Name statement

Renames a disk file, directory, or folder.

Syntax

Name oldpathname As newpathname


The Name statement syntax has these parts:

Part Description
oldpathname Required. String expression that specifies the existing file name and location; may include directory or folder, and drive.
newpathname Required. String expression that specifies the new file name and location; may include directory or folder, and drive. The file name specified by newpathname can't already exist.

Remarks

The Name statement renames a file and moves it to a different directory or folder, if necessary. Name can move a file across drives, but it can only rename an existing directory or folder when both newpathname and oldpathname are located on the same drive. Name cannot create a new file, directory, or folder.

Using Name on an open file produces an error. You must close an open file before renaming it. Name arguments cannot include multiple-character (*) and single-character (?) wildcards.

Example

This example uses the Name statement to rename a file. For purposes of this example, assume that the directories or folders that are specified already exist. On the Macintosh, "HD:" is the default drive name, and portions of the pathname are separated by colons instead of backslashes.

Dim OldName, NewName 
OldName = "OLDFILE": NewName = "NEWFILE" ' Define file names. 
Name OldName As NewName ' Rename file. 
 
OldName = "C:\MYDIR\OLDFILE": NewName = "C:\YOURDIR\NEWFILE" 
Name OldName As NewName ' Move and rename file. 

See also

Support and feedback

Have questions or feedback about Office VBA or this documentation? Please see Office VBA support and feedback for guidance about the ways you can receive support and provide feedback.