Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Getting Input from a Text File.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 23, 2018)
True to its BASIC roots, VBA allows you to do file input on sequential files. This means you can open and read a sequential text file, loading the information from the file into string variables. The steps are simple. You only have to open the file, get the input, and then close the file. The following code is a common example of reading from a sequential file:
Dim Raw As String Dim NumValues As Integer, J As Integer Dim UserVals() As String Open "MyFile.Dat" For Input As #1 Line Input #1, Raw NumValues = Val(Raw) ReDim UserVals(NumValues) For J = 1 to NumValues Line Input #1, UserVals(J) Next J Close #1
In this example you should note that the first line read from the text file (MyFile.Dat) is assumed to contain a value that indicates how many items are to be read in from the file.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2227) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Getting Input from a Text File.
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