How to: Programmatically Open Workbooks

The Workbooks collection in Microsoft Office Excel makes it possible to work with all open workbooks and to open workbooks.

Applies to: The information in this topic applies to document-level projects and application-level projects for Excel 2013 and Excel 2010. For more information, see Features Available by Office Application and Project Type.

To open an existing workbook

  • Use the Open method of the Workbooks collection, passing in the path to the workbook.


Compiling the Code

This code example requires the following:

  • A workbook named YourWorkbook.xls must exist in a directory named Test on drive C.

See Also


How to: Programmatically Open Text Files as Workbooks

How to: Programmatically Create New Workbooks

How to: Programmatically Save Workbooks

How to: Programmatically Close Workbooks


Working with Workbooks

Programmatic Limitations of Host Items and Host Controls

Optional Parameters in Office Solutions

Host Items and Host Controls Overview