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How to list all folders and subfolders in Excel?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2014-11-05

Have you ever suffered with this problem that list all folders and subfolders from a specified directory into a worksheet? In Excel, there is no a quick and handy way to get the name of all the folders in a specific directory at once. To deal with the task, this article may help you.

List all folders and subfolders with VBA code

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If you want to get all the folder names from a specified directory, the following VBA code may help you, please do as this:

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys, and it opens the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

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

VBA code: List all folders and subfolder names

Sub FolderNames()
'Update 20141027
Application.ScreenUpdating = False
Dim xPath As String
Dim xWs As Worksheet
Dim fso As Object, j As Long, folder1 As Object
With Application.FileDialog(msoFileDialogFolderPicker)
    .Title = "Choose the folder"
End With
On Error Resume Next
xPath = Application.FileDialog(msoFileDialogFolderPicker).SelectedItems(1) & "\"
Set xWs = Application.ActiveSheet
xWs.Cells(1, 1).Value = xPath
xWs.Cells(2, 1).Resize(1, 5).Value = Array("Path", "Dir", "Name", "Date Created", "Date Last Modified")
Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set folder1 = fso.getFolder(xPath)
getSubFolder folder1
xWs.Cells(2, 1).Resize(1, 5).Interior.Color = 65535
xWs.Cells(2, 1).Resize(1, 5).EntireColumn.AutoFit
Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub
Sub getSubFolder(ByRef prntfld As Object)
Dim SubFolder As Object
Dim subfld As Object
Dim xRow As Long
For Each SubFolder In prntfld.SubFolders
    xRow = Range("A1").End(xlDown).Row + 1
    Cells(xRow, 1).Resize(1, 5).Value = Array(SubFolder.Path, Left(SubFolder.Path, InStrRev(SubFolder.Path, "\")), SubFolder.Name, SubFolder.DateCreated, SubFolder.DateLastModified)
Next SubFolder
For Each subfld In prntfld.SubFolders
    getSubFolder subfld
Next subfld
End Sub

3. Then press F5 key to run this code, and a Choose the folder window will pop out, then you need to select the directory that you want to list the folder and subfolder names, see screenshot:


4. Click OK, and you will get the folder and subfolders path, directory, name, created date and last modified date in a new workbook, see screenshot:


Related article:

How to list files in a directory to worksheet in Excel?

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Hello, I don't want or need it to show all that information nor the subfolders nor the filenames & I especially don't want it to create a new file altogether! What I need is simply just the top level folder names only in a non changing directory. Because unfortunately people at my work don't comprehend the need for uniformity in naming folders & also they move folders into an old job folder ruining any possible easy excel function links.
Etc. Etc. Etc...
Thats all I need.
The Way that apparently everyone on the internet wants; darn near crashes excel &/or my work PC trying to list every bit of over 15,000 instances of every single unwanted file & subfolder for this query.
There's only about 40 Give-Or-Take folders w/in the directory.
I already have a way of determining if files are w/in as example folder2 or not.
I am trying to automate this away from my current solution which was creating a folder w/ a text file for each, named the exact name of each folder. But if someone adds moves renames or deletes a folder this no longer fully works. AND I absolutely do not want to use command prompt.
I want & need either an excel function or vba option that I can use in conjunction w/ other excel functions i have &/or create w/in the same document (different sheets are fine).
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Great work... It's very helpful for me, thanks very much
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Thank you, this is exactly what we needed to record the folders for our clients.
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Thank you very much for this usefull code. is that possible save result in same workbook not to new one ?
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This worked and how... Thank you so much. Just one addition-- at Step 3, I had to click on Step Into and then only did the F5 key work for choosing the folder.
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