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How would you assign a blank value to empty cells so that they are NOT interpreted as NULL values when saving an Excel file into a tab deliminted text file?

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How would you assign a blank value to empty cells so that they are not interpreted as NULL values when saving an Excel 2010 file as a tab delimited text file?

For example, values in columns E, G and J should not have any Null values.

I will ultimately be importing this tab delimited text file into a Sybase table using DBArtisan's import wizard and some fields in the Sybase table have "Nulls = No" setting.
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by:ProfessorJimJam
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do the followings

with holding the control keyboard select columns E, G and J  then

in the home tab then on the editing  Find and Replace option select  "Go to Special" in the dialbox select "blanks" then click Ok
then put a space or whatever you want to replace the blanks cells with. then hold Control key and press enter in the keyboard.

all of the balank cells will replace with the signed value.
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with macro you can do it through code

assuming that your worksheet nameis Sheet1


Sub Macro()

    Sheets("Sheet1").Select
    Range("E1,E:E,G:G,J:J").Select
    Selection.SpecialCells(xlCellTypeBlanks).Select
    Selection.FormulaR1C1 = " "
End Sub

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by:zimmer9
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What if I want to replace NULL values with blank values in the cells?
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by:Glenn Ray
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ProfessorJimJam's solutions are valid for your original question and should be recognized.

If you have an import into Excel that is indeed producing NULL in a cell, that is simply text and can be removed with a simple search and replace across the entire sheet.  There is no "NULL" equivalent in Excel; the cell is either empty or not.

-Glenn
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