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In the Open dialog box in Microsoft Excel, you can select more than one file to open at a time. If you are using Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications with the GetOpenFileName method, you must use a macro to loop through the selected files to open them.
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Visual Basic Code Example
In a new workbook, insert a module, and enter the following code:
Sub loopyarray() Dim filenames As Variant ' set the array to a variable and the True is for multi-select filenames = Application.GetOpenFilename(, , , , True) counter = 1 ' ubound determines how many items in the array While counter <= UBound(filenames) 'Opens the selected files Workbooks.Open filenames(counter) ' displays file name in a message box MsgBox filenames(counter) 'increment counter counter = counter + 1 Wend End Sub
Run the loopyarray macro.
In the Open dialog box, select multiple files to open by holding down CTRL as you click each file name.
Click Open or click OK.
As the macro opens each of the selected files, it displays a message box stating the path and file name of each file as it is opened.
"Visual Basic User's Guide," version 5.0, pages 129-137