Recently I’ve got something to work on with several excel files. More than 150 excel files generated by a web based application have to be merged into one file and then create a summary from it. Usually i did this by doing copy paste all values one at a time into a new empty spreadsheet, or copy to merge sheets to another excel files one by one. But yesterday my friend show me a simple way to combine or merge multiple excel files with macros inside Excel 2007 (edit macros with MS Visual Basic editor and no download required).
Although I’m not familiar with office macros, but i can use it easily by just write a simple xls file merger code on vb editor, change the working folder path and cell starter reference name inside the code to suit your reference, and then click RunSub. All excel (xls or xlsx) files inside working folder will be merged into current worksheet.
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For more detail, here’s what i did to merge multiple excel files with MS Excel 2007.
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Sub simpleXlsMerger() Dim bookList As Workbook Dim mergeObj As Object, dirObj As Object, filesObj As Object, everyObj As Object Application.ScreenUpdating = False Set mergeObj = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject") 'change folder path of excel files here Set dirObj = mergeObj.Getfolder("D:\change\to\excel\files\path\here") Set filesObj = dirObj.Files For Each everyObj In filesObj Set bookList = Workbooks.Open(everyObj) 'change "A2" with cell reference of start point for every files here 'for example "B3:IV" to merge all files start from columns B and rows 3 'If you're files using more than IV column, change it to the latest column 'Also change "A" column on "A65536" to the same column as start point Range("A2:IV" & Range("A65536").End(xlUp).Row).Copy ThisWorkbook.Worksheets(1).Activate 'Do not change the following column. It's not the same column as above Range("A65536").End(xlUp).Offset(1, 0).PasteSpecial Application.CutCopyMode = False bookList.Close Next End Sub
Range("B1:IV" & Range("B65536").End(xlUp).Row).Copy
If you set a new folder within the code, and then hit “F5″ or press SubRun button, the result will be added into current worksheet bellow the previous data. That’s mean it will not overwritten the last result but as another merge to previous merged data. In conclusion, you can spam change folder path and hit F5 to run the code in order to merge all files on provided folder into current worksheet. If you want to start new merge for multiple xls or xlsx files you have to clear the current worksheet, or create new file for merge. I hope there’s also a way to merge spreadsheet similar to this but for LibreOffice, since i also work on several ods files.
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