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fprintf to word file with red text

Asked by Tyler Murray on 20 Oct 2016
Latest activity Commented on by Jan
on 22 Oct 2016
I am using fprintf to write to a text file. Since a text file only displays plain text I was looking to see about printing to Microsoft word and putting failed text in red. I know you can do fprintf(2, 'string') and the text will appear red in the command window. But when you write to a specific file such as MyFile, fprintf(2, MyFile, 'string') errors out. Is there a certain format to do this? Thanks.


Chaya N
on 20 Oct 2016
Try an excel file instead(?)
While you may not be able to write in color into your file, you could probably add an extra comments column (with 'o' for successful and 'x' for failed data) or always mark it up in color later.
Chaya N
on 21 Oct 2016
I believe the syntax you are using for the fprintf command is wrong. Please look it up here .

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Answer by KSSV
on 22 Oct 2016
Edited by Jan
on 22 Oct 2016

fileID = fopen('myfile.txt','w');
str='I love Matlab';

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on 22 Oct 2016
The detail "Microsoft word and putting failed text in red" is missing in this answer.

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Answer by Walter Roberson
on 22 Oct 2016

There is no way to output colored text to a plain text file.
Outputting data that Microsoft Word will interpret as indicating something with red text may be practical.
  • you could output RTF (Rich Text Format)
  • you could use ActiveX to connect to Word and give it the necessary commands to insert text, select part of it, and color the selection.


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