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Microsoft KB Archive/171193

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ACC97: Sample Procedure to Find the Location(s) of a File

Article ID: 171193

Article Last Modified on 1/20/2007


  • Microsoft Access 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q171193

Advanced: Requires expert coding, interoperability, and multiuser skills.


This article describes how to create a sample user-defined function that uses the FileSearch object contained in the Application object to locate a file on a particular drive.

This article assumes that you are familiar with Visual Basic for Applications and with creating Microsoft Access applications using the programming tools provided with Microsoft Access. For more information about Visual Basic for Applications, please refer to the "Building Applications with Microsoft Access 97" manual.


The LocateFile() function takes the file that you are looking for as a string argument and returns all locations of that file. To create the function, follow these steps:

  1. Open the sample database Northwind.mdb.
  2. Create a module and type the following line in the Declarations section if it is not already there:

          Option Explicit
  3. Type the following procedure:

          Function LocateFile(strFileName as String)
             Dim vItem As Variant
             With Application.FileSearch
                .FileName = strFileName
                .LookIn = "c:\"
                .SearchSubFolders = True
                For Each vItem In .FoundFiles
                   Debug.Print vItem
                Next vItem
             End With
          End Function
  4. To test this function, type the following line in the Debug window, and then press ENTER:


    Note that all locations of Northwind.mdb are printed in the Debug window.


For more information about using Visual Basic for Applications code to search for files, search the Help Index for "FileSearch object," and then click FoundFiles in the object tree at the top of the FileSearch Object Help topic.

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