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DoCmd.TransferText Method

Office 2007
The TransferText method carries out the TransferText action in Visual Basic.


expression.TransferText(TransferType, SpecificationName, TableName, FileName, HasFieldNames, HTMLTableName, CodePage)

expression   A variable that represents a DoCmd object.


NameRequired/OptionalData TypeDescription
TransferTypeOptionalAcTextTransferTypeThe type of transfer you want to make. You can import data from, export data to, or link to data in delimited or fixed-width text files or HTML files. The default value is acImportDelim. Only acImportDelim, acImportFixed, acExportDelim, acExportFixed, or acExportMerge transfer types are supported in a Microsoft Access project (.adp).
SpecificationNameOptionalVariantA string expression that's the name of an import or export specification you've created and saved in the current database. For a fixed-width text file, you must either specify an argument or use a schema.ini file, which must be stored in the same folder as the imported, linked, or exported text file. To create a schema file, you can use the text import/export wizard to create the file. For delimited text files and Microsoft Word mail merge data files, you can leave this argument blank to select the default import/export specifications.
TableNameOptionalVariantA string expression that's the name of the Microsoft Access table you want to import text data to, export text data from, or link text data to, or the Microsoft Access query whose results you want to export to a text file.
FileNameOptionalVariantA string expression that's the full name, including the path, of the text file you want to import from, export to, or link to.
HasFieldNamesOptionalVariantUse True (–1) to use the first row of the text file as field names when importing, exporting, or linking. Use False (0) to treat the first row of the text file as normal data. If you leave this argument blank, the default (False) is assumed. This argument is ignored for Microsoft Word mail merge data files, which must always contain the field names in the first row.
HTMLTableNameOptionalVariantA string expression that's the name of the table or list in the HTML file that you want to import or link. This argument is ignored unless the transfertype argument is set to acImportHTML or acLinkHTML. If you leave this argument blank, the first table or list in the HTML file is imported or linked. The name of the table or list in the HTML file is determined by the text specified by the <CAPTION> tag, if there's a <CAPTION> tag. If there's no <CAPTION> tag, the name is determined by the text specified by the <TITLE> tag. If more than one table or list has the same name, Microsoft Access distinguishes them by adding a number to the end of each table or list name; for example, Employees1 and Employees2.
CodePageOptionalVariantA Long value indicating the character set of the code page.


You can use the TransferText method to import or export text between the current Microsoft Access database or Access project (.adp) and a text file. You can also link the data in a text file to the current Access database. With a linked text file, you can view the text data with Access while still allowing complete access to the data from your word processing program. You can also import from, export to, and link to a table or list in an HTML file (*.html).

You can export the data in Access select queries to text files. Access exports the result set of the query, treating it just like a table.


The following example exports the data from the Microsoft Access table External Report to the delimited text file April.doc by using the specification Standard Output:

Visual Basic for Applications
DoCmd.TransferText acExportDelim, "Standard Output", _
    "External Report", "C:\Txtfiles\April.doc"

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