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How to run a macro at same time across multiple workbook files?

This article, I will talk about how to run a macro across multiple workbook files at the same time without opening them. The following method can help you to solve this task in Excel.

Run a macro at same across multiple workbooks with VBA code

Run a macro at same across multiple workbooks with VBA code

To run a macro across multiple workbooks without opening them, please apply the following VBA code:

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

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

VBA code: Run the same macro on multiple workbooks at same time:

Sub LoopThroughFiles()
    Dim xFd As FileDialog
    Dim xFdItem As Variant
    Dim xFileName As String
    Set xFd = Application.FileDialog(msoFileDialogFolderPicker)
    If xFd.Show = -1 Then
        xFdItem = xFd.SelectedItems(1) & Application.PathSeparator
        xFileName = Dir(xFdItem & "*.xls*")
        Do While xFileName <> ""
            With Workbooks.Open(xFdItem & xFileName)
                'your code here
            End With
            xFileName = Dir
    End If
End Sub

Note: In the above code, please copy and paste your own code without the Sub heading and End Sub footer between the With Workbooks.Open(xFdItem & xFileName) and End With scripts. See screenshot:

doc run macro multiple files 1

3. Then press F5 key to execute this code, and a Browse window is displayed, please select a folder which contains the workbooks that you want to all apply this macro, see screenshot:

doc run macro multiple files 2

4. And then click OK button, the desired macro will be executed at once from one workbook to others.

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    Iulia Curtman · 3 months ago
    Very useful macro, and it works fine, but I would like to be able to select which files from that folder I want the macro to be ran on? The files are not generated automatically in a separate folder, and I need to run different macros on each set of files from that folder, and then move them back in the initial folder.