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Use DIR to get a list of files

Sub GetFiles()
' Demonstrates the use of DIR to return a file at a time

Dim strPath As String
Dim strFile As String
Dim strFileSpec as String
Dim strFilesFound As String

strPath = "C:\My Pictures\" ' or wherever you want to look for files
strFileSpec = "*.GIF" ' or whatever type of files you want to list

' get the first file that meets our specification
strFile = Dir$(strPath & strFileSpec)

' if we got at least one file, continue:
While strFile <> ""
    strFilesFound = strFilesFound & strPath & strFile & vbCrLf
    ' get the next file and loop
    strFile = Dir

' let's see what we've got
MsgBox strFilesFound

End Sub

Warning: This is acceptable for quick and dirty use on your own system. For production code, it's not 100% reliable. Other applications might call the same underlying Windows API that this uses, resulting in Dir returning files of a different specification than what you originally asked for.

See How do I use VBA code in PowerPoint? to learn how to use this example code

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Last update 07 June, 2011