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Posted on 2014-09-30
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A few days ago an expert helped me with the importing of an Excel file into an Access database via:

DoCmd.TransferSpreadsheet acImport, acSpreadsheetTypeExcel9, "tblTempFieldNotesImport", .SelectedItems(1), False, "A1:B66"

But now I need to do the same thing but with a tab delimited text file.

What should this line of code look like to do that?

--Steve
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by:Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE )
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DoCmd.TransferText works much the same way:

DoCmd.TransferText acImportDelim, , "TableName", "FilePath"

More information here:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office/ff835958(v=office.15).aspx
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by:danishani
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Hi Steve,

You can use the DoCmd.TransferText () command for that.


Look for the link on how to use it.
DoCmd.TransferText Method (Access)
Basically the first time you can import the Text file manually and Save the Import Specification.
Then with the Command line you can specify the Import Specification and you can run it each time the same way.

Hope this helps,
Daniel
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Rey Obrero (Capricorn1) earned 167 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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