version (12.6 MB) by Stuart McGarrity
App to read large text files


Updated 1 Sep 2016

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Note: Does not work in release 2014a or later. For these releases use the built-in MATLAB "Import Tool" accessed by selecting "Import Data..." from the current folder window.
Textscantool is an interactive app to read large text files with delimited data. The tool lets you specify which columns to read and what data types to use. It can also generate the MATLAB code to carry out the same task programmatically. There is a video tutorial for this tool in the directory that comes with this submission. Unzip the files to the current directory or somewhere on your path.

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Stuart McGarrity (2022). Textscantool (https://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/16075-textscantool), MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2007a
Compatible with any release
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