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 Rid of Extra Quote Marks in Exported Text Files.

Getting Rid of Extra Quote Marks in Exported Text Files

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 17, 2013)

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Sometimes the export filters used by Excel can produce undesired results in the exported file. For instance, when you export to a tab-delimited text file, some Excel filters place quote marks around the text in a cell. For instance, assume that a particular cell contains the following text:

Create bts; sitemask = "0110"; pcmlink = 40 

This, however, is how the text in the cell is exported by Excel:

"Create bts; sitemask = ""0110""; pcmlink = 40" 

Notice that Excel adds extra quotation marks, first around the entire cell contents, and then an extra set around any previously "quoted" text within the cell.

One solution for handling the problem is to simply load the text file created by Excel into another program, such as Word, and use the Find and Replace feature to remove the undesired quotes. A better solution, however, is to create your own macro that creates the output text file. Consider the following macro:

Sub Export()
    Dim r As Range, c As Range
    Dim sTemp As String

    Open "c:\MyOutput.txt" For Output As #1
    For Each r In Selection.Rows
        sTemp = ""
        For Each c In r.Cells
            sTemp = sTemp & c.Text & Chr(9)
        Next c

        'Get rid of trailing tabs
        While Right(sTemp, 1) = Chr(9)
            sTemp = Left(sTemp, Len(sTemp) - 1)
        Wend
        Print #1, sTemp
    Next r
    Close #1
End Sub

All you need to do is select the cells you want to export, and then run the macro. The cells in the selection are extracted from the worksheet and placed in the file c:MyOutput.txt. (This filename can be changed in the macro to whatever your needs dictate.)

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2237) 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 Rid of Extra Quote Marks in Exported Text Files.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2016-04-24 16:10:52

Dave N

Marvelous! Thanks so much. Now in 2016 it's STILL a problem. And with a little 'Export' button added, linked to the macro, perfection!


2016-01-14 07:01:18

Ben U

Brilliant, thank you


2015-08-28 14:53:57

Sheila

Thank you!!!


2015-05-08 17:36:11

Robert W

The easiest solution I have found is to just open the Excel spreadsheet and highlight what you want (even the entire spreadsheet) and then copy & paste it directly into NotePad.


2015-05-01 10:42:51

Apoorv S

Thanks a lot.. I have been searching a solution for this issue for sometime now. This code worked like a charm.


2015-03-10 12:48:08

Ishu

Hi! i am trying to use your suggestion. I am having a text file and I want to Output that using the VBA in MS Excel. When I use the Output command, I am getting a "Permission Denied: Error 70" error. I believe this is because I am trying to Output a write-protected text file. Can you suggest me the vba code required to remove the write-protection on this text file. This would help me a lot and I greatly appreciate it.


2014-12-16 09:24:46

ACE

Amaising Macro


2014-11-19 04:52:16

kavitha

Above code worked for my problem...Thank you...But small doubt what is WEND in the above code?


2014-11-19 02:26:11

kavitha

If i convert excel file into csv, when i open that converted file in notepad it is showing some extra double quotes. how can i remove this quotes?


2014-10-30 14:23:34

Mike

Or do it the easy way. Export the file as CSV. Edit it using Notepad. Remove all the Quotes and save it. Done.


2014-07-23 16:28:17

john s

This is an excellent tip!


2014-06-18 12:20:33

Paul

Also found a lot of crappy "solutions" on the internet, before this one!!! I new I had to do something with the [Print] command...
In addition, I only needed to start with replacing my existing qoutes:

Cells.Replace What:="""", Replacement:="'", LookAt:=xlPart, SearchOrder _
:=xlByRows, MatchCase:=False, SearchFormat:=False, ReplaceFormat:=False


2014-03-26 16:34:52

Jen

Is there anyway to do this on just a single column within an existing macro?

I have an exported webpage in Excel that we run a lengthy macro on, but still has hidden quotations on only 1 column (G) that we manually find/replace via the text file.

I would like to be able to add this into the existing macro for column G only.

I'm teaching myself VB so I would appreciate any assistance!

Thanks!


2013-11-07 16:25:32

Sam A

This worked great. Thanks!
One alteration I made was to open the file after saving it(at the very end). To do this I added the following code at the end(See full example below): Shell "notepad++.exe ""c:tempMyOutput.txt""", vbNormalNoFocus



Sub Export()
Dim r As Range, c As Range
Dim sTemp As String

Open "c:tempMyOutput.txt" For Output As #1
For Each r In Selection.Rows
sTemp = ""
For Each c In r.Cells
sTemp = sTemp & c.Text & Chr(9)
Next c

'Get rid of trailing tabs
While Right(sTemp, 1) = Chr(9)
sTemp = Left(sTemp, Len(sTemp) - 1)
Wend
Print #1, sTemp
Next r
Close #1
Shell "notepad++.exe ""c:tempMyOutput.txt""", vbNormalNoFocus
End Sub


2013-10-31 00:23:14

Lisa

Thanks! This is great. Have been struggling with this for a couple of weeks and you have solved it!


2013-09-24 00:09:15

Taylor

Thank you so freaking much for this elegant and effective macro! This page just ended two hours of frustrated google searches.


2013-08-19 05:36:49

Bruno V

Hi, interesting tip. Excel also puts quotation marks around email addresses one wants to copy into the TO-line of Outlook when there is more than one email address in a cell. Can this macro be adapted to remove the quotation marks while transiting through the clipboard?


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