Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Microsoft 365. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Saving Information in a Non-Document Text File.

Saving Information in a Non-Document Text File

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated March 20, 2024)
This tip applies to Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Microsoft 365


There may be times when you want a macro to save information to a text file. This is very easy to do. All you need is to open the file for output, and then start sending information to the file. The following code fragment writes a text file using this method.

Open "MyFile.Dat" For Output As #1
Print #1, NumValues
For J = 1 to NumValues
    Print #1, UserVals(J)
Next J
Close #1

In this example, the first thing written to the file is a numeric value indicating how many individual values will follow it. Then a For ... Next loop is used to create the balance of the file. You don't have to use this method of putting data in the file (number of values followed by individual values), but doing so makes it easy to read the information back from the file at a later time.

Why would you want to store information in a non-document text file? They are most often used to store information that may be subsequently needed by your macros (such as configuration information of whatever type you determine necessary) or to save information that may be required by programs other than Word.

Note:

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WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (9660) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Microsoft 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Saving Information in a Non-Document Text File.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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