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We have a .dat file that contains tabs & spaces as delimiters. We need to edit this file to replace a particular field in a record. One way I thought is to import the file to excel and edit code using VBA. Though I succeeded editing the column with new value, I'm stuck with exporting the excel back to .dat file with preserving the format. Is there a way to edit .dat file directly?

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You can read a .dat file like you would any other TextFile.

Dim sr as StreamReader
Dim sFile as String
sr = File.OpenText("file.dat")
sFile = sr.ReadToEnd()


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Use the following to save in txt format (dat)

Sub Save_File()

Application.DisplayAlerts = False

ActiveWorkbook.SaveAs Filename:="c:\test\testfile.dat", FileFormat:=xlTextMSDOS

Application.DisplayAlerts = True

End Sub

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