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macos – How can I install/use "Scripting.FileSystemObject" in Excel 2010 for MAC?

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment


I am using Excel for Mac 2011 which has VBA version 14.0.

I am trying to use this code which accesses the file system, which I know works on Windows:

Function qfil_GetDirectory(strDirectoryName As String)

    Dim objFSO As Variant
    Dim objDirectory As Variant

    Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
    Set objDirectory = objFSO.GetFolder(strDirectoryName)
    Set qfil_GetDirectory = objDirectory

End Function

However, when I run it in Excel for Mac 2011, it gives me this error:

Run-time error 429 Object creation
with ActiveX component not possible

To fix this on Windows, I know I have to just reference a specific DLL under tools.

However on the Mac, when I go under tools | references it only gives me these:

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And none of them allow me to use Scripting.FileSystemObject.

What do I have to do in Excel 2011 for Mac so that I can use Scripting.FileSystemObject to read files from the hard drive from an Excel sheet via VBA?

How to&Answers:

To my knowledge, this approach won’t be valid on Mac, as the external library doesnt exist.

Don’t know Office 11 VBA, but the Dir() function works accross platforms for ’03.


Mac doesn’t support ActiveX (it’s a Windows technology), so you can’t create the Scripting.FileSystemObject; it doesn’t exist. (Even if it did, it’s based on FAT32 or NTFS file systems, so it wouldn’t work on OS X anyway.)


If you’re just trying to enumerate all the files in a folder, Codematic have a pretty good VBA module which should work fine on the Mac. It’s not free, though.


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