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How to import multiple text files to multiple sheets?

Supposing, there are multiple text files in a folder of your computer, now, you want to import these text files to an Excel workbook, and place each text file into separate worksheets. Copying and pasting each text file to the worksheet one by one will waste lots of time, here, I can talk about some tricks for you to solve this problem.

Import multiple text files to separate worksheets with VBA code

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The following VBA code may help you to import each text file into separate sheets within a new workbook at once, please do as follows:

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys in Excel to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Click Insert > Module, and paste the following code in the Module Window.

VBA code: Import multiple text files to separate worksheets:

Sub CombineTextFiles()
'updateby Extendoffice 20151015
    Dim xFilesToOpen As Variant
    Dim I As Integer
    Dim xWb As Workbook
    Dim xTempWb As Workbook
    Dim xDelimiter As String
    Dim xScreen As Boolean
    On Error GoTo ErrHandler
    xScreen = Application.ScreenUpdating
    Application.ScreenUpdating = False
    xDelimiter = "|"
    xFilesToOpen = Application.GetOpenFilename("Text Files (*.txt), *.txt", , "Kutools for Excel", , True)
    If TypeName(xFilesToOpen) = "Boolean" Then
        MsgBox "No files were selected", , "Kutools for Excel"
        GoTo ExitHandler
    End If
    I = 1
    Set xTempWb = Workbooks.Open(xFilesToOpen(I))
    xTempWb.Sheets(1).Copy
    Set xWb = Application.ActiveWorkbook
    xTempWb.Close False
    xWb.Worksheets(I).Columns("A:A").TextToColumns _
      Destination:=Range("A1"), DataType:=xlDelimited, _
      TextQualifier:=xlDoubleQuote, _
      ConsecutiveDelimiter:=False, _
      Tab:=False, Semicolon:=False, _
      Comma:=False, Space:=False, _
      Other:=True, OtherChar:="|"
    Do While I < UBound(xFilesToOpen)
        I = I + 1
        Set xTempWb = Workbooks.Open(xFilesToOpen(I))
        With xWb
            xTempWb.Sheets(1).Move after:=.Sheets(.Sheets.Count)
            .Worksheets(I).Columns("A:A").TextToColumns _
              Destination:=Range("A1"), DataType:=xlDelimited, _
              TextQualifier:=xlDoubleQuote, _
              ConsecutiveDelimiter:=False, _
              Tab:=False, Semicolon:=False, _
              Comma:=False, Space:=False, _
              Other:=True, OtherChar:=xDelimiter
        End With
    Loop
ExitHandler:
    Application.ScreenUpdating = xScreen
    Set xWb = Nothing
    Set xTempWb = Nothing
    Exit Sub
ErrHandler:
    MsgBox Err.Description, , "Kutools for Excel"
    Resume ExitHandler
End Sub

3. After pasting the above code, press F5 key to run this code, and in the popped out window, please specify the folder which contains the text files, go to the folder to select the text files you want to import to the worksheets, see screenshot:

doc import multiple text files 1

4. Then click Open button, all the selected text files have been imported into a new workbook and each file located in one worksheet individually.

5. At last, you can save the new workbook as you need.


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1. Activate the workbook that you want to split to multiple text files.

2. Click Enterprise > Workbook > Split Workbook, see screenshot:

excel add-ins split workbook feature

3. In the Split Workbook dialog box:

(1.) Check the worksheets that you want to split.

(2.) Check Specify save format, then choose the file format that you want to save, for example, you can choose txt, csv, pdf, xlsx or xls file format as you need.

(3.) Then click Split button, in the following prompt box specify a folder to output the separate files.

excel add-ins split workbook dialog box  2 excel add-ins select location

4. Then click OK button, and your selected worksheets will be split and save to your desired folder with the format as you need.

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    Thuva · 2 years ago
    thank you , multiple text files to different worksheets code worked!
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    pinky · 2 years ago
    Thanks for this code this is working great.. i want to merge all the selected sheet into a single sheet is that possible..
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    Raul · 2 years ago
    How do I change this macros to display text file saved as UTF-8 or in other words using Platform = 65001, Thanks
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    Vaibhav · 2 years ago
    Thanks for this very useful code. I have a question though. What I can change to convert the datatype from General to Text as currently it only imports data into General format.
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    G · 2 years ago
    Is it possible to open Sequencially multiple txt files in a single sheet ?
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    A · 3 years ago
    The code for "Import multiple text files to separate worksheets with VBA code" works for me, BUT cuts off the data of each cell at 255 characters. I think it is defaulting to GeneralFormat cell data, but I need it to be TextFormat. Unfortunately I cannot figure out how to adjust the code to fix this.
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    Pradip · 3 years ago
    I used Following code But Space Didn't Delimit.
    Turned Tab:=True, Space:=True, but it didn't work.
    My Txt file format is-
    ALUMINI16MAYFUT 09-05-2016 10:00:00 106.0000 106.0000 105.2000 105.3500 104

    Any Solution?