Close a .CSV File when the name of the file changes daily

Posted on 2014-03-10
Last Modified: 2014-03-11
Hello Experts,

I am trying to cut down on the amount of effort I have to do in getting files into a directory, changing their name and then automatically importing the file data into a Excel spreadsheet.

Each day I get a file called Unsuccessful_Account_Validation[previous days date], for example Unsuccessful_Account_Validation_Mar_10_2014.  I can get the file by using vPath = Application.GetOpenFilename("CSV (Comma Delimited) (*.csv),*.csv"

But because the file name is dynamic I cannot close the file using  Windows(filename.csv").Activate

Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated.

Question by:Sonia Bowditch
  • 4
  • 2
LVL 39

Expert Comment

ID: 39918376
How about

dim wbkCSV as workbook
vPath = Application.GetOpenFilename("CSV (Comma Delimited) (*.csv),*.csv"
'do your stuff here


Open in new window

LVL 25

Expert Comment

ID: 39918387
If the data is a CSV and the same format every day and comes without headers, I'd change it from .xls to a simple .CSV and append the data to the CSV file.

So Example:
MainFile.csv                     (Excel and LibreOffice or any spreadsheet can read this)


From the commandline
Type NewFileWhateverName.CSV >> MainFile.csv

the >> will concatenate (append the data in NewFileWhateverName.CSV to MainFile.csv

You can then open that file...or not, but the data will be there.

Author Comment

by:Sonia Bowditch
ID: 39918421
Hello nutsch,

Thanks for getting back to me so quickly.  

I can't get it to work.  For some reason it falls over at  The message I get is 'Object doesn't support this property or method'.

Announcing the Most Valuable Experts of 2016

MVEs are more concerned with the satisfaction of those they help than with the considerable points they can earn. They are the types of people you feel privileged to call colleagues. Join us in honoring this amazing group of Experts.


Author Comment

by:Sonia Bowditch
ID: 39918427
Hello SStory,

The .CSV files I get each day are imported into Excel for further formatting and analysis.  

LVL 39

Accepted Solution

nutsch earned 500 total points
ID: 39918723
My bad, try instead


Author Comment

by:Sonia Bowditch
ID: 39919948
Hello Nutsch,

I am getting an object required error when it hits:-

wbkCSV = Workbooks.Open(vPath)


Author Closing Comment

by:Sonia Bowditch
ID: 39920339
Thanks Nutsch,

I did a bit of fiddling with my code and got it to work.

Thank you so much.


Featured Post

Free Tool: Subnet Calculator

The subnet calculator helps you design networks by taking an IP address and network mask and returning information such as network, broadcast address, and host range.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

In this article we discuss how to recover the missing Outlook 2011 for Mac data like Emails and Contacts manually.
Excel can be a tricky bit of software to get your head around. Whilst you’ll be able to eventually get to grips with the basic understanding of how to get by, there are a few Excel tips that not everybody will even know about let alone know how to d…
Excel styles will make formatting consistent and let you apply and change formatting faster. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to use Excel's built-in styles, how to modify styles, and how to create your own. You'll also learn how to use your custo…
Many functions in Excel can make decisions. The most simple of these is the IF function: it returns a value depending on whether a condition you describe is true or false. Once you get the hang of using the IF function, you will find it easier to us…

829 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question