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Posted on 2009-05-20
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I'm trying to access a file, but can't do it with a relative path.
If I use an absolute path, e.g.
excelFileSource = "C:\\My Documents\\myDirectory\\myFile.xls"
then it works, but I need to do it with a relative path.
How can I accomplish this?

Dim excelFileSource As String
excelFileSource = "myDirectory\\myFile.xls"
 
Set excelApplication = GetObject(, "Excel.Application")
If Err = 429 Then
    Set excelApplication = CreateObject("Excel.Application")
End If
 
Set excelWorkbookSource = excelApplication.Workbooks.Open(excelFileSource)

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depends on what you are using the vb in but in access 2000 or greater  try using CurrentProject.FullName and that should give you the full path the file then you would just use that string to get the current path and then use it as a variable.

or the curdir works for the drive.

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by:David Lee
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Hi, allelopath.

A relative path is relative to your current location on disk.  Based on the code you posted it's impossible to tell what the current path is.  Unless you launched the VB app from "C:\My Documents", then you can't use a relative path like the one you gave.  If you did launch the VB app from My Documents, then something like this should work

excelFileSource = App.Path & "\myDirectory\myFile.xls"
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by:allelopath
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I ended up using ThisWorkbook.path
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