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## November 17, 2004

Curious George: Excel to Text? I need to take a column of excel data and somehow export it into a series of text files...

I have a spreadsheet, within which one of the columns contains words and such. I need to take those words and somehow copy them into a series of .txt files, one text file holding a cell's worth of text from the column. Talking about 1500 rows, so I really don't want to copy/paste if I don't have to. Anyone know a nice quick way to do this? I've looked over exporting as a text file of some kind, but the best I can do is get the entire columsn worth of text into a single .txt, which isn't what I want. Any thoughts or comments are welcomed. If it matter, I know eactly bupkis about scripting and macros.

Just so you know, I checked googlegroups first and all the listings I saw either didn't do what I want or were impenetrable masses of VB programming, which I understand pitifully little of.

I can't get

to work so bear with me.

Some macro code (change A1 to suit your needs):

Range("A1", Range("A1").End(xlDown)).Select

Dim cell As Object
Dim counter, i As Integer
Dim cellArray() As Variant

'generate cell array

counter = 1

For Each cell In Range(ActiveCell, ActiveCell.End(xlDown))
ReDim Preserve cellArray(counter)
cellArray(counter) = cell.Value
counter = counter + 1
Next cell

'copy array to another worksheet

ActiveSheet.Name = "Destination"

i = 1

For i = 1 To counter - 1
Worksheets("Destination").Cells(i, 1).Value = cellArray(i)
Next

From there you can add a command for exporting the Destination worksheet to a text file. One such function here for automating the process:

• http://www.vba-programmer.com/Excel_Code/Creating_Text_File.txt

Alex: <code> works here.

Fes: in your 'whole column' text file, what separates the rows?

Alex: so, if I'm reading that macro right, you make it take each cell and convert it into a separate worksheet? and then, with the linked code, I make it take each worksheet and covnert it to text - that correct?

Should be working on my presentation for tomorrow, but distractions are nice...

Macro code:
  Filepath = InputBox("Enter a filename, including full path (row number will be appended)", "", "C:\xceldata")  For i = 1 To Selection.Rows.Count   Filename = Filepath & i & ".txt"   Open Filename For Output As #1 ' Open file for output.   Print #1, Selection.Cells(i, 1).Value ' Write data.   Close #1 ' Close file.  Next i 
Now it's back to work.

Richer - let me rephrase: I have a whole column, around 1500 rows long, of cells that each have a line of text (they're document titles and brief descriptions, if that makes a difference) in them. The rows themselves are discrete; I just need to take the text from each cell and somehow put it into a separate text file, the ultimate result being 1500 or so very small individual text files.

Fes, yes. The macro takes each cell from a column that has a value of some kind in it, and copies those cells to a column in a second worksheet called "Destination". You can then do a File -> Save As... to save the worksheet to text. Or you can add that function I linked to and then call that function in the macro, to automatically save the worksheet to a text file. I like doing that part manually, myself, but if you need to automate, that's how you would do it.

(Assuming it's \n -- a carriage return, and you have Python (the .exe, not win32all) installed..)

 # open the .txt file containing the column input = open(r'c:\path\to\colums.txt','r') i = 0 # write the content of each cell N in c:\path\to\cellN.txt for cell in input:   fname = r'c:\path\to\cell' + i + '.txt'   output = open(fname,'w')   output.write(cell)   output.close()   i += 1 input.close() 

In Python, the indenting is mandatory and significant. -- this code does not check for exceptions. Lines starting with # indicate comments.

Thanks much! I think this will work. You all likely just saved me a bunch of scut work, and I am very much obliged.

Ahah, I wrote exactly the same program as wanderingstan, but in a different language. (I don't know VB)

Destination will have the entire column in one text file. What Richer and Wanderingstan wrote will split up each row cell value from Destination into its own uniquely numbered text file. I didn't read that part of your spec, sorry!

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