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Get Excel Sheet Name from GetOpenFilename()

Posted on 2009-03-30
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What I want to do is:

Ask the user to select the file they want to pull the data out of.

What I can't do is get the name of the damn file they select so I can pull data from it.

The following is pretty simple it gets the open dialog to asks them what to open. If its open it asks them if they want to re-open it. If you select no at this point it skips to the next part. That part works great.

All I want to do now is get the name of the file that was selected so that I can copy paste the data out of it but I can't seem to get thet working. If you select "don't reopen" the file is not active so I can't use that little trick.

Thanks,

Haydan

Dim OpenFileName As Variant
Dim wBook As Workbook
Dim SampleReg As Workbook
On Error Resume Next ' if it stuffs out go to the next step
 
ActiveWorkbook = SampleReg
OpenFileName = Application.GetOpenFilename() 'Opens the File Dialog
    If OpenFileName = False Then Exit Sub 'If no file selected stop
Workbooks.Open (OpenFileName) 'works
OpenFileName.Activate
Databook = OpenFileName.Name
Range("P6") = OpenFileName
Workbooks(Databook).Activate

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by:Wayne Taylor (webtubbs)
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Hi Haydan,

Try something like the below code. It assigns the workbook to the 'wBook' variable to make referencing that workbook easier.

Regards,

Wayne
     Dim OpenFileName As Variant
     Dim wBook As Workbook
     Dim SampleReg As Workbook
     On Error Resume Next     ' if it stuffs out go to the next step 
     ActiveWorkbook = SampleReg
     OpenFileName = Application.GetOpenFilename()     'Opens the File Dialog
     If OpenFileName = False Then Exit Sub     'If no file selected stop
     Set wBook = Workbooks.Open(OpenFileName)
     wBook.Activate
     wBook.ActiveSheet.Range("P6") = OpenFileName

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by:Haydan
ID: 24025234
Nope still doesn't work, Here's a better explained code, its the last three lines I need help with. I just need to extract that damn file name! :)
     Dim OpenFileName As Variant
     Dim wBook As Workbook
     Dim SampleReg As Workbook
     On Error Resume Next                               'If it stuffs out go to the next step
     ActiveWorkbook = SampleReg                         'Sets the current workbook as the sampleregister
     OpenFileName = Application.GetOpenFilename()       'Opens the File Dialog for the person to select the file to open
     If OpenFileName = False Then Exit Sub              'If the person clicks cancel it stops
     Set wBook = Workbooks.Open(OpenFileName)           'The workbook has been selected and this get the name of that workbook
     wBook.Activate                                     'This should activate the workbook that was just opened (or was already open)
     SampleReg.ActiveSheet.Range("P6") = OpenFileName   'The file name should be put in this cell to show that its working

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by:Wayne Taylor (webtubbs)
ID: 24025250
To get the name of the newly opened workbook, use this....

     Set wBook = Workbooks.Open(OpenFileName)
     'there's no need to activate the workbook
     SampleReg.ActiveSheet.Range("P6") = wBook.Name

I assume 'SampleReg' as another workbook variable?

Wayne
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by:Haydan
ID: 24025755
Seems to work except when you don't open the workbook (i.e. its already open and you click don't reopen) but thats OK I'm getting really frustrated with this so I'll just tell people to make sure the file is shut or it won't work. It should be so simple!

I still can't seem to get the bloody thing to work though.

It seems to be getting to the last bit and thats as far as it gets. I need to copy data from the new workbooks (wBook) worksheet "UllB4" (is the sheets Codename - Sheets names get renamed so need to use code name.)
    Dim OpenFileName As Variant
    Dim wBook As Workbook
    Dim SampleReg As Workbook
'    On Error Resume Next                               'If it stuffs out go to the next step
     
    Set SampleReg = ActiveWorkbook                         'Sets the current workbook as the sampleregister
     
    OpenFileName = Application.GetOpenFilename()       'Opens the File Dialog for the person to select the file to open
     
    If OpenFileName = False Then Exit Sub              'If the person clicks cancel it stops
     
    Set wBook = Workbooks.Open(OpenFileName)           'Set the opened workbooks name
 
    Set SampleRegData = SampleReg.Worksheets("Data") 'Set the data page
 
wBook.UllB4.Range("X10:AH145").Copy 'Copy the data
    SampleRegData.Range("A2:AH145").PasteSpecial xlPasteValues

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Wayne Taylor (webtubbs) earned 125 total points
ID: 24025780
Instead of copying the data, try simply setting the values....

    SampleRegData.Range("A2:AH137").Value = wBook.UllB4.Range("X10:AH145").Value

And to get the workbook if it is already open, use this....

    On Error Resume Next
    Set wBook = Workbooks(Mid(OpenFileName, InStrRev(OpenFileName, "\") + 1))
    If wBook Is Nothing Then
        Set wBook = Workbooks.Open(OpenFileName)
    End If

Wayne
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by:Haydan
ID: 31564656
This all worked. Was getting a little sidetracked at the end so have closed this Q and opened a new one with regards to refering to codenames outside of the initial workbook.
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