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Hi,

I have this formula:

VLOOKUP(A1,'C:\[file.xlsx]ExportWorksheet'!$A$1:$B$65536,2,FALSE)

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I want other users to download the file.xlsx and have it in whatever folder they want. Using VBA I can get a current folder and put it in another cell like this:

Private Sub Workbook_Open()

Dim path As String
path = Application.ActiveWorkbook.path
Worksheets("AnotherSheet").Range("A1") = path & "\"

End Sub

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Then I wanted to do something like this:

VLOOKUP(A1, AnotherSheet!$A$1&'[file.xlsx]ExportWorksheet'!$A$1:$B$65536,2,FALSE)

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It doesn't work no matter where I put or omit those ' .

Is there a way to do it? If not using a formula then maybe through VBA? I don't know how to search a worksheet and replace part of a string in all cells that are affected.

Thanks!
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Question by:Carbonecz
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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
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Try

Private Sub Workbook_Open()
    Dim wb As Workbook
    Dim path As String
    For Each wb In Application.Workbooks
        If LCase(wb.Name) = "file.xlsx" Then
            path = wb.path
            Exit For
        End If
    Next wb
    Worksheets("AnotherSheet").Range("A1") = path & "\"
End Sub
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by:Rob Henson
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With a formula you need to use the INDIRECT function to create the file path and name string. However, INDIRECT does not work when the source file is closed.

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Rob H
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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
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does not work when the source file is closed.
Same applies to my comment. I assume that the file is open which is why you used

path = Application.ActiveWorkbook.path
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by:Carbonecz
ID: 40003415
The file isn't opened. I need to put its full path there. It works without the file being opened when it's like this:

'C:\[file.xlsx]ExportWorksheet'!$A$1:$B$65536

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I need to replace C:\ with the path I get from my script and then probably recalculate all affected cells?
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Rob Henson earned 2000 total points
ID: 40003674
How about doing a Find and Replace?

Have your formula setup with a spurious filename (eg TempFile.xlsx) then you can do a Find on "C:\Path\TempFile.xlsx" and Replace with File Name generated/found in existing routine.

Do a Find and Replace manually and use the VB Recorder to get the syntax. When recorded, the script will show "Find:=Text" and "Replace:=Text", the two blocks of Text can be replaced with a Variable generated within the script.

Thanks
Rob H
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by:Ejgil Hedegaard
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Perhaps you are making it too complicated.
The open file is the file with the formulas, linking to file.xlsx.
In that file you search for the path, and that must mean you expect file.xlsx to be in the same folder as the file with the formulas linking to file.xlsx.

If the 2 files are saved in the same folder when created, and both are copied to another folder, then when opening the file with the formulas, the links will point to the folder the file is in now, and not to where it was.

So if both files are in the same folder, you don't have to search and replace anything.
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by:Carbonecz
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Thanks! Should've thought about that. I recorded FIND and REPLACE macro and edited it to do what I needed.
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