How to: Write Text to Files in Visual Basic
Updated: July 20, 2015
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The WriteAllText method can be used to write text to files. If the specified file does not exist, it is created.
WriteAllTextmethod to write text to a file, specifying the file and text to be written. This example writes the line
"This is new text."to the file named
test.txt, appending the text to any existing text in the file.
Loop through the string collection. Use the
WriteAllTextmethod to write text to a file, specifying the target file and string to be added and setting
This example writes the names of the files in the
Documents and Settingsdirectory to
FileList.txt, inserting a carriage return between each for better readability.
The following conditions may cause an exception:
The path is not valid for one of the following reasons: it is a zero-length string, it contains only white space, it contains invalid characters, or it is a device path (starts with \\.\) (ArgumentException).
The path is not valid because it is
The file is in use by another process, or an I/O error occurs (IOException).
The path exceeds the system-defined maximum length (PathTooLongException).
A file or directory name in the path contains a colon (:) or is in an invalid format (NotSupportedException).
The user lacks necessary permissions to view the path (SecurityException).
The disk is full, and the call to
If you are running in a partial-trust context, the code might throw an exception due to insufficient privileges. For more information, see Code Access Security Basics.