How to Display the Open and Save As Dialog Boxes

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When you use Microsoft Excel, you may want to display the Open or the Save As dialog boxes using Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications procedures. This article explains several ways to accomplish this task.

Note that the Open and Close methods do not display these dialog boxes.

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Method 1

This Visual Basic code uses the xlDialogOpen and xlDialogSaveAs constants to display the dialog.

To open a file:
To open a file named "myacct.xls" in the "c:\personal" directory:
   Application.Dialogs(xlDialogOpen).Show _

To save a file:
To save a file in the "c:\public" directory named "acct.xls":
   Application.Dialogs(xlDialogSaveAs).Show _


Method 2

Use the GetOpenFilename and GetSaveAsFilename methods to retrieve the file name in conjunction with the Open or Close methods.

To open a file:
   Workbooks.Open filename:=Application.GetOpenFilename
To save the active workbook:
   Activeworkbook.SaveAs filename:=Application.GetSaveAsFilename

Method 3

Use the Microsoft Excel 4.0 macro language equivalents to display the dialog boxes.

To open a file:
To save a file:
For additional information, please see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

104581 Macro to Change Default *.XL* to *.* in Open Dialog Box


For more information about displaying dialog boxes in Excel 97, from the Visual Basic Editor, click the Office Assistant, type Dialogs, click Search, and then click to view "Dialogs property."

NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on the Standard toolbar. If the Assistant is not able to answer your query, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
176476 OFF: Office Assistant Not Answering Visual Basic Questions
Microsoft Press: "Excel 5 Visual Basic for Applications Reference," version 5.0, pages 452, 576

"Function Reference," version 4.0, pages 307, 369

The On-Line Help menu in Microsoft Excel 7.0. Select the Help menu, and choose "Microsoft Excel Help Topics". Click on the Find tab and type

Article ID: 139723 - Last Review: Jun 11, 2007 - Revision: 1