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vba – Excel VB to loop around folder and run macro

Posted by: admin May 14, 2020 Leave a comment


I tried this code and seems like it’s not working. Can anyone tell me why?

Sub ProcessFiles()
    Dim Filename, Pathname As String
    Dim wb As Workbook

    Pathname = ActiveWorkbook.Path & "C:\Macro\"
    Filename = Dir(Pathname & "*.xls")
    Do While Filename <> ""
        Set wb = Workbooks.Open(Pathname & Filename)
        DoWork wb
        wb.Close SaveChanges:=True
        Filename = Dir()
End Sub

Sub DoWork(wb As Workbook)
    With wb
        ActiveCell.FormulaR1C1 = "Name"
        ActiveCell.FormulaR1C1 = "Anil"
    End With
End Sub
How to&Answers:

I’ve found 2 areas of concern. First,

Pathname = ActiveWorkbook.Path & “C:\Macro\”

This will return something similar to “C:\Users\ [USER NAME] \ [FILELOCATION]C:\Macro\” (This was my output C:\Users\Developer\DesktopC:\Macro\”)

An easy way to check this is to place

MsgBox Pathname


Pathname = ActiveWorkbook.Path & “C:\Macro\”


Pathname = ActiveWorkbook.Path & “C:\Macro\”

MsgBox Pathname

and run the code. This will show you the Pathname which is the main issue. If the excel files you plan to open/modify are in the same directory as the ActiveWorkbook, this will work fine

Pathname = ActiveWorkbook.Path & “\”

(remove Msgbox Pathname when you are done.)

The second area of concern is the Do While Loop. You currently have it set to only do the loop if the Filename is not equal to “”. However, when you enter the loop, you set Filename to “” with Filename = Dir(). If you do not plan to iterate through the folder, you can use a single IF statement. If you do plan to iterate through the folder, continue with the Do While statement but the Filename = Dir() will need to be modified eventually.

Hope that helps.


This is probably your issue:

Pathname = ActiveWorkbook.Path & "C:\Macro\"

ActiveWorkbook.Path already returns C:\YourPathToWorkbook so your Pathname is probably something like:


You should step through the code with F8 and hover over the variables when they are highlighted in yellow.