Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007 and 2010. 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: Determining If the End of a Text File Has Been Reached.

Determining If the End of a Text File Has Been Reached

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 8, 2016)

In other issues of WordTips you learn how to access text files from within a macro. Another command associated with sequential text files is the EOF function. If used on an open file, EOF returns a True or False condition, which indicates if the internal file pointer is located at the end of the file. This function is most often used when inputting information from a text file, as shown here:

Open "MyFile.Dat" for Input as #1
J = 0
While Not EOF(1)
    J = J + 1
    Line Input sMyString(J)
Wend

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (11142) applies to Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Determining If the End of a Text File Has Been Reached.

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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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