Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Renaming a File.

Renaming a File

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 29, 2014)

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Your macros can rename a file by using the Name command. This is a holdover from other versions of BASIC. The syntax is:

Name OldFile As NewFile

where OldFile is the name of the old file, and NewFile is the name of the new file. Both filenames must either be string variables or be enclosed in quotes. Both filenames can contain complete path names, but both must be on the same disk drive. If the path names differ, then the command also has the side benefit of apparently moving the file from one directory to another.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (3439) 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: Renaming a File.

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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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2014-04-01 12:58:16

Don

Very helpful. I had been doing this with two commands, FileCopy and Kill.

As a word of warning, the Name command (like FileCopy & Kill) will result in Run-time error '75' if the file is currently open.

If the need is to rename an open document (meaning the file with the old name or in the old directory no longer exists), then I suggest using the following
<file>.SaveAs FileName:=<newdir
ewfilename>
Kill <olddiroldfilename>


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