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Import a .txt file into an Access .accdb file

Posted on 2014-09-16
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I have to import files of this nature on regular basis.
Going through the steps manually is quite straight forward.
I have tried a few ways with VBA, but can't succeed.
I attach a typical data file.
For me the most logic VBA is very simple:
   
DoCmd.TransferText acImportDelim, , "tblABC", "C:\MMI\" & "abc.txt", True

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but that only imports the first field and gives an import errors table.
I attach my file and test database.
Please help.
Import-txt.accdb
abc.txt
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Rey Obrero (Capricorn1) earned 2000 total points
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you need to create import specification first.

 To create the Import Specification
  1) Click on external data> text file which then opens another window called "Get external data - Text file"
  2) Use radio button to select "Import the source data into a new table in the current database"
  3) specify the source of the file using the browse procedure then click OK
  4) Choose radio button to select delimited format and then click next
  5) this window allows you to choose delimiter and text qualifier and if first row contains names - click next
  6) This window allows you to type the name of the field in the Field Name column, choose data type, and if you want field indexed - also can choose to skip field - then click next
  7) This window allows you to add primary key or designate field as such - click next
  8) Click on ADVANCED button
  9. in the import specification window
  type the name of the field in the Field Name column
  (here you can use the field names of the destination table, specify data type,
  check the box Skip if you do not want to import the column)
  10 click save as, give the specification a name <-- this is the specification name that you will use in the command line below


DoCmd.TransferText acImportDelim, "ImportSpecificationName", "TableName", "C:\folderName\myText.txt" , True
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by:Fritz Paul
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Thanks Rey,
It works.
Where does Access store the ImportSpecificationName?
Can I export the specification to another database?
Can one edit the specification?
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by:Fritz Paul
ID: 40327347
Hi Rey,
I see there are a lot of posts about above q's. So don't bother to answer.
Thanks again.
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