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I know I asked you this before, but it was in another job and I can't for the life of me find your answer.  I need to list all the files in a folder in excel. I know it was a simple DOS command. The path to the folders is C:\Users\Francyn\Documents\Paul Work\2013-12-09 Battery\CHL_BATTERY-EDITED-SET100.  In this folder is a set of subfolders with .JPG files in it. I just need to have a list of the files, with or without subfolders.

I know it was simple but I just can't find your answer to me. It was at another job, probably  but I don't work there anymore.

No problem - I've linked to the original answer and copied the text to save you following the link (!)
Excel prior to version 2007 can use the FileSystemObject - which means you can use VBA to do a search for files - which could be written to then copy files to a folder.  Since 2007, this very useful feature has been removed, and I've not found a suitable alternative (yet!).  It would certainly be possible to run a series of searches via DOS - though POSSIBLY the quickest way would be to do a DIR listing for all jpg files - from memory, dir *.jpg /s >c:\temp\JPG_Files.text would be the style of command line to run - this would creat a text file which could then be opened in excel and "stitched" together such that you get the file name in one column and the location in another - you could then use the search function (perhaps) to get the matches?

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Aidan Heritage


I have provided first hand support since `95 for Microsoft Office majoring in Word and Excel - support for all versions from 2 onwards. I'm based in the UK, so please allow for time differences when asking me questions from other parts of the world!


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