MoveFile Method


Moves one or more files from one location to another.


object.MoveFile ( source, destination ); 


  • object
    Required. Always the name of a FileSystemObject.

  • source
    Required. The path to the file or files to be moved. The source argument string can contain wildcard characters in the last path component only.

  • destination
    Required. The path where the file or files are to be moved. The destination argument can't contain wildcard characters.


If source contains wildcards or destination ends with a path separator (\), it is assumed that destination specifies an existing folder in which to move the matching files. Otherwise, destination is assumed to be the name of a destination file to create. In either case, three things can happen when an individual file is moved:

  • If destination does not exist, the file gets moved. This is the usual case.

  • If destination is an existing file, an error occurs.

  • If destination is a directory, an error occurs.

An error also occurs if a wildcard character that is used in source doesn't match any files. The MoveFile method stops on the first error it encounters. No attempt is made to roll back any changes made before the error occurs.


This method allows moving files between volumes only if supported by the operating system.

The following example illustrates the use of the MoveFile method:

function MoveFile2Desktop(filespec)
   var fso;
   fso = new ActiveXObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject");
   fso.MoveFile(filespec, "c:\\windows\\desktop\\");
Sub MoveAFile(Drivespec)
   Dim fso
   Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
   fso.MoveFile Drivespec, "c:\windows\desktop\"
End Sub

Applies To:

FileSystemObject Object

See Also

CopyFile Method
DeleteFile Method
GetFile Method
GetFileName Method
Move Method
MoveFolder Method
OpenTextFile Method