VBA OpenTextFile

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The FileSystemObject VBA OpenTextFile function opens a file as a TextStream object for text read, write, or append (does not allow binary operations).

VBA OpenTextFile Syntax

filename
Name of the text file to open.
iomode
Optional. One of three options:

Option Value Description
ForReading 1 Open the file as read only
ForWriting 2 Open file for write only
ForAppending 8 Open for appending only. Does not allow to overwrite existing text only writing to the end of the file

create
Optional. If True will allow to create a new file if no such file exists. If False file will not be created and an error will be raised.
format
Defines the coding of the text file:

Option Value Description
TristateUseDefault -2 Default system coding
TristateTrue -1 Unicode coding
TristateFalse 0 ASCII coding

VBA OpenTextFile Examples

Below are examples of using the OpenTextFile method. First we will explore writing and then reading a file.

Referencing Microsoft Scripting Runtime

Not referencing Microsoft Scripting Runtime

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