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How do I check for an existing file in VBA Excel ?

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Hi All,

I am building a small Excel VBA application and I want to check if a Windows folder has a file in it. If it does then I want to process the file by copying it to another folder and then deleting it.

How should I begin to code this ?

Thanks
Toco
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by:MacroShadow
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This is one way:
If Dir("C:\Test\Test.txt") = "" Then
  MsgBox "File does not exist"
Else
  MsgBox "File exist"
End If

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This is another:
Dim oFso As Object

Set oFso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

If oFso.FileExists("C:\Test\Test.txt") = False Then
     MsgBox "File does not exist"
Else
    MsgBox "File exist"
End If

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by:Kimputer
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Another way:

Sub test()

Set fs = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

If fs.FileExists("c:\a.txt") Then
    fs.CopyFile "c:\a.txt", "c:\temp\a.txt"
    fs.DeleteFile "c:\a.txt"
End If

End Sub

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by:Tocogroup
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Sorry, my fault. I should have said a folder with 'any' file in it. That is, I don't know the filename.
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by:Tocogroup
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So, I want to check to see if ANY file exists in that folder and if it does then I copy and delete it. How do I acquire its filename ?
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by:Kimputer
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You loop through it here:

Sub test()

Set fs = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

Source = "c:\temp1"
Dest = "c:\temp2"
Set r = fs.GetFolder(Source)

For Each f In r.Files
    fs.CopyFile Source & "\" & f.Name, Dest & "\" & f.Name
    fs.DeleteFile Source & "\" & f.Name
Next


End Sub

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by:Tocogroup
ID: 40317220
I'm getting a 'RunTime error  Path not found' message on the last line of the script that reads as follows:
Source = "\Input"
Dest = "\Archive"
Set r = fs.GetFolder(Source)

Is this because it doesn't use relative folder addresses ? Do I have to enter the full file path ? Or can I use a relative address ?
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by:Rory Archibald
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NFP:

You can just replace the Test.txt file name in MacroShadow's Dir code with *.*
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by:Tocogroup
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'RunTime error 76 Path not found' I meant to say.
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by:Kimputer
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Please use FULL path!
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by:Tocogroup
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Thanks to you both for assisting me with this. Consequently, I've split the points.
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