Module: FileDialogVBA in Category Windows : Common Dialogs from Total Visual SourceBook

Use the File Open, File Save, and Folder Open Dialogs using the built-in VBA FileDialog command without using the Windows API calls. Supports 32 and 64-bit VBA.

The VBA FileDialog command is not as full featured as the Windows API approach but is much easier to use. A set of pre-defined File Masks is included to simplify the selection of file types. For the Windows API routines, use the modFileDialog module which also supports VB6.

Procedure Name Type Description
(Declarations) Declarations Declarations and private variables for the modFileDialogVBA module.
VBA_FileDialog_GetFile Procedure Launch file open dialog in Access/VBA and return selected file name.
VBA_FileDialog_GetFiles Procedure Launch file open dialog in Access/VBA and return selected file names.
VBA_FileDialog_SaveFile Procedure Launch file save dialog in Access/VBA and return selected file name. If the file already exists, the user is prompted to overwrite it before the file name is accepted. Unlike the routines using the Windows API approach in modFileDialog, the VBA file save dialog does not allow you to specify the file type mask.
VBA_FileDialog_GetFolder Procedure Launch folder open dialog in Access/VBA and return the selected folder name.
VBA_SetFileMasks Procedure Combine multiple file masks into one.
VBA_SetFileMask Procedure Set file mask based on specified options. This is similar to SetFileMask in modFileDialog but the name portion doesn't include the file masks.
' Example of modFileDialogVBA
' To use this example, create a new module and paste this code into it.
' Then run the procedure by putting the cursor in the procedure and pressing:
'    F5 to run it, or
'    F8 to step through it line-by-line (see the Debug menu for more options)

Private Sub Example_modFileDialogVBA()
  ' Comments: Examples of using the modFileDialogVBA module to display the File Open, File Save, and Folder Open Dialogs without using the Windows API calls in VBA.
  '           Support 32 and 64 bit VBA.

  Const cstrDefaultFile As String = "C:\Total Visual SourceBook 2013\Samples\example.txt"
  Dim strFile As String
  Dim strFiles As String
  Dim astrFiles() As String
  Dim strFolder As String

  ' Use the VBA_FileDialog_GetFile method to Display the file open dialog and retrieve the file name
  ' This method accepts parameters rather than requiring the class properties to be set.
  strFile = VBA_FileDialog_GetFile(cstrDefaultFile, "Total Visual SourceBook Example of File Open", "txt All")
  If strFile <> "" Then
    MsgBox "You chose this file: " & strFile
    MsgBox "You cancelled the File Open dialog"
  End If

  ' Select multiple files by using Shift+Click or Ctrl+Click when the dialog is open
  If VBA_FileDialog_GetFiles(cstrDefaultFile, "Total Visual SourceBook Example of File Open for Multiple Files", "All", astrFiles()) Then
    strFiles = Join(astrFiles, vbCrLf)
    MsgBox "These files were selected: " & strFiles
  End If

  ' Use the Save Dialog to get a file name
  strFile = VBA_FileDialog_SaveFile(cstrDefaultFile, "Total Visual SourceBook Example of File Save")
  If strFile <> "" Then
    MsgBox "File Name: " & strFile
    MsgBox "You cancelled the File Save dialog"
  End If

  ' Let the user select a folder name
  strFolder = VBA_FileDialog_GetFolder(cstrDefaultFile, "Total Visual SourceBook Example of Folder Selection")
  If strFolder <> "" Then
    MsgBox "Folder Name: " & strFolder
    MsgBox "You cancelled the Select Folder dialog"
  End If

End Sub

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