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Microsoft KB Archive/108356

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XL5: Can't Run Macros That Use File Functions Add-in Functions

ID: Q108356

The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Excel for Windows, versions 5.0, 5.0c
  • Microsoft Excel for the Macintosh, versions 5.0, 5.0a
  • Microsoft Excel for Windows NT, version 5.0


Although Microsoft Excel version 5.0 does not include the File Functions (Filefns.xla) add-in macro (or the associated Filefns.dll file), if you install Microsoft Excel version 5.0 without deleting the earlier version of Microsoft Excel (3.0 or 4.0), the Filefns.xla add-in macro will still be available and will function normally (because the file is not deleted when you install version 5.0). However, if you do a "clean" installation of Microsoft Excel 5.0 (that is, if you delete the earlier version of Microsoft Excel before you install version 5.0), and you then run a macro that uses any of the Filefns.xla add-in functions, you will receive a macro error. Most of the file maintenance tasks that you can do with the File Functions add-in functions can be done with Visual Basic procedures.


The following table lists the functions that are available in the File Functions add-in macro and their Visual Basic equivalents.

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 File Functions
 Macro Command       Equivalent Visual Basic Statement



 =DIRECTORIES()      MyDir = Dir(pathname,16)
                     ' Call repeatedly until Dir returns a zero-
                     ' length string.

 =OPEN.DIALOG()      MyDialog = Application.GetOpenFilename(fileFilter, _
                     ' This second form will bring up the Microsoft
                     ' Excel internal Open dialog box.
                     ' Will bring up default Open dialog box.

 =SAVE.DIALOG()      MyDialog=Application.GetSaveAsFilename _
                     (initialFilename,fileFilter,filterIndex,title, _
                     ' This second form will bring up the Microsoft
                     ' Excel internal Save As dialog box.
                     ' Will bring up default Save As dialog box.

 =FILE.EXISTS()      MyFile = Dir(pathname) 


For more information about GetOpenFilename, choose the Search button in Help and type:


For more information about GetSaveasFilename, choose the Search button in Help and type:


For more information about "Visual Basic Equivalents for Macro Functions and Commands," choose the Search button in Help and type:

Visual Basic equivalents, macro functions

Additional query words: 5.00c 5.00a

Keywords : kbprg PgmOthr
Version : MACINTOSH:5.0,5.0a; WINDOWS:5.0,5.0c; winnt:5.0
Platform : MACINTOSH WINDOWS winnt
Issue type : kbinfo

Last Reviewed: November 9, 1999
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