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How to insert file name or path into cell / header or footer in Excel?

Supposing you want to insert the file name or file path into Excel cell, header or footer, how could you quickly do this operation?

Insert current file name or path in a cell with Formula

Insert current file name or path in header/footer with Header & Footer function

Insert current file name or path in cell / header or footer with Kutools for Excel good idea3


Insert Workbook Information

Kutools for Excel's Insert Workbook Information utility can quickly insert sheet name, path, user name and
so on to a cell, header or footer.

 

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arrow blue right bubble Insert current file name or path in a cell with Formula


With the following formulas, you can quickly insert file name or path or sheetname in a speicfied cell.

Item Formula Example
Filename only =MID(CELL("filename"),SEARCH("[",CELL("filename"))+1, SEARCH("]",CELL("filename"))-SEARCH("[",CELL("filename"))-1) products features.xlsx
Filepath only =LEFT(CELL("filename",A1),FIND("[",CELL("filename",A1),1)-1) C:\Users\dt\Desktop\New folder\
Active sheetname only =RIGHT(CELL("filename"),LEN(CELL("filename"))-FIND("]",CELL("filename"),1)) Sheet7
Current filename, filepath and active sheetname =CELL("filename") C:\Users\dt\Desktop\New folder\[products features.xlsx]Sheet7

Notes:

1. Copy any above formula that you need to a specified cell, and you will get the result you need.

2. The opend workbook must have been saved.


arrow blue right bubble Insert current file name or path in header/footer with Header & Footer function

If you want to insert the filename or filepath into the wotksheet header or footer, you can use the Header & Footer function.

1. On the Ribbon, click Insert > Header & Footer.

2. There will be three editing box in the Header or Footer section, click left, center or ringht box that you want to insert the filename or path. Then under the Design tab, click File Path, File Name or Sheet Name that you need to insert. See screenshot:

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Then click any cell, and you can see the file path or name or sheet name has been inserted into the header ot footer. See screenshots:

Insert the file path into the header
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Insert the file name into the footer
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arrow blue right bubble Insert current file name or path in cell / header or footer with Kutools for Excel

Kutools for Excel’s Insert Workbook Information is a mutifunctional tool, it can help you insert worksheet name, workbook name, workbook path or workbook path & name into the Excel cells, header or footer quickly and conveniently.

Kutools for Excel, with more than 120 handy functions, makes your jobs easier. 

After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:(Free Download Kutools for Excel Now!)

1. Click Enterprise > Workbook Tools > Insert Workbook Information, see screenshot:

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2. In the Insert Workbook Information dialog box, choose the workbook information you want to insert from left pane, and then select the place where you want to insert the information at. See screenshot:

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3. Then click OK. If you insert the wotkbook information into a cell, you will get the result as follows:

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If you insert the workbook information into the header or footer, you can choose the location where you want to insert the information into, Left, Right or Center. And you can preview the header or footer from View > Page Layout.

To know more about this feature, please visit Insert Workbook Information.

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Insert Blank Rows & Columns(insert multiple blank rows/columns at once, or insert blank rows/columns every nth row/col...)

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    TG · 2 years ago
    Is there an automated way to pass the current Excel filename (no file path, no extension) to the current worksheet name?
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    Katie S · 3 years ago
    Is it possible to turn a file path in an excel print title into a clickable hyperlink? I would like to publish the excel file as a pdf with a clickable hyperlink in the footer.
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    sashin · 4 years ago
    Hi

    I have about 90 workbooks, and in each workbook i have 5 sheets, i want to put in a new column in every sheet across these workbooks to input the year.
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    siribillo · 4 years ago
    Hi, correct formula for filename without path is:

    =MID((CELL("filename"));((SEARCH("[";(CELL("filename"))))+1);((SEARCH("]";(CELL("filename"))))-((SEARCH("[";(CELL("filename"))))+1)))

    (semicolon in MID and SEARCH funtions, and -1 --> +1 at the end)

    bye
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      Juan · 3 years ago
      For filename without extension:

      =MID(CELL("filename"),SEARCH("[",CELL("filename"))+1,SEARCH("]",CELL("filename"))-SEARCH("[",CELL("filename"))-5)
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      Juan · 3 years ago
      This gives an error.
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        here · 2 years ago
        shouldn't be 6?
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          Raitis · 1 years ago
          -6 was the correct for me on MS Office 2016 :)
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          Danilo · 1 years ago
          On mine it works well. However, it finishes with a "." at the end. If you put 6 instead it will return without the ".". It basically works counting the characters which "+1" in the formula is the first character and the "-5" is the amount of characters that are not showing counting from the front. So, if you want to catch only the middle characters eg. (XXXXX from a document named ZZ-YY-WW-XXXXX from a extension .xlsm) you can input as per below:

          =MID(CELL("filename"),SEARCH("[",CELL("filename"))+10,SEARCH("]",CELL("filename"))-SEARCH("[",CELL("filename"))-15)
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    naveen · 5 years ago
    when i am using this function in excel 1 (this is the filename) , and then i open excel 2, the cell in excel 1 changes from "excel 1" to "excel 2".

    Please advise, how to prevent this.
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      Richard Hux · 4 years ago
      Yes, I am having the same problem, this formula seems to point to a variable that is not tied to the actual spreadsheet of the cell the formula exists in but instead to the currently selected spreadsheet or similar.
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        Anthony · 3 years ago
        I have the same problem when opening a different excel document. Is there a way to leave the file name with the current file?
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          Anthony · 2 years ago
          You prolly already found this solution. But I figured I'd add it for any future searchers. :-)
          Simply add the third option, the "A1" reference, to each of the CELL functions as follows:

          =CELL("filename",A1)
          =SUBSTITUTE( LEFT(CELL("filename",A1),FIND("]",CELL("filename",A1))-1),"[","")
          =MID(CELL("filename",A1),SEARCH("[",CELL("filename",A1))+1, SEARCH("]",CELL("filename",A1))-SEARCH("[",CELL("filename",A1))-1)