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Opening ASCI text data files in Excel or Access

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by jeepsterblue, Aug 30, 2004.

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  1. jeepsterblue

    jeepsterblue Thread Starter

    Aug 30, 2004
    I receive data files in ASCI text. I want to open them in Excel or in Access but I do not want to spend 2 days counting spaces. Sometimes, I do not even have a clearly delineated file format to help me break it out.
    Any tips?
  2. pinntech


    Aug 25, 2004
    None that I know of without you having to do all the leg work. What is the source of the text file? As in where is it coming from, what program does it originate in?

    No way of having them save it into a format that Excel or Access can import?
  3. Rollin_Again


    Sep 4, 2003
    What type of information is contained in the text file you recieve? Depending on how the data is returned to you, you could always use an Excel macro to open the text file and to extract only the information you need. Without seeing an example its hard to say whether or not this is an option for you. I receive one report in text format that has information spread out all over it. I was able to pick out the information that I needed by locating certain "keywords" in the document and then taking only the values that appeared next to them.

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