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Hi Tom,

I want to create a workbook that contains an index of all folders (and possibly also files) within a given folder and sub-folders. I want to be able to update this index on a regular basis. Is it possible to do this with a macro? I'm sure I've seen something that can loop through folders and sub-folders, but I'm not sure how to use that to create an index.

I'm using excel 2010.

Thanks in advance,

Alison

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Alison,

Microsoft documents three different methods for recursing through directories/folders with sample code that can be adapted to Excel.  

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/185476/EN-US/
How To Search Directories to Find or List Files

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/185601/EN-US/
HOW TO: Recursively Search Directories by Using FileSystemObject

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/186118/EN-US/
How To Use FileSystemObject with Visual Basic

So the code for the method that appeals to you would need to be adapted to what you call an index.  That term is not self defining to me.  I know what an index for a book is but I don't know what you envision or what functionality you want.

As far as updating, I think it would be simple to just clear the old "index" and rebuild it with the same code on a periodic basis.

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Regards,
Tom Ogilvy

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