Advanced VBA | Working with text files exercise | Reading in a text file line by line to accumulate a message

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Software ==> Advanced VBA  (33 exercises)
Version ==> Any MS Office versions
Topic ==> Working with text files  (2 exercises)
Level ==> Relatively easy
Subject ==> VBA training
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The text file in the above folder contains a message - your task is to read it in line by line:

The text file

The start of the message (you could, of course, just read it manually!).


To achieve this task, first create a reference to the Microsoft Scripting Runtime object library.  Now write code to set a string variable to a blank string to begin with, and accumulate text within it as you read in each line.  Something like this should do the trick:

'read in the next character's line

NextCharacter = ts.ReadLine

'accumulate this in a string variable

msg = msg & NextCharacter

Obviously you'll need to include this within a loop reading lines in from the text file until you reach the end, and declare all the necessary variables!

If you succeed, your macro should display the meaning of life:

The meaning of life

Clearly the message you accumulate and display will be different.


Save your workbook as Solving the mysteries of life.xlsm, then close it down. 

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