VBA Code to search for a string through multiple workbooks


The great Allen Wyatt has posted visual basic code here which will allow you to search through multiple workbooks for a string.

It's very easy to edit the code to suit your purposes. Simply paste the below code in a new module, and then list the path containing your workbooks in the line beginning, strPath, and your search term in the line beginning, strSearch.

This macro will generate results showing the exact location of the hits by workbook, worksheet, and cell, and also all text in the cell in which the string appears.

Sub SearchFolders() Dim fso As Object Dim fld As Object Dim strSearch As String Dim strPath As String Dim strFile As String Dim wOut As Worksheet Dim wbk As Workbook Dim wks As Worksheet Dim lRow As Long Dim rFound As Range Dim strFirstAddress As String

On Error GoTo ErrHandler Application.ScreenUpdating = False

'Change as desired strPath = "C:\FooFolder\baseball\xls" strSearch = "ruthba01"

Set wOut = Worksheets.Add lRow = 1 With wOut .Cells(lRow, 1) = "Workbook" .Cells(lRow, 2) = "Worksheet" .Cells(lRow, 3) = "Cell" .Cells(lRow, 4) = "Text in Cell" Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject") Set fld = fso.GetFolder(strPath)

strFile = Dir(strPath & "\*.xls*") Do While strFile <> "" Set wbk = Workbooks.Open _ (Filename:=strPath & "\" & strFile, _ UpdateLinks:=0, _ ReadOnly:=True, _ AddToMRU:=False)

For Each wks In wbk.Worksheets Set rFound = wks.UsedRange.Find(strSearch) If Not rFound Is Nothing Then strFirstAddress = rFound.Address End If Do If rFound Is Nothing Then Exit Do Else lRow = lRow + 1 .Cells(lRow, 1) = wbk.Name .Cells(lRow, 2) = wks.Name .Cells(lRow, 3) = rFound.Address .Cells(lRow, 4) = rFound.Value End If Set rFound = wks.Cells.FindNext(After:=rFound) Loop While strFirstAddress <> rFound.Address Next

wbk.Close (False) strFile = Dir Loop .Columns("A:D").EntireColumn.AutoFit End With MsgBox "Done"

ExitHandler: Set wOut = Nothing Set wks = Nothing Set wbk = Nothing Set fld = Nothing Set fso = Nothing Application.ScreenUpdating = True Exit Sub

ErrHandler: MsgBox Err.Description, vbExclamation Resume ExitHandler End Sub


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