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Locating the My Documents Folder

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated September 2, 2020)
This tip applies to Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003


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When creating a macro, you may need to know the full path to the user's My Documents folder. The path can differ, based on the system and the user logged into the system. The easiest way to locate it is through the use of the Environ function, as shown here:

MsgBox Environ("userprofile") & "\My Documents"

This code line displays the full path (including the drive letter) in a message box. If you want to have the path assigned to a string variable instead, you can use this code line:

sMyPath = Environ("userprofile") & "\My Documents"

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WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (222) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Locating the My Documents Folder.

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Allen Wyatt

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2017-02-24 16:48:35

Alicia

Hi. I've tried adding the your recommended coding to designate the user's "my documents" path, but I'm having trouble knowing where int he macro to place your String.

Here is what I have, with just the file name.

Selection.InsertFile FileName:="DraftBox.docx", Range:="", _
ConfirmConversions:=False, Link=False, Attachment:=False


Where do I incorporate your coding: sMyPath = Environ("userprofile") & "\My Documents"

Thank you!!


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