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Excel VBA: Define current workbook in VBA

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What VBA code would I need so that it will store the current workbooks name in a public variable. (Even after a "Save As...")

Here is what I am thinking of...

i.e. In a module I might have...
--->Public Current_Worksheet_Name as String

i.e. When the workbook opens I might have...
--->Current_Worksheet_Name = "Activeworkbook.name"


This is usually fine, but what if the user save's the worksheet under a different name while it is still open. i.e. user Goes to File--->Save As.... --->Name="NewWorksheetName"

In this case the public variable should update to: "NewWorksheetName"
BUT... there is not a after_SaveAs event in Excel 2003. Any ideas? hmmm...
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by:cyberkiwi
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The question is, why have a global variable that you have to keep updating?
These are already globally accessible:

ActiveWorkbook.Name    ' the currently active workbook
ThisWorkbook.Name   ' where the module lives

In what use case would you need to store that reference?
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by:ouestque
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i.e. if I have a form that has a button, when you press the button, the form does the following...

sheet1.cells(1,1) = "Hello World"

If the user has 2 sheets open. Opens the form, then moves focus to the new worksheet, with the code above the form will copy "Hello World" to the newly focused worksheet not the original worksheet it was intended for.

My resolution to this was to change my code above so that it will refer to the worksheet that the form belongs.

i.e. ("ExcelFile1.xls").sheet1.cells(1,1)= "Hello World"

This way it will always save "Hello World" to "ExcelFile1.xls" no matter what worksheet the user is looking at.

Nonetheless, this worksheet can change names if it is saved as something different, making this code not work.
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Rory Archibald earned 250 total points
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>>", with the code above the form will copy "Hello World" to the newly focused worksheet"

No, it won't, since you are using the code name of the sheet.
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by:cyberkiwi
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' ThisWorkbook.Name   ' where the module/form lives

This?

ThisWorkbook.sheets("Sheet1").cells(1,1)= "Hello World"
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by:ouestque
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rorya that is correct, but if user has both sheets open and the form is open, then the user goes to 'excelfile1.xls' and saves as... --'excelfile25314225.xls' the code will throw an error. this is because it will try to paste 'hello orld' to 'excelfile1.xls'. but 'excelfile1.xls'' is no longer open at this point. it is now called 'excelfile25314225' because user saved it as such.

my goal is to have a form that always pastes to the originating worksheet no matter what the user does to it and no matter what other workbooks have the focus. (i.e. saves under difft name.)
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by:Rory Archibald
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Again, no it won't, because you are referring to the sheet by codename (assuming that actually is your code; if not, this discussion is pointless) so it will always refer to the sheet in the workbook containing the code. You do not refer to the workbook name at all.
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by:Rory Archibald
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For clarity, I am referring to this:
sheet1.cells(1,1) = "Hello World"

which did not require changing.
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by:ouestque
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Shoot! I did not mean to close this question. Please award the people involved the appropriate points.
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by:ouestque
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I wanted to give points to rorya and cyberkiwi and make their comments the solution.

I did not want to make my own comment (ouestque) the solution. It was an accident.
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by:ouestque
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Rorya was correct! Thanks for the help!
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by:cyberkiwi
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> Rorya was correct!

You mean I wasn't :)
haha.. there's a reason why Rory is MVP *and* top Excel expert this year
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