Delete multiple subfolders in Windows Explorer using Excel VBA (Excel 2010 running on Windows 7 Enterprise)

Dear Experts:

I would like to delete all JPEG-subfolders which are nested under C:\Graphics\.... using a VBA code run from Excel 2010 (Windows 7) such as ...

C:\Graphics\10\10-150\10-150-04-07\JPEG or

Professional Help is very much appreciated. Thank you very much in advance.

Regards, Andreas
Andreas HermleTeam leaderAsked:
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Saurabh Singh TeotiaCommented:
You can use the following code..It will delete all the subfolders from the path c:graphics..

Sub deletefolders()
    Dim fo As Object
    Dim fl As Object
    Dim sfl As Object

    Set fo = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

    Set fl = fo.GetFolder("C:\Graphics\")

    For Each sfl In fl.subfolders


    Next sfl
End Sub
[ fanpages ]IT Services ConsultantCommented:
Hi Andreas,

To expand upon the previous suggestion, & actually answering your question:

Option Explicit
Public Sub Delete_JPEG_Folders()

  Dim objFolder                                         As Object
  For Each objFolder In CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject").GetFolder("C:\Graphics").SubFolders
      If objFolder.SubFolders.Count = 0& Then
         If UCase$(objFolder.Name) = "JPEG" Then
            ChDir objFolder.ParentFolder.Path
         End If
         Call Delete_JPEG_SubFolders(objFolder)
      End If
  Next objFolder
  Set objFolder = Nothing
End Sub
Public Sub Delete_JPEG_SubFolders(ByRef objFolder As Object)

  Dim objSubFolder                                      As Object
  For Each objSubFolder In objFolder.SubFolders
      If objSubFolder.SubFolders.Count = 0& Then
         If UCase$(objSubFolder.Name) = "JPEG" Then
            ChDir objSubFolder.ParentFolder.Path
         End If
         Call Delete_JPEG_SubFolders(objSubFolder)
      End If
  Next objSubFolder
  Set objSubFolder = Nothing
End Sub

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Call Delete_JPEG_Folders()

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Andreas HermleTeam leaderAuthor Commented:
Wow fanpages, I am deeply impressed, this saves me hundreds of hours.

Thank you very much for your great and professional help.  I really appreciate it. Regards, Andreas
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may you please explain which both of your subs are identical and what is the secret of using "ByRef" here?  i would like to learn, why your are calling exactly same SUB  inside each other
i only see one difference between two codes,  OBj.folder and obj.subfolder
i would appreciate if you could comment the code, so that it is understable.

thanks alot.
[ fanpages ]IT Services ConsultantCommented:
You're very welcome, Andreas.  Thanks for closing the question so quickly too.


This isn't really the place to ask questions, but I'll try not to be rude (if Andreas does not mind)! :)

The two routines are not identical; the first ("Delete_JPEG_Folders()") starts the process at the highest folder in the hierarchy ("C:\Graphics") looking for all sub-folders from this folder.

The second routine, "Delete_JPEG_SubFolders(...)", "does what it say on the tin"; it iterates through all the sub-folders of the Folder object passed as a parameter, looking for the lowest level folder with the explicit name of "JPEG".

Delete_JPEG_Folders(...) can call itself as sub-folders of the top level folder, can also have sub-folders, & in turn, further sub-folders, & so on.

Passing a parameter ByRef (By Reference, rather than By Value) is not a secret; it is used as I wish to refer to the contents of the object set outside of the call to the "Delete_JPEG_Folders(...)" subroutine.

Please research the difference between ByRef & ByVal, & then come back to me if it is still unclear why I am using this syntax.

It will probably be easier if you start a new question thread, though.

thank you very much indeed.

you are right, i should have created a new question.  i still do not understand by simple example how these two ByRef & ByVal are different from each other and what is use for each of them.

i opened a question link is here

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