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General-purpose routine for writing a string to a text file

A number of the other routines here collect information into a string variable then display it as a messagebox.

That's handy for quickies, but what if you want a more permanent record of the info your macro has collected?

Write it to file! These two subroutines accept a filename and a string and writes the string out to the file, and then open the file for editing/viewing/printing in Notepad.

Sub WriteStringToFile(pFileName as String, pString as String)

	Dim intFileNum as Integer
	intFileNum = FreeFile
                ' change Output to Append if you want to add to an existing file
                ' rather than creating a new file each time
	Open pFilename For Output As intFileNum
	Print #intFileNum, pString
	Close intFileNum

End Sub

Sub SendFileToNotePad(pFileName as String)
	Dim lngReturn as Long

	lngReturn = Shell("NOTEPAD.EXE " & pFileName, vbNormalFocus)

End Sub

So for example, you could do this:

Sub Test()
	' Create a test string
	Dim strTestString as String
	strTestString = "Now is the time for, alas, poor Yorick, to Dunsinane woods to come.  With gibberish like this." 
	' And a name for the file we're going to write
	Dim strTestFile as String
	strTestFile = "C:\TEMP\TESTFILE.TXT"	' be sure you have a C:\TEMP folder or it won't work

	' Write it to a file
	Call WriteStringToFile(strTestFile, strTestString)

	' and now let's see the file
	Call SendFileToNotePad(strTestFile)

End Sub

See How do I use VBA code in PowerPoint? to learn how to use this example code.

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General-purpose routine for writing a string to a text file
Last update 07 June, 2011