WD97: How to Set the Default File Path Using VBA

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This article describes how to use Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications to set the default file path that Microsoft Word uses in the Open, Save, and Save As dialog boxes.


Microsoft provides programming examples for illustration only, without warranty either expressed or implied. This includes, but is not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. This article assumes that you are familiar with the programming language that is being demonstrated and with the tools that are used to create and to debug procedures. Microsoft support engineers can help explain the functionality of a particular procedure, but they will not modify these examples to provide added functionality or construct procedures to meet your specific requirements. By default, Word 97 uses the default file path set on the File Locations tab (on the Tools menu, click Options) when first using the Open and Save or Save As dialog boxes.

The following sample macro changes the current directory to "C:\MyFolder" and sets that directory as the default.
  Sub ChangeFileOpenPath()
      ChangeFileOpenDirectory "C:\My Folder"
      Options.DefaultFilePath(wdDocumentsPath) = CurDir
      With Dialogs(wdDialogFileOpen)
      End With
   End Sub
NOTE: You can omit the lines from "With Dialogs" through "End With" if you do not want to display the Open dialog box.


Article ID: 193146 - Last Review: January 23, 2007 - Revision: 2.3
  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition
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