Kill Statement

This page is specific to the Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) Language Reference for Office 2010.

Deletes files from a disk.


Kill pathname

The required pathname argument is a string expression that specifies one or more file names to be deleted. The pathname may include the directory or folder, and the drive.


In Microsoft Windows, Kill supports the use of multiple-character (*) and single-character (?) wildcards to specify multiple files. However, on the Macintosh, these characters are treated as valid file name characters and can't be used as wildcards to specify multiple files.

Since the Macintosh doesn't support the wildcards, use the file type to identify groups of files to delete. You can use the MacID function to specify file type instead of repeating the command with separate file names. For example, the following statement deletes all TEXT files in the current folder.

Kill MacID("TEXT") 

If you use the MacID function with Kill in Microsoft Windows, an error occurs.

An error occurs if you try to use Kill to delete an open file.


To delete directories, use the RmDir statement.


This example uses the Kill statement to delete a file from a disk.

' Assume TESTFILE is a file containing some data. 
Kill "TestFile" ' Delete file. 
' Delete all *.TXT files in current directory. 
Kill "*.TXT"