How to access local folder over network


New Member
Jul 23, 2010
Dear Experts,

i have an excel file that reads directory data from a certain folder. Since its in my local machine, it works great as required.

However, the problem now is that i am going to put the excel file in network drive so that my other colleague can access it too. its function will still be the same and that is to read data from my local drive.

The following is my code. Please kindly enlighten me as to how make my file read my local data across the network? Any kind of help will be greatly appreciated. I am using Excel 2003.


Sub getReleaseFolderName()
Dim xRow&, vSF
Dim yRow&, wSF
Dim xDirect$, InitialFoldr$
Dim itemNo As Integer
Dim folderNameCell

' Startup folder to begin searching from
InitialFoldr$ = "C:\Releases\Release 3\Releases"

'Confirm if the folder exists
Set FSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
If Not FSO.FolderExists(InitialFoldr$) Then
MsgBox InitialFoldr$ & " do not exists! Check Settings Worksheet.", vbExclamation, "Folder Do Not Exists"
xDirect$ = InitialFoldr$ & "\"
End If

'If the folder exists, look for files, subfolders and print out their name
If xDirect$ <> "" Then
With CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject").GetFolder(xDirect$)
For Each vSF In .SubFolders
Range("A11").Offset(xRow) = itemNo + 1
Range("B11").Offset(xRow) = vSF.DateCreated
Range("C11").Offset(xRow) = vSF.Name
With CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject").GetFolder(vSF)
For Each wSF In .Files
If wSF.Type = "Adobe Acrobat Document" Then
' Add hyperlinks to files
ActiveSheet.Hyperlinks.Add Anchor:=Range("D11").Offset(yRow), Address:= _
wSF, TextToDisplay:=wSF.Name
Range("D11").Offset(yRow) = wSF.Name
End If
yRow = yRow + 1
Next wSF
For Each wSF In .SubFolders
ActiveSheet.Hyperlinks.Add Anchor:=Range("D11").Offset(yRow), Address:= _
wSF, TextToDisplay:=wSF.Name
yRow = yRow + 1
Next wSF
End With
xRow = yRow
itemNo = itemNo + 1
Next vSF
End With
End If
End Sub
******* End Code*****
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Derek Brown

Well-known Member
Dec 26, 2005
Hello and welcome to The Board.
I believe that it is possible to set up a 'network share' but I have never come across that being used in a work environment. Personally I would not be too happy with that.
For what you want to do I would consider adding code to my workbook(s) to copy it to the network drive (where it would be accessible) wheneve I saved it.


Well-known Member
Jan 20, 2008
Use the excel data connections rather than the code pulling the data.

Create your raw data table, store it on the network. In your excel sheet click on the Data--> Connections Option. You can connect to SQL, Access, Excel, TXT files etc...

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