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VBA to search files within a folder for a specific string and return file name

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    VBA to search files within a folder for a specific string and return file name

    Hi everyone,

    First time on a forum.

    I'm fairly new to excel vba and I'm currently using 2010.

    I'm looking for a code in Excel vba that will:
    - Take a string from a cell A1 i.e. "hello" and search a folder with 20 word files for that string.
    - The output will be a list of file names (rows B1 to B..) in which "hello" appears at least once.

    Is this possible? I've research into Dir and wildcard functions but I'm too much of a novice to even begin.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks.

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    Re: VBA to search files within a folder for a specific string and return file name

    Welcome to the forum.

    I assumed that you meant to find the word in the filename only - searching the contents of the file is a different task: not difficult, just different.

    Copy this macro into a standard codemodule in a macro-enabled workbook, save the workbook with this macro in the folder of interest, type the word in cell A1 and run the macro.

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    Bernie,

    I really appreciate your response.

    I actually need to search through the contents of the files.

    You say this if different, not difficult...hmmm haha.

    Cheers again,

    Tim

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    Re: VBA to search files within a folder for a specific string and return file name

    Bernie,

    I also want a command button to activate the macro (i.e. a search button).

    The folder location to search in is: P:\023 Capability Management System (CMS).

    Apologies for piling it on.

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    Re: VBA to search files within a folder for a specific string and return file name

    Hi..

    This works.. I haven't really done much at all concerning Word.. but it seems to do the trick..

    Change the Filepath and Sheet names to suit..

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    Re: VBA to search files within a folder for a specific string and return file name

    Many thanks - I was just about to ask a very similar question.

    Can the solution(s) be adapted:

    1) to allow subfolders to be searched
    2) for the file path results in the Excel worksheet to be produced as hyperlinks that allow the relevant file to be opened?

    Thanks.

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    Re: VBA to search files within a folder for a specific string and return file name

    Quote Originally Posted by 1819 View Post
    Many thanks - I was just about to ask a very similar question.

    Can the solution(s) be adapted:

    1) to allow subfolders to be searched
    2) for the file path results in the Excel worksheet to be produced as hyperlinks that allow the relevant file to be opened?

    Thanks.
    Apologies - it already does subfolders.

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