Application.GetSaveAsFilename method (Excel)

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 A variable that represents an Application object.


Name Required/Optional Data type Description
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. Max length is 255 characters, otherwise the method returns Error 2015.
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.

Return value



This string passed in the FileFilter argument 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".

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.

When InitialFilename is used with an extension and a filter is applied, this extension must match the filter extension, otherwise the effective InitialFilename displayed in the dialog box will be an empty string.


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

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