How to Run Macro on a List of Workbooks

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If I am running a macro from a certain workbook in which I have a list of other Excel workbooks (including filepath), is there are way to run a macro to be executed for all of the listed workbooks?  An example list would be:


Let us say that this list will vary in length, and will always be in Sheet1, column A of the macro-bearing workbook.  I want a macro to call the process to be executed for each of these files.  Let's call this other macro/process "FileProcess."

I have a macro that will loop through all files in a folder and run the FileProcess macro, but that is not what I want, because I want flexibility about what files to process, and from what location:

Public Sub Loop()
   Dim Filename As String
   Dim SourceWorkbook As Workbook
   Dim SourceWorksheet As Worksheet
   'Change below to suit
   Const Folder = "C:\Files"
   Filename = Dir(Folder & "\*.XLSX")
   Do While Filename <> ""
      Workbooks.Open Folder & "\" & Filename
      ActiveWorkbook.Close True
      Filename = Dir
End Sub

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NorieAnalyst Assistant

You could add a reference to the workbook(s) you are opening like this and then use it in the rest of the code.
Set wbProcess = Workbooks.Open (Folder & "\" & Filename)

' FileProcess using wbProcess to workbook being processed

wbProcess.Close True

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Actually, just reread the question.

If you want to read the filenames from a list.
Dim rng As Range
Dim strFileName As String

Set rng = ThisWorkbook.Worksheets("Sheet1").Range("A1")

While rng.Value <> ""

       strFileName = rng.Value
       Set wbProcess = Workbooks.Open(strFilename)
       ' FileProcess
       wbProcess.Close True
       Set rng = rng.Offset(1)

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This worked for me - thank you!

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