Microsoft Excel: How to Automate Text File Links

If you choose delimited, the second step in the wizard will look like Figure 5, from which you can choose from standard delimiters or enter a delimiter of your choice, such as the pipe symbol in the Other field. Despite the misleading width of the Other field, you can only place a single character in this field. 
Figure 5: If you selected Delimited in Step 1 of the Text Import Wizard, you select your delimiter in Step 2.
Alternatively, if you choose fixed width, the second screen in the wizard will look like Figure 6. Excel will attempt to automatically position breaks between each column. You can reposition these column breaks by dragging them left or right. Double-click on a break to remove it or click once between two fields to insert a column break.
Figure 6: If you selected fixed width in Step 1 of the Text Import Wizard, you can set field widths in Step 2.

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