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Changing Directories in a Macro

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 23, 2014)

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VBA provides a very rich programming environment. You can do many things with macro code that you cannot necessarily do using the menus of Excel. For instance, you may want to change the current directory in the middle of a macro. This may be necessary in order to find a particular file or to do some other file-oriented task. VBA provides the ChDir command to change directories. The syntax is as follows:

ChDir DirName

where DirName is the full pathname of the directory to which you want to change. If you do not use a string variable to specify the directory name, then DirName must be enclosed in quotes. If the directory name you supply does not exist, the command fails with an error.

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ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2472) 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: Changing Directories 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 8 + 7?

2015-02-21 06:20:30

Jeremy

Allen,

Is there a way to use this command to go up one level in the folder structure from the present folder?

And is there a way to go up one level from a relative path such as:
Application.NormalTemplate.Path ?

Or is there a better way to do both of these things?

Jeremy


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