Write Excel file to text file with any delimiter

When we save a csv file in Excel then we can only use comma as the delimiter. This is somehow frustrated.

I have created a small code to output the Excel file to any delimiter.

static void ReadExcel(String strFileName,int RowCount, int ColCount, string strDelimiter)


  //Write to text

  StreamWriter sw = newStreamWriter(@”c:\Test.txt”);

  String strCell = “”;

  int col;


  Object Opt = Missing.Value;

  Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Application app = new Application(); //= new Excel.Application();

  //Declare Workbook

  Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Workbook book;


  //Excel.Worksheet sheet;

  Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Worksheet xlsSheet;

  Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Range oRng;


  //Open Spreadsheet

  book = app.Workbooks.Open(strFileName, Opt, Opt, Opt, Opt, Opt, Opt, Opt, Opt, Opt, Opt, Opt, Opt, Opt, Opt);


  //Take the first sheet

  xlsSheet = (Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Worksheet)book.Sheets[1];


  //Read the first cell

  oRng = (Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Range)xlsSheet.Cells[1, 1];


  for (int row = 0; row < RowCount; row++)


    strCell = “”;

    for (col = 0; col < ColCount; col++)


      oRng = (Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Range)xlsSheet.Cells[row+1, col+1];

      if (col < ColCount-1)


        strCell = strCell + oRng.Text.ToString() + strDelimiter;




        strCell = strCell + oRng.Text.ToString();



    //Write to text file








  book.Close(false, false, Missing.Value);



The limitation for this is it always start will A1. Feel free to change it.


Download the complete code from http://skydrive.live.com. The sample file name is ConAppExcelDelimiter.rar. My MSN ID is chanmmn@hotmail.com.

About chanmingman

Since March 2011 Microsoft Live Spaces migrated to Wordpress (http://www.pcworld.com/article/206455/Microsoft_Live_Spaces_Moves_to_WordPress_An_FAQ.html) till now, I have is over 1 million viewers. This blog is about more than 50% telling you how to resolve error messages, especial for Microsoft products. The blog also has a lot of guidance teaching you how to get stated certain Microsoft technologies. The blog also uses as a help to keep my memory. The blog is never meant to give people consulting services or silver bullet solutions. It is a contribution to the community. Thanks for your support over the years. Ming Man is Microsoft MVP since year 2006. He is a software development manager for a multinational company. With 25 years of experience in the IT field, he has developed system using Clipper, COBOL, VB5, VB6, VB.NET, Java and C #. He has been using Visual Studio (.NET) since the Beta back in year 2000. He and the team have developed many projects using .NET platform such as SCM, and HR based applications. He is familiar with the N-Tier design of business application and is also an expert with database experience in MS SQL, Oracle and AS 400.
This entry was posted in .Net and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to Write Excel file to text file with any delimiter

  1. Pingback: C# Open Excel with Read Only access | Chanmingman's Blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.