Full File Name In Window Caption
This page describes how to put the full file name in the application and workbook window captions.
As a matter of personal preference, I like to see the full file name, qualified with drive and path information,
in the caption of the Excel application window and, if a window is not minimized or maximized, in the caption
of a worksheet window. This can be done with just a few lines of code in the ThisWorkbook code
module. It implements Application-Level Events to detect when a window is activated.
In order to work for all windows of all workbooks, you need to place the code in a workbook that is always open when
you are working in Excel. The Personal.xls workbook is well suited to this. Most people
has a Personal.xls that opens when Excel is started, but remains hidden. The most common
use of Personal.xls is to store VBA procedures that you want always available, but it is
also perfectly suited to the task here at hand.
Open the VBA Editor (ALT F11) and there, open the Project Window (CTRL R). Find your
Personal.xls workbook project and expand the treeview nodes under that project. Under the "Microsoft Excel Objects"
item, you should see an icon named "ThisWorkbook". Double-click that and paste the following code in the code module.
Private WithEvents App As Excel.Application
Private Sub App_WindowActivate(ByVal Wb As Workbook, ByVal Wn As Window)
Dim S As String
If Wb.FullName <> vbNullString Then
Application.Caption = Wb.FullName
Wn.Caption = Wb.FullName
Private Sub Workbook_Open()
Set App = Application
Now, save the Personal.xls workbook, and then close and restart Excel. You should see the full workbook file
name in the caption of the Excel Application Window as well as the individual sheet windows, as long as they are not minimized or maximized.
NOTE: The procedures and code described here will work in Excel 2007 and 2010, even thoung the personal workbook may be named
Personal.xlsm or Personal.xlsb. No changes are required to support these versions
||This page last updated: 9-April-2010.