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Posted on 2011-09-08
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I have used this code hundreds of times -- for some reason when I browse no files appear for selection. I verified that the folder contains spreadsheets and other files. Any ideas?

Thanks.
Public Function BrowseForFile()
    
    Dim fDialog As Office.FileDialog
    Dim varFile As Variant
    Dim strLinkToFile As String

    strLinkToFile = ""

   Set fDialog = Application.FileDialog(msoFileDialogFilePicker)
   With fDialog
      .AllowMultiSelect = False
      .Title = "Browse for Spreadsheet"
      .Filters.Clear
      .Filters.Add "Spreadsheets", "*.xls"
      .Filters.Add "All Files", "*.*"
      If .Show = True Then
         For Each varFile In .SelectedItems
            strLinkToFile = varFile
            LinkExcelSpreadsheet (strLinkToFile)
         Next
      Else
         Exit Function
      End If
   End With
   
End Function

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by:Ei0914
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Seems like it wants me to pick a folder - not a file.
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by:mbizup
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It works perfectly for me.

However, it DOES filter things down to only .XLS files.

If this is not your intent, then remove this line:

>>>        .Filters.Add "Spreadsheets", "*.xls"
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by:Rey Obrero
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try doing a compact and repair
from VBA window do a DEBUG > Compile
correct any errors raised

your code looks ok
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by:peter57r
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Works fine here.

I suggest you copy the code to a new module and delete it from its current module and then compile and try again.
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by:mbizup
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Just a thought...

Are your spreadsheets .xls files or .xlsx ?

Again, your code flters to exclude files other than .xls files.

If you don't have any .xls files, your code will cause the browse window to display exactly what you described (folders only).
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by:Ei0914
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I did as suggested above. Still getting it --

See attached. It's wacky.
BrowseError.doc
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by:mbizup
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What happens if you manually remove the "Temp" from the filename box in the file dialog?

(I'm not sure where the code you posted would be getting 'Temp')
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by:Rey Obrero
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are you sure you are on the same path as the one which shows the .xls file?

click on the Look In drop down to verify..

also try to browse other directories..
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by:Nick67
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I'll agree with @mbizup.
How and why you are getting TEMP in the filename box is what's queering it up.
Manually clear that, and move up a level / down a level and you should be good.

But now, where is TEMP coming from?
It's not from the code
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by:mbizup
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Explaining my comment at http:#a36503972... according to the picture you posted, it is looking for Temp.xls, and from the lower image it is not there.

If you remove the 'Temp' from the filename box, it should show all .xls files.

If you manually remove 'Temp' from the filename box, you'll have to click outside of the filename box for that change to be reflected in the filtered files.
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That did it! Where is that "Temp" coming from???
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by:mbizup
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<Where is that "Temp" coming from??? >

That's the mystery!

It does not look like it is coming from the code you posted.

Is the code in your original post *exactly* (a copy/paste of) what you have in this part of your database?

If you post your database (remove any sensitive data), we can take a look and see if it might be coming from somewhere else in your database...
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by:mbizup
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Or just a database file with just the form, code, etc  necessary to illustrate this issue.
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As a stopgap --since we don't know where TEMP is coming from -- you could force it to not have an initial value

Public Function BrowseForFile()
   
    Dim fDialog As Office.FileDialog
    Dim varFile As Variant
    Dim strLinkToFile As String

    strLinkToFile = ""

   Set fDialog = Application.FileDialog(msoFileDialogFilePicker)
   With fDialog
      .AllowMultiSelect = False
      .Title = "Browse for Spreadsheet"
      .InitialFileName =""
      .Filters.Clear
      .Filters.Add "Spreadsheets", "*.xls"
      .Filters.Add "All Files", "*.*"
      If .Show = True Then
         For Each varFile In .SelectedItems
            strLinkToFile = varFile
            LinkExcelSpreadsheet (strLinkToFile)
         Next
      Else
         Exit Function
      End If
   End With
   
End Function

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by:Ei0914
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Code is exact. The only thing named Temp is a temp table. Why that'd make a difference is odd.

I haven't tied the code to any form yet -- just working in a module right now.

I searched for "TEMP" in the code, and it's nowhere to be found.

I wonder if it's some Windows thing??
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by:Ei0914
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This did the trick!!!


--->>>        .InitialFileName = ""
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by:Ei0914
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Thanks everyone!!! Learned something new.
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by:Nick67
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It is weird that it puts TEMP in there unless you forced it to have nothing.
And that this is the only instance where the code does so.

But if you got it going, great

Going forward, I'd maybe change this line
.Filters.Add "Spreadsheets", "*.xls"

to

.Filters.Add "Spreadsheets", "*.xls*"

That way you cover xls, xlsm, and xlsx files
Sooner or later those are going to start showing up in your operation!
:)
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