Saving from excel to fixed width file

pmsteph

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I need to save/copy data I have set up in Excel into a fixed width file for importing into a database.

Is this possible & how do I set it up so the columns are the correct widths?

Any help would be useful.
 

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Greg Truby

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We could certainly automate this with VBA; and perhaps someone with time to do it will stop by. But in the meantime, here's a simply way to get you going.
  1. Create a row with your required widths. (Row 1 in my example.)
  2. Create a formula that concatenates the columns together, using the LEN() and REPT() functions to pad appropriately.
  3. Then you can copy the contents of your composite column over to NOTEPAD, paste in and save and your done.
book1
ABCDEF
15101081Composite
2aaBBBBBCCCCCCCDDDDDDZaa BBBBB CCCCCCC DDDDDD Z
3aBBCCCCCDZa BB CCCCC D Z
4AAAAbbbbbbbCcCcddddZAAAA bbbbbbb CcCc dddd Z
Sheet1


Formula in F2 and downwards: <ul>[*]=A2&REPT(" ",A$1-LEN(A2))&B2&REPT(" ",B$1-LEN(B2))&C2&REPT(" ",C$1-LEN(C2))&D2&REPT(" ",D$1-LEN(D2))&E2&REPT(" ",E$1-LEN(E2))[/list]

HTH
 

Greg Truby

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OK - this does actually work -- the problem is that the PHP software of this board strips out double spaces. So don't worry that column F doesn't look right in the posted example.
 

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