QueryTable.TextFileDecimalSeparator property (Excel)

Returns or sets the decimal separator character that Microsoft Excel uses when you import a text file into a query table. The default is the system decimal separator character. Read/write String.



expression A variable that represents a QueryTable object.


Use this property only when your query table is based on data from a text file (with the QueryType property set to xlTextImport) when the file contains decimal and thousands separators that are different from those used on the computer due to a different language setting being used.

The following table shows the results when you import text into Microsoft Excel by using various separators. Numeric results are displayed in the rightmost column.

System decimal separator System thousands separator TextFileDecimalSeparator value TextFileThousandsSeparator value Text imported Cell value (data type)
Period Comma Comma Period 123.123,45 123,123.45 (numeric)
Period Comma Comma Comma 123.123,45 123.123,45 (text)
Comma Period Comma Period 123,123.45 123,123.45 (numeric)
Period Comma Period Comma 123 123.45 123 123.45 (text)
Period Comma Period Space 123 123.45 123,123.45 (numeric)

If you import data by using the user interface, data from a web query or a text query is imported as a QueryTable object, while all other external data is imported as a ListObject object.

If you import data by using the object model, data from a web query or a text query must be imported as a QueryTable, while all other external data can be imported as either a ListObject or a QueryTable.

The TextFileDecimalSeparator property applies only to QueryTable objects.


This example saves the original decimal separator and sets it to a comma for the first query table on Sheet1 in preparation for importing a French text file (for example) into the U.S. English version of Microsoft Excel.

strDecSep = Worksheets("Sheet1").QueryTables(1) _ 
Worksheets("Sheet1").QueryTables(1) _ 
 .TextFileDecimalSeparator = ","

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