Clear All Occurences of Extra White Space

This function clears all occurences of extra white space (spaces, tabs, blank lines) and programming comments beginning with ‘;’ in a file and saves the cleaned file as another file.

It uses the following I/P arguments:

  • The inbuilt Ltrim and Rtrim functions can remove spaces only on the sides but not internal ones. This function can also remove the extra internal spaces.
  • Filepath of the file to be cleaned
  • Filepath of the cleaned file to be saved

You can use the Loop and Replace function to find all adjacent spaces ” ” and replace them with single spaces ” “. Keep doing this until the entire string becomes proper.

'Sub for clearing WhiteSpacesSub ClearSpace(withSpace As String, withoutSpace As String)If withSpace = withoutSpace Then  MsgBox "Both Files Same", vbCritical, "Error:"  Exit SubEnd IfDim fs As ObjectDim tmpWhiteSpace As ObjectDim tmpFile As ObjectDim var_txt As StringDim pos As LongSet fs = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")Set tmpWhiteSpace = fs.OpenTextFile(withSpace, 1)Set tmpFile = fs.CreateTextFile(withoutSpace, True)Do While (Not tmpWhiteSpace.AtEndOfStream)  var_txt = tmpWhiteSpace.readLine    'Remove comments that begin with ';'  pos = InStr(1, var_txt, ";", vbTextCompare)  If pos <> 0 Then     var_txt = Left(var_txt, pos - 1)  End If    'Remove Internal Extra White Spaces  While var_txt <> Replace(var_txt, "  ", " ", 1, -1, vbTextCompare)    var_txt = Replace(var_txt, "  ", " ", 1, -1, vbTextCompare)  Wend  'For removing all the spaces at the ends  var_txt = LTrim(RTrim(var_txt))   If (var_txt <> "") Then     tmpFile.WriteLine var_txt  End IfLooptmpWhiteSpace.ClosetmpFile.Close 'Closes and Saves the contentsEnd Sub
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