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How To Import Text File With No Delimiters?

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    Sam
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    How To Import Text File With No Delimiters?

    I have a text file with over 2,000 names that look like the following:

    Mr. Benoit Smith
    120 Adam Street
    Dorchester, MA 02124

    Marcus Darbouze
    1553 Blue Hill Avenue
    Boston, MA 02126

    American Public Health Initiatives
    10 Fairway Street
    Mattapan, MA 02126

    Most consist of 3 lines some as many as 5. The text file has no
    delimiters so that when I import/open it in Excel it becomes just one
    very long column. I need to convert it or parse it into any other
    database friendly importable format i.e., .dbf, .xls, .csv etc. What I
    need is to convert it into a table with up to five header rows:

    head1 head2 head3 head4 head5

    Please help, I've been at it for way too many hours.

    P.S. Please keep it simple if possible, Excel is all new to me.

    TIA

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    David McRitchie
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    Re: How To Import Text File With No Delimiters?

    Hi Sam,
    You did not indicate examples of the 3 to 5 line of data separated by a blank
    row as to where they should end up. Nevertheless, you should find
    the answer at:

    SNAKECOLS, How to snake columns to use fewer pages
    http://www.mvps.org/dmcritchie/excel/snakecol.htm
    with specific answer in the following macro:

    naddr2ss (macro code). Convert 1-up labels to Spreadsheet format.
    The 1-Up labels must be separated by at least one blank line to start
    a new spreadsheet row.
    http://www.mvps.org/dmcritchie/excel/naddr2ss.txt

    If you do not get 5 columns of data you can move the cells
    around on that row to match you usage before continuing
    to process the next destination row.
    ---
    HTH,
    David McRitchie, Microsoft MVP - Excel [site changed Nov. 2001]
    My Excel Pages: http://www.mvps.org/dmcritchie/excel/excel.htm
    Search Page: http://www.mvps.org/dmcritchie/excel/search.htm

    "Sam" <sam@noemail.com> wrote in message news:5vmg011e52qmdc9f3ru5dca26brtn0erko@4ax.com...
    > I have a text file with over 2,000 names that look like the following:
    >
    > Mr. Benoit Smith
    > 120 Adam Street
    > Dorchester, MA 02124
    >
    > Marcus Darbouze
    > 1553 Blue Hill Avenue
    > Boston, MA 02126
    >
    > American Public Health Initiatives
    > 10 Fairway Street
    > Mattapan, MA 02126
    >
    > Most consist of 3 lines some as many as 5. The text file has no
    > delimiters so that when I import/open it in Excel it becomes just one
    > very long column. I need to convert it or parse it into any other
    > database friendly importable format i.e., .dbf, .xls, .csv etc. What I
    > need is to convert it into a table with up to five header rows:
    >
    > head1 head2 head3 head4 head5
    >
    > Please help, I've been at it for way too many hours.
    >
    > P.S. Please keep it simple if possible, Excel is all new to me.
    >
    > TIA




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