Text to columns strange problem

pirdop

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Hello,
I’m trying to convert some very badly formated xls files to readable ones.
For the purpose I used the Text to Column feature in excel itself. As there a lot of files to be processed I recorded a macro and tried to apply it to the rest of the files.
But there is something wrong as it doesn’t convert the dates properly.
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The dates to be converted are in the following format: yyyymmdd e.g. 20100706
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Here is the macro:
Code:
Selection.TextToColumns Destination:=Range("A1"), DataType:=xlDelimited, _
          TextQualifier:=xlDoubleQuote, ConsecutiveDelimiter:=True, Tab:=False, _
          Semicolon:=False, Comma:=True, Space:=False, Other:=False, FieldInfo:=Array(Array(1, 1), Array(2, 1), Array(3, 1), Array(4, 1), Array(5, _
          4), Array(6, 4), Array(7, 1), Array(8, 1), Array(9, 1), Array(10, 1), Array(11, 1), Array(12 _
          , 1), Array(13, 1), Array(14, 1), Array(15, 1), Array(16, 1), Array(17, 1), Array(18, 1), _
          Array(19, 1), Array(20, 1), Array(21, 1), Array(22, 1), Array(23, 1), Array(24, 1), Array( _
          25, 1), Array(26, 1), Array(27, 1)), TrailingMinusNumbers:=True
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thanks
 
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{font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:1; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-format:eek:ther; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:0 0 0 0 0 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0cm; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:DE;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} .MsoPapDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; margin-bottom:10.0pt; line-height:115%;} @page WordSection1 {size:612.0pt 792.0pt; margin:72.0pt 72.0pt 72.0pt 72.0pt; mso-header-margin:36.0pt; mso-footer-margin:36.0pt; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;} --> </style><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style> <![endif]--> here is one sample string stored initially in a single cell

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Internal,00054321402,0000000010,ART AAT,20100709,20100623,,DORGANS,DN00C014,, 10.000, 0.000, 61913.25, 1, 61913.25,order Approval ,Approved,0062270001,N0103462,1600922145,00010,0003211065,10,,00000000,,

What i want it to do is to convert 20100709 to 07/09/2010 (or something similar) and excel to treat it as a date, because afterward I have to make some calculations between the above dates and today's date.
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Strangely this code seems to work, unfortunately not for all dates, but the majority (recorded on excel 2003) the previous one was generated by 2007.
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MACRO2
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Code:
Selection.TextToColumns Destination:=Range("A1"), DataType:=xlDelimited, _
          TextQualifier:=xlDoubleQuote, ConsecutiveDelimiter:=False, Tab:=True, _
          Semicolon:=False, Comma:=False, Space:=False, Other:=True, OtherChar _
          :=",", FieldInfo:=Array(Array(1, 1), Array(2, 1), Array(3, 1), Array(4, 1), Array(5, _
          5), Array(6, 5), Array(7, 5), Array(8, 5), Array(9, 1), Array(10, 1), Array(11, 1), Array(12 _
          , 1), Array(13, 1), Array(14, 1), Array(15, 1), Array(16, 1), Array(17, 1), Array(18, 1), _
          Array(19, 1), Array(20, 1), Array(21, 1), Array(22, 1), Array(23, 1), Array(24, 1), Array( _
          25, 5), Array(26, 1), Array(27, 5)), TrailingMinusNumbers:=True
I don't get it as here TABs and commas are counted, but in the string are just commas !? :eek:
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P.S. After the conversion is finished and when I try to save the file excel says :
*.xls is in text(delimited) format and suggests to save the workbook as the “latest excel format”
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Could this be causing all the trouble? And is the latest Excel format anyway?
 

Richard Schollar

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Your dates are in Fields 5 and 6 so in the FieldInfo argument you need to specify how these are to be imported:

...,FieldInfo:=Array(Array(1, 1), Array(2, 1), Array(3, 1), Array(4, 1), Array(5, _
xlYMDFormat), Array(6, xlYMDFormat)
, Array(7, 1),...
 

pirdop

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thanks it worked!!!

Do you know what's behind the story with text delimited format and the "latest Excel format". Apparently this is what really bugs everything, because if I save the file manually in the "latest format" (which is just the ordinary xls) the macros I run on the data to work with no problems. On the other hand if I don't save before, I get very strange results....

Anyway to automize the saving process? the Workbook.save or Workbook.saveas don't seem to do the trick
 

Richard Schollar

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I'm not sure why it would be telling you the file is in text (delimited) format but I would have thought that using SaveAs and specifying the format would work ie:

Rich (BB code):
ActiveWorkbook.SaveAs Filename:="C:\SomeFolder\SomeFilename",FileFormat:=xlWorkbookNormal
 

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