How To List All Files In Folder And Sub-folders Use Excel VBA

The following Excel VBA code can help you to list all files in folder and sub-folders into a worksheet.

VBA Code

Sub ListAllFilesInAllFolders()

    Dim MyPath As String, MyFolderName As String, MyFileName As String
    Dim i As Integer, F As Boolean
    Dim objShell As Object, objFolder As Object, AllFolders As Object, AllFiles As Object
    Dim MySheet As Worksheet
    On Error Resume Next
    'Select folder
    Set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
    Set objFolder = objShell.BrowseForFolder(0, "", 0, 0)
    If Not objFolder Is Nothing Then
        MyPath = objFolder.self.Path & "\"
        Exit Sub
       'MyPath = "G:\BackUp\"
    End If
    Set objFolder = Nothing
    Set objShell = Nothing
    'List all folders
    Set AllFolders = CreateObject("Scripting.Dictionary")
    Set AllFiles = CreateObject("Scripting.Dictionary")
    AllFolders.Add (MyPath), ""
    i = 0
    Do While i < AllFolders.Count
        Key = AllFolders.keys
        MyFolderName = Dir(Key(i), vbDirectory)
        Do While MyFolderName <> ""
            If MyFolderName <> "." And MyFolderName <> ".." Then
                If (GetAttr(Key(i) & MyFolderName) And vbDirectory) = vbDirectory Then
                    AllFolders.Add (Key(i) & MyFolderName & "\"), ""
                End If
            End If
            MyFolderName = Dir
        i = i + 1
    'List all files
    For Each Key In AllFolders.keys
        MyFileName = Dir(Key & "*.*")
        'MyFileName = Dir(Key & "*.PDF")    'only PDF files
        Do While MyFileName <> ""
            AllFiles.Add (Key & MyFileName), ""
            MyFileName = Dir
    'List all files in Files sheet
    For Each MySheet In ThisWorkbook.Worksheets
        If MySheet.Name = "Files" Then
            F = True
            Exit For
            F = False
        End If
    If Not F Then Sheets.Add.Name = "Files"

    'Sheets("Files").[A1].Resize(AllFolders.Count, 1) = WorksheetFunction.Transpose(AllFolders.keys)
    Sheets("Files").[A1].Resize(AllFiles.Count, 1) = WorksheetFunction.Transpose(AllFiles.keys)
    Set AllFolders = Nothing
    Set AllFiles = Nothing
End Sub

Cloumn A: Directory, Cloumn B: File Name

Line 49

AllFiles.Add (Key & MyFileName), ""


AllFiles.Add (MyFileName), Key

Line 69

Sheets("Files").[A1].Resize(AllFiles.Count, 1) = WorksheetFunction.Transpose(AllFiles.keys)


Sheets("Files").[A1].Resize(AllFiles.Count, 1) = WorksheetFunction.Transpose(AllFiles.Items)
Sheets("Files").[B1].Resize(AllFiles.Count, 1) = WorksheetFunction.Transpose(AllFiles.keys)

Others Useful Code

Get File Date

Do While MyFileName <> ""
    DateStamp = FileDateTime(key & MyFileName)
    AllFiles.Add (key & MyFileName), DateStamp
    MyFileName = Dir

Get File Size

Do While MyFileName <> ""
    MyFileSize = FileLen(Key & MyFileName)
    AllFiles.Add (MyFileName), MyFileSize
    MyFileName = Dir

How to Use This Macro

To use this macro, you can copy and paste it into a standard module:

  1. Activate the Visual Basic Editor by pressing ALT+F11.
  2. Right-click the project/workbook name in the Project window.
  3. Choose Insert -> Module.
    Insert Module
  4. Type or paste the code in the newly created module.
  5. Close the VBE widow.
  6. Select the range which you want to remove duplicate values.
  7. On the Developer tab, in the Code group, click Macros.
  8. Select the macro which you want to run, in this case we select GetUniqueValues, then click Run.


  1. John Moricone says

    Hi there:

    Someone at work created a similar worksheet and I’ve asked them for help but they are non responsive. I have not tried your VBA code but am wondering if it will do the following. If not, could you assist me.

    I would like the headers main folder / sub folder(s) / date last modified / filename (however I want the filename to be a hyper link to the actual document)

    Thank you.

  2. Suna D. says

    Hi, I want one very simple thing but related to what you have done. please assist.
    Code for selecting any excel file previously saved in a given folder and copy that file.

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  4. says

    This is brilliant and very close to what I am looking for. I am hoping to be able to tweak this to get it to capture a bit more information. If you are able to point me in the right direction I would be very grateful. I can of course manipulate the data post script but I was hoping to do it within the original code.

    What I need to achieve is:
    All content (i.e. empty folders, system files etc.)
    1. Full filepath including filename with extension
    2. File name without the extension
    3. File extension only

  5. Lusofreak says

    Yes! Yes! 😀

    This is what I was looking for and I will shout out your name if and when I finish the QR Code Templates for Powerwall DIYers (need the QR labels for cell identification).

    I was able to run the code untouched and afterwards hard code the file path, but if I want to abstract it, then I need first to save the macro (as it was always requesting the folder via dialog box)?

    Also, the code “cleans previously ALL cells” in the sheet, but would there be a way to keep the header (A1) since I already changed the cell from where it starts to fill to A2?

    Super thanks! Great Code!

  6. Lusofreak says

    Got it 🙂

    To keep the first row and start adding filenames from row 2 (or whatever you choose) change lines:
    Line 59:
    From: Sheets(“Files”).Cells.Delete
    To: Sheets(“Files”).Cells.Rows(“2:” & Rows.Count).ClearContents
    Line 69:
    From: Sheets(“Files”).[A1].Resize(AllFiles.Count, 1) = WorksheetFunction.Transpose(AllFiles.keys)
    To: Sheets(“Files”).[A2].Resize(AllFiles.Count, 1) = WorksheetFunction.Transpose(AllFiles.keys)

    Not sure if ExcelHowTo agrees 🙂

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  8. Baudolino says

    Hi, I’ve succesfully applied your code. I also made an adjustment to add entries from the next empty cell. Thus I’m able to create a list from different directories. Since I’m a total dummy where it comes to understanding VBA, I thought I’d use an expression in stead of a fixed value. But I seem to refer in a wrong way, because it doesn’t work 🙁
    Could you help me with this? Most grateful if you would!
    I made an adjustment in line 69 and created this prose:
    entryA = “A” & (Range(“A1”).End(xlDown).Row + 1)
    entryB = “B” & (Range(“B1”).End(xlDown).Row + 1)
    Sheets(“Inventarisatie”).[entryA].Resize(AllFiles.Count, 1) = WorksheetFunction.Transpose(AllFiles.keys)
    Sheets(“Inventarisatie”).[entryB].Resize(AllFiles.Count, 1) = WorksheetFunction.Transpose(AllFiles.Items)

    • Baudolino says

      I managed to solve the problem! I created the following lines:

      Sheets(“Inventarisatie”).Range(entryA).Resize(AllFiles.Count, 1) = WorksheetFunction.Transpose(AllFiles.keys)
      Sheets(“Inventarisatie”).Range(entryB).Resize(AllFiles.Count, 1) = WorksheetFunction.Transpose(AllFiles.Items)

      Thanks again for this code. My modification has made it possible to add listings from different directories into one listing

  9. JCstdio says

    thanks for the great code, I’ve made a change, so I can get only specific files, but it enters in an infinite loop in the FeatureFiles, here the code, any ideas?

    For Each Key In AllFolders.Keys
    NodeFiles = Dir(Key & “*Node*.html”)
    FeatureFiles = Dir(Key & “*Feature*.html”)

    Do While NodeFiles “”
    AllFiles.Add (Key & NodeFiles), “”
    NodeFiles = Dir
    Do While FeatureFiles “”
    AllFiles.Add (Key & FeatureFiles), “”
    FeatureFiles = Dir

  10. JCstdio says

    Ok, stupid thing,

    I have to put it this way, getting the FeatureFiles after the the NodeFiles Loop
    For Each Key In AllFolders.Keys
    NodeFiles = Dir(Key & “*Node*.html”)

    Do While NodeFiles “”
    AllFiles.Add (Key & NodeFiles), “”
    NodeFiles = Dir

    FeatureFiles = Dir(Key & “*Feature*.html”)
    Do While FeatureFiles “”
    AllFiles.Add (Key & FeatureFiles), “”
    FeatureFiles = Dir

    Now I have another Issue,

    I’m trying to return the AllFiles object as Object.

    I’m using it like that
    Function AllFiles() As Object
    ‘ All the code here

    End Function

    And calling it in a Sub like that

    Sub load_data()
    Files = AllFiles
    End Sub

    But I’m getting a “Wrong number of arguments or invalid property assignment

  11. alan says

    hey thanks for the code, it works great. can you please tell me, how can i make the filename to be a hyper link to the actual document?

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