Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007 and 2010. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Copying a File in VBA.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 26, 2018)
Word uses a macro programming language known as Visual Basic for Applications, or VBA. Many of the tasks you can perform in regular Visual Basic you can also perform in VBA. One such task is to copy files. You can do so by using the FileCopy command, as follows:
FileCopy source, target
Of course, you need to provide the appropriate specifications for both the source and target designations. For instance, if you wanted to copy a file named MyFile.Doc from the current directory to the F: drive (perhaps where you have a thumb drive) you could do so:
FileCopy myfile.doc, f:
If you try to copy a file that is currently open (either by Word or through a different program), VBA generates an error.
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (5915) applies to Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Copying a File in VBA.
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