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Automating Excel Text File Import from VBA

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I have been getting a bunch of data files in .csv format and using Excel to eliminate bad rows and scrub bad cells prior to import. Now I am getting them as .txt files and when I use Excel to open them I lose leading zeroes that I need.

I'm trying to adapt this code from an Excel macro into VBA in Access, but I'm using late binding and Access is blowing up on the code.

Any suggestions on how to "import" in Excel using VBA code would be appreciated.

Thanks.
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Why would you be using Excel at all at this point?  Why not import the text file directly into Access?  We can help you with converting the code to Access VBA but you'll need to post it and tell us where it fails and what error message you are getting.
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In Access you can link csv file and create queries for correct import. You will need very small VBA part:
1. Rename (copy) file according to your linked file name (constant)
2. Run import queries
3.  Delete imported csv file
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by:Rey Obrero (Capricorn1)
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have you tried using Import Specification?

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.csv" , True
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by:Buck_Beasom
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The 2 suggestions combined to provide a good solution.

Thank you.
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