Create a loop on a Notepad file

I have a Notepad file that at column 161 starts a new record.  What I need is to insert a return at column 160 for each row so the record is in the correct position.  Basically, every row really has two rows of data on it.  Of course, I need the code to then go to the next row and insert a return again at 160.  However, can VBA be used against a Notepad file?  What language would be used and can this even be done?
Sandra SmithRetiredAsked:
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GrahamSkanRetiredCommented:
What applications do you have that run VBA?
If you have it, you can use Word to open the file and use all of Word's VBA methods.
You'll need some code like this:

Sub TextFile()
    Dim doc As Document
    Dim para As Paragraph
    Dim rng As Range
    Dim rng2 As Range
    Dim p As Integer
   
    Set doc = Documents.Open("C:\MyFolder\MyFile.txt")
    For p = doc.Range.Paragraphs.Count To 1 Step -1 'move backwards since the changes will disturb later numbering
        Set rng = doc.Range.Paragraphs(p).Range
        If rng.Characters.Count > 119 Then
            Set rng2 = rng.Characters(120)
            rng2.Collapse wdCollapseEnd
            rng2.Text = vbCr
        End If
    Next p
   
    doc.SaveAs Replace(doc.FullName, ".", "_new."), wdFormatDOSTextLineBreaks
End Sub

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Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
This depends on the file contents. Is it ASCII (versus being UTF16 / "Unicode") indeed?
In general, you open the text file, read a line, and write the first 160 chars as a line to a new file, then write the next 160 chars.

In PowerShell (which is most simple here) this would look this:
$file = C:\Temp\OriginalFile.txt
(get-content $file) | % {
  Write-Output $_.SubString(0, 160)
  Write-Output $_.Substring(160)
} | Out-File -Encoding ASCII $file

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It is very similar in VBA.
Sandra SmithRetiredAuthor Commented:
It is a text file. Will try both suggestions and see what happens
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Sandra SmithRetiredAuthor Commented:
I have all of MS Office and want this data to end up in an ACCESS 2010 database.
Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
Do you want to have each (new) line as an own row in Access? In that case I would combine all processes required, and use VBA code similar to above.
Sandra SmithRetiredAuthor Commented:
With a slight modification, this works perfectly, thank you.
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