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Easily Changing the Default Drive and Directory

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: Easily Changing the Default Drive and Directory.

In other issues of ExcelTips you learned how you can use VBA to switch the current drive and directory. In short, you can change drive and directory as follows:

MyDrive = "E:"
MyFolder = "\MyDocs\ThisFolder\"
ChDrive MyDrive
ChDir MyFolder

When done, the current directory will be E:\MyDocs\ThisFolder\. VBA provides a handy shortcut that allows you to easily specify both the drive and directory using the same information. Consider the following:

MyPath = "E:\MyDocs\ThisFolder\"
ChDrive MyPath
ChDir MyPath

This code contains one less line (and one less variable), but it does the same thing. VBA, when executing the ChDrive command, only pays attention to the drive letter in a path. This allows you to easily set the single variable to your path, and then use it when both setting drives and directories.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2547) 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: Easily Changing the Default Drive and Directory.

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Comments for this tip:

jim K    15 Mar 2016, 20:34
neither does
ChDir SaveAs1
where Saveas1 is the path I want to be default
jim K    15 Mar 2016, 20:33
I am trying to get a word macro to create an excel file and save it in a directory that is not the default save path for excel or word.
The creation works fine, but for the life of me, I can not seem to change the default directory.

From everything I read this
sFileSaveName = objExcel.Application.GetSaveAsFilename(InitialFileName:=saveasfile)

should do it, but it does not. It still opens up the Mydocuments (my default) path, not the one set in saveasfile.

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