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GetSaveAsFilename Method [Excel 2003 VBA Language Reference]

Office 2003

Displays the standard Save As dialog box and gets a file name from the user without actually saving any files.

expression .GetSaveAsFilename(InitialFilename, FileFilter, FilterIndex, Title, ButtonText)

expression Required. An expression that returns an Application object.

InitialFilename   Optional Variant. Specifies the suggested file name. If this argument is omitted, Microsoft Excel uses the active workbook's name.

FileFilter   Optional Variant. A string specifying file filtering criteria.

This string consists of pairs of file filter strings followed by the MS-DOS wildcard file filter specification, with each part and each pair separated by commas. Each separate pair is listed in the Files of type drop-down list box. For example, the following string specifies two file filters, text and addin: "Text Files (*.txt), *.txt, Add-In Files (*.xla), *.xla".

To use multiple MS-DOS wildcard expressions for a single file filter type, separate the wildcard expressions with semicolons; for example, "Visual Basic Files (*.bas; *.txt),*.bas;*.txt".

If omitted, this argument defaults to "All Files (*.*),*.*".

FilterIndex   Optional Variant. Specifies the index number of the default file filtering criteria, from 1 to the number of filters specified in FileFilter. If this argument is omitted or greater than the number of filters present, the first file filter is used.

Title   Optional Variant. Specifies the title of the dialog box. If this argument is omitted, the default title is used.

ButtonText   Optional Variant. Macintosh only.


This method returns the selected file name or the name entered by the user. The returned name may include a path specification. Returns False if the user cancels the dialog box.

This method may change the current drive or folder.


This example displays the Save As dialog box, with the file filter set to text files. If the user chooses a file name, the example displays that file name in a message box.

fileSaveName = Application.GetSaveAsFilename( _
    fileFilter:="Text Files (*.txt), *.txt")
If fileSaveName <> False Then
    MsgBox "Save as " & fileSaveName
End If

Applies to | Application Object

See Also | GetOpenFilename Method | Save Method | SaveAs Method