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How to quickly extract filename from full path in Excel?

Supposing you have a worksheet which contains a list of file paths, now you would like to extract just the filename (the right part of the final backslash) from each path as following screenshots shown. Are there any quick tricks to deal with this task?

Extract filename from full path with formula in Excel

Extract filename from full path with User Defined Function

Extract filename from full path with VBA code


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Extract filename from full path with formula in Excel


In Excel, you can use the below formula to quickly extract only file name from the full path.

Select a blank cell and type this formula =MID(A1,FIND("*",SUBSTITUTE(A1,"\","*",LEN(A1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1,"\",""))))+1,LEN(A1)) (A1 is the cell that you want to extract the filename from), and press Enter button, then drag the fill handle to fill range you want. After that, the filename is extracted from each cell.

doc extract name1


Extract filename from full path with User Defined Function

With the following User Defined Function, you can get the filename easily and quickly.

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications Window.

2. Click Insert > Module, and paste the following code in the Module Window.

Function FunctionGetFileName(FullPath As String) As String
'Update 20140210
Dim splitList As Variant
splitList = VBA.Split(FullPath, "\")
FunctionGetFileName = splitList(UBound(splitList, 1))
End Function

3. Then save and close the Window, then go back to the worksheet, in a blank cell, B1 for instance, enter this formula =FunctionGetFileName(A1), see screenshot:

doc-extract-filenames1

4. And press Enter key, then select cell B1, and drag the fill handle to the range that you want to apply this formula, all the filenames have been extracted from the full paths as following result:

doc-extract-filenames1


Extract filename from full path with VBA code

Besides the User Defined Function, a VBA code also can help you to extract the filenames. Please do as this:

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications Window.

2. Click Insert > Module, and paste the following code in the Module Window.

Sub GetFileName()
'Update 20140210
Dim Rng As Range
Dim WorkRng As Range
Dim splitList As Variant
On Error Resume Next
xTitleId = "KutoolsforExcel"
Set WorkRng = Application.Selection
Set WorkRng = Application.InputBox("Range", xTitleId, WorkRng.Address, Type:=8)
For Each Rng In WorkRng
    splitList = VBA.Split(Rng.Value, "\")
    Rng.Value = splitList(UBound(splitList, 1))
Next
End Sub

3. Then press F5 key to run this code, and select the range that you want to extract the filename from, see screenshot:

doc-extract-filenames1

4. And then click OK, the filenames have been extracted from the selection as follows:

Note: With this VBA code, the original data will be destroyed, so you should copy one before applying this code.


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    bob · 1 years ago
    The formula raises a #VALUE! error if the source cell has only a filename to begin with.. Embedding the entire formula in an IFERROR function solves this problem, e.g., =IFERROR(<orig formula>,A1)