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: Creating a Directory in a Macro.

Creating a Directory in a Macro

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 8, 2014)


If you need to, you can create a disk-drive directory (folder) using VBA. This is done with the MkDir command, and is a remnant from the same command in earlier versions of BASIC. The syntax is:

MkDir DirName

where DirName is the full pathname of the directory you want to create. If you do not use a string variable to specify the directory name, then DirName must be enclosed in quotes. You might want to use this command if you want to create a directory where you can store temporary files you are building with your macro.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2462) 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: Creating a Directory in a Macro.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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What is 5 + 9?

2014-02-08 20:54:40

David Ruben

This works provided the folder does not already exist, if it does then an error is generated: "Run time error '75': Path/File access error"
To prevent this first check if the folder already exists using the DIR function. This permits searches on a wildcard, but we will be specific, and returns the folder name if found, otherwise an empty string.

If Dir(DirName, vbDirectory) = "" Then MkDir DirName

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