears that Excel remembers the last delimited settings and tries to apply that, even if it is not needed.

In todays example my if statement on cell D4 was not honored and it was clearly populated but it still tried to TextToColumn column A when it was not needed.  Is there another way that I can set the delimited settings so they are consistent, and then a different check, to see if anything right of column A, has a value?  If it comes in with values the delimited file came in with the previous settings that it remember from the last time it ran, but as soon as someone messes with the settings of Excels delimited, it the TextToColumn is needed again.

Any ideas how I can fix this?

   Sheets("COOIS-Done").Select
    If (D4 = "") Then 'if blank? do TextToColumns
    Selection.TextToColumns Destination:=Range("A1"), DataType:=xlDelimited, _
        TextQualifier:=xlDoubleQuote, ConsecutiveDelimiter:=False, Tab:=False, _
        Semicolon:=False, Comma:=False, Space:=False, Other:=True, OtherChar _
        :="|", FieldInfo:=Array(Array(1, 1), Array(2, 1), Array(3, 1), Array(4, 1), Array(5, _
        1), Array(6, 1), Array(7, 1), Array(8, 1), Array(9, 1), Array(10, 1), Array(11, 1), Array(12 _
        , 1), Array(13, 1), Array(14, 1), Array(15, 1), Array(16, 1), Array(17, 1), Array(18, 1), _
        Array(19, 1)), TrailingMinusNumbers:=True
'if not continue
    End If

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by:Harry Lee
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RWayneH,

The if statement in your code is not even valid.

If (D4 = "") Then

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is not in the correct format at all. You should not be able to run the macro at all.

It should be
If Range("D4") = "" Then

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One other problem, are you sure D4 is ""? When you extract data from a CSV or TSV file, it's very often that a cells appears to be blank but in fact not. Is there any space sitting in the cell? Is there any invisible characters sitting in the cell?
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Thanks, I will try the new version of the if statement.  I use the Other setting and the delimiter of |  It remembers this if  I do not touch the delimter or switch it.  As soon as I did chg it, that is when I need to run the TextToColumn.

The D4 is just a location that I threw out there.  What I need to know is what the delimiter settings are set to?  I have the extract in the clipboard and paste it into a workbook.

What I am looking for is something that can tell me, if I need to run the TextToColumn delimiter or not?  The only way I am thinking it will work is if I check anything right of column A? in which I just pick D4, or to have the macro set the delimited values prior to pasting in the data....  making sure all are unchecked, except the Other and have a value of "|"

I was  pretty sure that D4 was not empty, even a space = not empty..
How do I set the delimiter settings prior to paste? or write a different If that checks for values in B, C, E ....   Hope this makes sense.
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Harry Lee earned 500 total points
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If you do these regularly, you should know where does the delimiter character "|" first appear. (the first cell that contains | in your data extract)

For example A2.

You if statement can then be
   Sheets("COOIS-Done").Select
    If Range("A2") = "*|*" Then  'if cell A2 contains the character | do TextToColumns
    Selection.TextToColumns Destination:=Range("A1"), DataType:=xlDelimited, _
        TextQualifier:=xlDoubleQuote, ConsecutiveDelimiter:=False, Tab:=False, _
        Semicolon:=False, Comma:=False, Space:=False, Other:=True, OtherChar _
        :="|", FieldInfo:=Array(Array(1, 1), Array(2, 1), Array(3, 1), Array(4, 1), Array(5, _
        1), Array(6, 1), Array(7, 1), Array(8, 1), Array(9, 1), Array(10, 1), Array(11, 1), Array(12 _
        , 1), Array(13, 1), Array(14, 1), Array(15, 1), Array(16, 1), Array(17, 1), Array(18, 1), _
        Array(19, 1)), TrailingMinusNumbers:=True
'if not continue
    End If

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by:RWayneH
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EXCELlent!!  Thanks for the help -R-
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