Adjusting a Path Based on System and User

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 21, 2020)

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Walter has a macro that he would like to run on different computers. The macro accesses a file whose name is the same on the different computers but the path to that file may be different. He wonders how he can, within the macro, identify the computer where the macro is running as well as the user running the macro so that the running macro can select the correct path to the file.

Perhaps the easiest way to discover this information is to use the Environ function, in VBA, to return environmental information from the operating system. Consider, for example, the following two lines:

sComputer = Environ("ComputerName")
sUser = Environ("UserName")

After running these two code lines, sComputer will contain the name of the computer system (as defined within Windows) and sUser the name of the user logged into the system. Both returned values are strings. With the information in hand, you could compare what is returned in order to set other variables based on the results.

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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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What is three more than 4?

2020-04-21 06:48:21

JMJ

@harold
At the beginning of your macro, you can use something like this:
CHDIR "C:\USERS\" & sUser & "\documents"


2015-06-18 07:11:56

harold

now that I have this information, how do I change the path to the personal folder on each individual computer when activating a macro from the ribbon?


2014-08-25 05:14:14

Sagar Kandhare

Hi Allen,

Thank you for your tips. Its quite helpfull for me, for creating application for more than 200 users.

Regards,
Sagar


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