I want to read this text file from Matlab directly and want to import data of all columns into work space in an array.

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fid = fopen('1.txt');
a = textscan(fid,'%s%s%s%s%s%s%s','Delimiter','','Headerlines',4);

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 5 Oct 2016
Your file appears to contain 10 lines. You ask to skip the first 4, which would leave 6. You then ask to read 7 lines. You are going to have difficulty with the 7th value.

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Jeremy Hughes
Jeremy Hughes on 5 Oct 2016
I suggest the 'CollectOutput' parameter
fid = fopen('1.txt');
a = textscan(fid, '%s%s%s%s%s%s%s', 'Delimiter', '', 'Headerlines', 4, 'CollectOutput', true);
lines = a{1};
Also, if you're trying to read just lines, this will work:
fid = fopen('1.txt');
a = textscan(fid, '%[^\r\n]', 'EndOfLine', '\r\n', 'Headerlines', 4, 'Delimiter', '','Whitespace','');
lines = a{1};
Your first code might work for the file you have, but the second block is a more robust version for line reading if you have leading spaces, or if you want to capture empty lines.

Wei-Rong Chen
Wei-Rong Chen on 5 Oct 2016
Edited: Walter Roberson on 6 Oct 2016
It will be much easier if you use 'readtable' function. For example:
dataTable = readtable('1.txt','Delimiter',your_delimiter,'ReadVariableNames',set_true_if_first_row_is_VarNames);
num_array = table2array(dataTable(:,1:7));
Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 5 Oct 2016
If you use
t = readtable('1.txt', 'format', '%{yy-MM-dd}D%{HH:mm}D%f%f%f%f%f');
timestamps = t.Var2 - dateshift(t.Var2, 'begin', 'day') + t.Var1;
This takes into account several arcane behaviours of datetime objects.

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