Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. 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: Determining if a File Exists.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 7, 2018)
As you are programming your macros, you may have a need to determine if a particular file exists on disk. For instance, the purpose of your macro may be to open and read from a text file. Before doing so, you will want to check to see if the file exists, in order to avoid an error.
The following function can be used to check for the existence of a file. All you need to do is pass it the full filename as a string, and the macro returns either True (if the file exists) or False (if it doesn't).
Function FileThere(FileName As String) As Boolean FileThere = (Dir(FileName) > "") End Function
You can also use the function similar to the following:
If FileThere("c:\myfile.txt") Then ' ' Do stuff here ' Else MsgBox "File Not There!" End If
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