Loop Through All Excel Files In A Given Folder
What This VBA Code Does
This VBA macro will let you select a folder path and loop through each of the Excel files in the folder. The following macro code
- Opens each Excel file within the user-selected folder
- Performs a task
- Saves the file
- Closes the workbook
This VBA code can save a ton of time if you need to make simple formatting changes to a slew of Excel files!
Sub LoopAllExcelFilesInFolder() 'PURPOSE: To loop through all Excel files in a user specified folder and perform a set task on them 'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com Dim wb As Workbook Dim myPath As String Dim myFile As String Dim myExtension As String Dim FldrPicker As FileDialog 'Optimize Macro Speed Application.ScreenUpdating = False Application.EnableEvents = False Application.Calculation = xlCalculationManual 'Retrieve Target Folder Path From User Set FldrPicker = Application.FileDialog(msoFileDialogFolderPicker) With FldrPicker .Title = "Select A Target Folder" .AllowMultiSelect = False If .Show <> -1 Then GoTo NextCode myPath = .SelectedItems(1) & "\" End With 'In Case of Cancel NextCode: myPath = myPath If myPath = "" Then GoTo ResetSettings 'Target File Extension (must include wildcard "*") myExtension = "*.xls*" 'Target Path with Ending Extention myFile = Dir(myPath & myExtension) 'Loop through each Excel file in folder Do While myFile <> "" 'Set variable equal to opened workbook Set wb = Workbooks.Open(Filename:=myPath & myFile) 'Ensure Workbook has opened before moving on to next line of code DoEvents 'Change First Worksheet's Background Fill Blue wb.Worksheets(1).Range("A1:Z1").Interior.Color = RGB(51, 98, 174) 'Save and Close Workbook wb.Close SaveChanges:=True 'Ensure Workbook has closed before moving on to next line of code DoEvents 'Get next file name myFile = Dir Loop 'Message Box when tasks are completed MsgBox "Task Complete!" ResetSettings: 'Reset Macro Optimization Settings Application.EnableEvents = True Application.Calculation = xlCalculationAutomatic Application.ScreenUpdating = True End Sub
Using VBA Code Found On The Internet
Now that you’ve found some VBA code that could potentially solve your Excel automation problem, what do you do with it? If you don’t necessarily want to learn how to code VBA and are just looking for the fastest way to implement this code into your spreadsheet, I wrote an article (with video) that explains how to get the VBA code you’ve found running on your spreadsheet.
Getting Started Automating Excel
Are you new to VBA and not sure where to begin? Check out my quickstart guide to learning VBA. This article won’t overwhelm you with fancy coding jargon, as it provides you with a simplistic and straightforward approach to the basic things I wish I knew when trying to teach myself how to automate tasks in Excel with VBA Macros.
Also, if you haven’t checked out Excel’s latest automation feature called Power Query, I have put together a beginner’s guide for automating with Excel’s Power Query feature as well! This little-known built-in Excel feature allows you to merge and clean data automatically with little to no coding!
How Do I Modify This To Fit My Specific Needs?
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I wish you the best of luck and I hope this tutorial gets you heading in the right direction!
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