Get file name

Posted on 2003-10-23
Last Modified: 2011-04-14
Good Afternoon!
I have lot of files in a folder which I need to transfer their names to a TXT or Excel file. How do I do it without coping their names manually (one by one)?
I appreciate your help.

best regards,
Question by:bsamaan
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Expert Comment

ID: 9608166
Look at the Dir Function in VB help

Expert Comment

ID: 9608275
Somethis like this is what I had in mind

Private Sub Form_Load()
    MsgBox ListFiles("C:\")
End Sub

Public Function ListFiles(ByVal strPath As String) As String
    Dim strWork As String
    Dim strReturn As String
    If Right(strPath, 1) <> "\" Then strPath = strPath & "\"
    strWork = Dir(strPath, vbNormal + vbDirectory)
    Do While strWork <> ""   ' Start the loop.
        ' Ignore the current directory and the encompassing directory.
        If strWork <> "." And strWork <> ".." Then
            ' Use bitwise comparison to make sure MyName is a directory.
            If (GetAttr(strPath & strWork) And vbDirectory) = vbDirectory Then
                strReturn = strReturn & "[" & strWork & "]" & vbCrLf
                strReturn = strReturn & strWork & vbCrLf
            End If
        End If
        strWork = Dir   ' Get next entry.
    ListFiles = strReturn
End Function

Expert Comment

ID: 9608283
You could save the returned string to a file or work with it as you need.
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Accepted Solution

Dang123 earned 250 total points
ID: 9608310
If this is a one shot, you could also just use a DOS command like this to get a listing into a text file

dir /b > c:\list.txt

(This works on Win2000, if you have problems with the /b on your system, remove it.)

Expert Comment

ID: 9608327
If you just need a text file, you can use this command at a DOS prompt:


The the DIRCONTENTS.TXT file will contain your list. The /B parameter means 'bare' so it dumps the file names and nothing else.

For doing it in VB, look into the FileSystemObject. It allows you to open a folder and then loop through its contents:

    Dim FSO As New FileSystemObject
    Dim MyFolder As Folder
    Dim MyFile As File
    Set MyFolder = FSO.GetFolder("C:\Folder Name")
    For Each MyFile In MyFolder.Files
        'Now you have access to all kinds of information about the
        'files in the folder including the file name
        Debug.Print MyFile.Name

Here's a link with all the info about the FileSystemObject:

Hope it helps!

Expert Comment

ID: 9608341
I forgot to mention, you'll need to add a reference to "Microsoft Scripting Runtime" to use the FileSystemObject.

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