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Getting Input from a Text File in Excel

There are a few different ways to get input from a text file in Excel. One way is to use the Get External Data feature. To do this, go to the Data tab and click on the Get External Data button. Then, select the option for From Text. This will open up the Import Text File dialog box. In this dialog box, you will need to select the text file that you want to import. Once you have selected the file, click on the Import button. This will bring up the Text Import Wizard. The first step in this wizard is to choose how you want to import the data from the text file. You have three options:

  • Delimited: This option should be used if your data is separated by commas, tabs, or any other character.
  • Fixed Width: This option should be used if your data is evenly spaced in columns.
  • MS-DOS CSV: This option should be used if your data is saved in a comma-separated values (CSV) format that was created in MS-DOS.

The next step in the wizard is to choose which character you want to use as a delimiter. A delimiter is a character that is used to separate your data into different columns. The most common delimiter is a comma, but you can also use a tab, semicolon, or any other character. Once you have chosen a delimiter, click on the Next button.

The next step in the wizard is to choose how you want your data to be formatted. You have three options:

  • General: This option will format your data as numbers, dates, or times.
  • Text: This option will format your data as text. This is useful if your data contains characters that could be misinterpreted as numbers or dates.
  • Mixed: This option will format your data as both numbers and text. This is useful if your data contains both numbers and text.

The final step in the wizard is to choose where you want your data to be imported. You can either import it into an existing worksheet or create a new worksheet for it. Once you have made your selection, click on the Finish button.

Your data will now be imported into Excel!

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