Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Determining the Current Directory.

Determining the Current Directory

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 2, 2018)

If you are programming macros in VBA, it is often helpful to know the directory that Windows feels is the current one. You can find out which directory is current by using the following syntax:

MyDir = CurDir

When this line is executed, MyDir (a string) will be equal to the full path of the current directory.

Understand that the path returned by CurDir is the path that Windows feels is the current directory, not the path that Excel feels is the current directory. In other words, CurDir won't return a path equal to the current path in which you are working with your workbooks. CurDir reflects the directory set using the ChDir command, which is detailed in a different ExcelTip.

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ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (9363) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Determining the Current Directory.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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