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filefilter in Excel VBA not working as I want

Posted on 2014-09-25
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I have the following line in my VBA code in Excel 2010

    rnl_fname = Application.GetOpenFilename(Title:="Select R560 Renewal SUM", _
        filefilter:="R560Combined???.SUM (*.SUM),*.SUM")

When the file dialog box comes up, I only want it to show files that start with R560Combined and end in .SUM.  For instance I might have a R560CombinedARD.SUM and a R560ARD.SUM.  I only want to see the COMBINED one in my file open dialog.  I've tried putting the R560Combined in front of both *.sum and that doesn't work.  if I put it in front of the first *.sum, then it defaults to *.* basically and doesn't use my filter.  Any ideas on how I can make this work?
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by:johnb25
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Hi,

This should do it:
    rnl_fname = Application.GetOpenFilename(Title:="Select R560 Renewal SUM", _        filefilter:="R560Combined (*.SUM),R560Combined*.SUM")

John
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by:pmac38CDS
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I tried that and it still shows me both file names.  It shows R560CombinedARD.SUM and a R560ARD.SUM as available files.  There must be something I am missing.
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by:johnb25
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I have looked into this a bit more.
It looks like you can't add a partial filter with the GetOpenFileName function.
The code below does work for me.
When I tested the previous code I did not notice all my files started with the same letters, so I did not have a proper test of the filter.

John

Sub OpenWorkbook()
Dim fd As FileDialog
Dim rnl_fname As String
Set fd = Application.FileDialog(msoFileDialogOpen)
With fd
.InitialFileName = "R560Combined*"
.Filters.Clear
.Filters.Add "R560Combined", "*.SUM"
.FilterIndex = 1
End With
If fd.Show = -1 Then
rnl_fname = fd.SelectedItems(1)
Workbooks.Open (rnl_fname)
End If
End Sub

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by:pmac38CDS
ID: 40346375
Okay that works but it now shows me other files that don't have the .sum extension.  For instance in that same folder I have R560CombinedXXX.SUM and R560CombinedXXX.PRN.  It's only showing the combined files now, but it shows both sum and prn extensions.
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Glenn Ray earned 500 total points
ID: 40346436
Try this:
Sub GetSUMFile()
    Dim strFilePathName As String
    Dim boolGotFile As Boolean
    
    With Application.FileDialog(msoFileDialogFilePicker)
        .Title = "Select R560 Renewal file"
        .Filters.Add "R560Combined", "*.SUM"
        .FilterIndex = 1
        .AllowMultiSelect = False
        .InitialFileName = "R560Combined???.SUM"
        boolGotFile = .Show
        
        If boolGotFile Then
            strFilePathName = Trim(.SelectedItems.Item(1))
        End If
    End With
    
    'if you just want the filename
    'strFileName = Mid(strFilePathName, InStrRev(strFilePathName, "\") + 1, 100)
End Sub

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Regards,
-Glenn
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by:pmac38CDS
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This worked perfectly!!  Thanks.
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