Reference the most recent Excel workbook when multiple filenames in a single folder include a common prefix

Posted on 2014-12-16
Last Modified: 2015-01-01

When writing a formula in Excel (2013) which references content from a different worksheet, is there a way to:

       a) use wildcards for part of a referenced filename?
       b) reference only the most recent file with a common filename prefix?

For example, suppose you have a folder which contains the following files:


…and in which a new up-to-date "Content…" file is created each weekday from the previous day's file (by File > Save As...) with the last eight characters in its filename designating the date it was created.

Suppose also that the workbook, "Report.xlsx", contains the following formula:


Is there a way to include a wildcard or modify the formula some other way, so that it always looks in the most up-to-date "Content_…" workbook?

Question by:WeThotUWasAToad
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Rgonzo1971 earned 400 total points
ID: 40504221

pls try this User defined function( insert this function in amodule of your Report File)

Function NewestFile(strPath As String) As String()
Result = ""
        myFile = Dir(strPath & "\Content_*.xlsx")
        Do While Len(myFile) <> 0
            If myFile > Result Then Result = myFile
            myFile = Dir
NewestFile = Result
End Function

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As parameter use C:\Users\Username\Documents\Data

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Assisted Solution

by:Rob Henson
Rob Henson earned 100 total points
ID: 40504396
You can use the ADDRESS function to create a filke name string and then use the INDIRECT function to refer to it.

However, INDIRECT needs the source file to be open.

Rob H

Author Closing Comment

ID: 40526873
Thanks for the responses.

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