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How to open containing folder of current workbook in Microsoft Excel?

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2013-06-26

Supposing you need to open some documents in the same document folder of current open workbook, you will need to go through the Window Explorer to find out the folder and open the documents. Can we just click a button in Excel to open the containing folder of current workbook? Yes, the following tricks will be helpful:


arrow blue right bubble Open Containing folder of current workbook with formula

If we can get the saving path of current workbook, it will be easy to open its containing folder. Actually, we can get the saving path of current workbook with a formula easily.

Step 1: Select a blank cell, and enter =LEFT(CELL("filename"),FIND("[",CELL("filename"),1)-1), then you will get current workbook's saving path. See screen shot:

Step 2: Copy the saving path from the cell;

Step 3: In Window explorer, paste the saving path in address field at the top, and press Enter key. Then it opens the containing folder of current workbook.


arrow blue right bubble Open Containing folder with VBA

1. Click Alt+F11 to open a Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Click Insert > Module, and past the follow VBA code into the Module window.

3. Click Run  to running the VBA code.

The VBA code on opening containing folder:

Application.Dialogs(xlDialogOpen).Show ActiveWorkbook.Path


arrow blue right bubble Open containing folder of current workbook with Kutools for Excel

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After clicking the Enterprise > Workbook Tools > Open Containing Folder, it opens current workbook's containing folder. What's more, current workbook is selected in the document folder.

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