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Renaming a File

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Renaming a File.

Your macros can rename a file by using the Name command. This is a holdover from other versions of BASIC. The syntax is:

Name OldFile As NewFile

where OldFile is the name of the old file, and NewFile is the name of the new file. Both filenames must either be string variables or be enclosed in quotes. Both filenames can contain complete path names, but both must be on the same disk drive. If the path names differ, then the command also has the side benefit of moving the file from one directory to another.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2364) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Renaming a File.

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Don    01 Apr 2014, 13:00
Very helpful. I had been doing this with two commands, FileCopy and Kill.

As a word of warning, the Name command (like FileCopy & Kill) will result in Run-time error '75' if the file is currently open.

If the need is to rename an open workbook(meaning the file with the old name or in the old directory no longer exists), then I suggest using the following
<file>.SaveAs FileName:=<newdir\newfilename>
Kill <olddir\oldfilename>
 
 

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