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excel – VBA from 2010 to 2016: copy/paste text as undelimited, even though it contains delimitation characters

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment


I have converted a macro enabled document I have from XLSM to an XLSB as this was created in Excel 2010 but users have now moved to Excel 2016.

I have come across an issue when I copy information containing delimitation characters from a Notepad e.g. text; 1; 2; 3 and paste this into the Excel: it delimits itself into multiple columns but I need it to stay in the un-delimited format.

Is there anyway to go about this? the only way so far I have found to do this is to copy it to another Excel sheet first but this isn’t practical.

Selection.TextToColumns Destination:=Range("C2"), DataType:=xlDelimited, _
    TextQualifier:=xlDoubleQuote, ConsecutiveDelimiter:=False, Tab:=False, _
    Semicolon:=True, Comma:=False, Space:=False, Other:=True, OtherChar _
    :=":", FieldInfo:=Array(Array(1, 1), Array(2, 1), Array(3, 1), Array(4, 1), Array(5, _
    1), Array(6, 1), 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), Array(28, 1), Array(29, 1)), TrailingMinusNumbers _

Selection.Delete Shift:=xlToLeft
Columns("E:E").Cut Destination:=Columns("H:H")
Selection.Delete Shift:=xlToLeft
Selection.Delete Shift:=xlToLeft
ActiveWindow.ScrollColumn = 1
How to&Answers:

You could fake a the text to column to clear its options

Sub ClearTextToColumns()
    If IsEmpty(Range("A1")) Then Range("A1") = "XXXX"
    Range("A1").TextToColumns Destination:=Range("A1"), _
        DataType:=xlDelimited, _
        TextQualifier:=xlDoubleQuote, _
        ConsecutiveDelimiter:=False, _
        Tab:=False, _
        Semicolon:=False, _
        Comma:=False, _
        Space:=False, _
        Other:=False, _
    If Range("A1") = "XXXX" Then Range("A1") = ""
End Sub

Note that the contents of cell A1 will not be modified because no operations are specified for the TextToColumns method.

Note that the second part of your code can be reduced to

Columns("G:G").Delete Shift:=xlToLeft
Columns("E:E").Cut Destination:=Columns("H:H")
Columns("E:E").Delete Shift:=xlToLeft
Range("J:J,L:Y,AA:AB").Delete Shift:=xlToLeft

Using .Select is a bad practice and not necessary to do these actions. If you avoid that your code gets much more stable, faster and prevents many issues.
Also see: How to avoid using Select in Excel VBA.