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Finding the Path to the Desktop

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: Finding the Path to the Desktop.

Donald is writing a macro in which he needs to reference a user's desktop. However, the path to the desktop necessarily varies from system to system and user to user. He wonders what coding he can use to determine the path to the desktop regardless of system.

There are several ways to find the path to the desktop in VBA. One way is to call the Windows scripting host, in this manner:

Function GetDesktop() As String
    Dim oWSHShell As Object

    Set oWSHShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
    GetDesktop = oWSHShell.SpecialFolders("Desktop")
    Set oWSHShell = Nothing
End Function

Note that this is a user-defined macro that you can use either from the worksheet or from another macro. The use from the worksheet would be as follows:


Another way to determine the path to the desktop is to use the following line in your code:

sPath = Environ("USERPROFILE") & "\Desktop"

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (8233) 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: Finding the Path to the Desktop.

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Comments for this tip:

Mehdi    20 Aug 2016, 05:10
Fernando Romero    14 Oct 2015, 12:59
Good very usefull thnks guys
Keith    13 Oct 2015, 09:45
Awesome Tip!
Small issue. I needed to add an ending slash before adding the file name. But it was wonderful.

sPath = Environ("USERPROFILE") & "\Desktop\"
Calvin    09 Oct 2015, 07:26
Thanks Allen! Helped a lot
Carlos    06 Oct 2015, 15:41
Thanks from Brazil!
Daniel    21 Jul 2015, 15:01
I used this part:
sPath = Environ("USERPROFILE") & "\Desktop"

and it worked great for my devices! Thank you so much!
Diana    12 Nov 2014, 14:11
Just what I need :)


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