Default Folder Location

David Simon

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Joined
Dec 16, 2004
Messages
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Hello,
I posted this question a month ago and didn't get any
(helpful) responses, so I'm trying again. It doesn't
seem like a difficult question.

I'm running Excel 2002 on Windows XP Professional.

Here's my situation:
I open an existing Excel file by clicking on it in Windows Explorer.
I then (in Excel) click "Save-As" to rename it.

My problem:
The folder location that the "Save-as" defaults to is the
default start-up folder location -- not the location
of the file I just opened.

In my old Excel (2000), the Save-as would default
to the same folder as the existing file.

How can I fix this?

Thanks in advance,
~David
 

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Damon Ostrander

MrExcel MVP
Joined
Feb 17, 2002
Messages
4,239
Hi David,

Yes, this is something that I've been annoyed with for some time, but I don't believe there is any built-in solution. So here are a couple workarounds:

1. If you want Excel to change the working folder to the path of the file you are opening, open it with the Excel File > Open menu rather than opening the file with a double-click. If the file is already open, you can go to File > Open, browse to the folder containing the file, and then Cancel. Even though cancelled, the file open operation will set the working folder.

2. You can make it so that a particular file will automatically on opening (even via double-click) change the default file path to its location using the code:

Private Sub Workbook_Open()
Application.DefaultFilePath = ThisWorkbook.Path
End Sub

This code must be placed in the workbook's ThisWorkbook event code module. To do this, right-click on the Excel icon on left end of the Excel Worksheet Menu Bar, select View Code, and paste this code into the Code pane.
 

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