Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Microsoft 365. 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: Saving All Open Workbooks.

Saving All Open Workbooks

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated March 7, 2020)
This tip applies to Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Microsoft 365


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If you work with lots of workbooks open at the same time, you know that it can be a pain to go through and save each of the open workbooks, in turn. Wouldn't it be great to have a single command that allowed you to save all the open workbooks, without the need to do it manually?

Unfortunately, there isn't such a command in the versions of Excel that use the ribbon interface, but you can create one using a macro. The following is a good example of one you could use:

Sub SaveAll()
    Dim Wkb As Workbook
    For Each Wkb In Workbooks
        If Not Wkb.ReadOnly And Windows(Wkb.Name).Visible Then
            Wkb.Save
        End If
    Next
End Sub

Save the macro in your Personal workbook, assign it to the Quick Access Toolbar or a shortcut key, and you can call it up as often as you like. It saves all the workbooks that are open, except those that are read-only or hidden.

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ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (11079) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Microsoft 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Saving All Open Workbooks.

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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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2021-04-16 03:14:23

Alan Elston

Hello Anna …
.. You can use the Workbook.SaveAs-Method …
…. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office/vba/api/excel.workbook.saveas
…. In place of the Workbook.Save-Method (…
…. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office/vba/api/excel.workbook.save ... )
….
… In that method, the first argument, FileName:= , would be the full path and file name of your file …

… So instead of …
… Wkb.Save …
… you would do like
… Wkb.SaveAs Filename:="C:\Users\Elston\Desktop" & "\" & Wkb.Name …

… Obviously you will need to change that first path bit to suit the location you want to save the file in. In that example, the file would be saved on my desktop


…. Alan Elston


2021-04-15 18:17:22

Anna

Thanks for the tip! However, how can you save all the opened workbooks to a specific location?


2020-03-08 21:01:21

Walter

I had multiple workbooks open in Excel 2010 and the Sub SaveAll() didn't work for me.

The following simple macro does the trick for me.
It prompts to save if changes were made in a workbook and also prompts with warning messages if need be.

Sub Close_all_Workbooks()
Workbooks.Close
End Sub

it also worked in Excel 2019, where the workbooks are open and multiple instances of Excel.

It's fairly simple and you may need to embellish it to do all of the things you would like.


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