How to Get filename in Excel

In this article, we will learn How to Get filename in Excel.


Working with excel file information using excel formula is easy, convenient and common use. For example extracting the file name in excel

Formula to get file name 

Cell function in Excel gets you the information regarding worksheets like col, contents, filename, ..etc.

Formula Syntax


“filename” : gets the full name of the sheet of the reference cell

A1 : Sheet’s  cell reference

But we need to extract just the sheet name. Basically the last name.

As you can see the sheet name starts after ] (closed big bracket sign). For that we just need its position in the text and then we will extract the sheet name.

Here I counted the characters from the last of the result which was 12. But we cannot do this every time.

So for extracting the sheet name from the full name, we need to find the position of the ] (closed big bracket sign)

Use the formula to find ]


58 is the position of ] .

Now we our formula is completed now



CELL("filename",A1) : Gets you the full name of the worksheet

FIND("]",CELL("filename",A1))+1 : this function gets you the position of ] and add +1 because we need the position of the first char of only the sheet name.

255 : Max word limit of sheet name by Excel.

MID : MID function extracts the specific substring from the text using the position from start to end.

Here we extracted the filename using the formula.

Now we have one more formula, instead of using MID function. Use the RIGHT function.

RIGHT function extracts the specific substring from the last of the text.

Use the formula:

=RIGHT(CELL("filename",A2),LEN(CELL("filename",A2))-FIND("]", CELL("filename",A2)))


FIND("]", CELL("filename",A2)) : Extracts the position of sheet name char.

LEN(CELL("filename",A2)) : gets the length of the text(filename)

RIGHT : RIGHT function extracts the string from the text using its position.

As you can see, this function works fine too. Yesss...Now we have 2 different formula with logic used to extract only the sheet name. Learn How to get only the sheet name using VBA in Excel here.

VBA example

We have data in three sheets and we want to consolidate data from all of them to the main sheet. Data from each sheet should have a sheet name at the end.

On clicking the “Consolidate data along with sheet name” button, data will be consolidated on the main sheet.

Code explanation

SheetCount = Application.Worksheets.Count

The above code is used to get the count of worksheet within the workbook.

LastRow = ActiveCell.SpecialCells(xlLastCell).Row

The above code is used to get the row number of the last cell.

Range("A2:F" & LastRow).Select

The above code is used to select all the data starting from cell A2.


The above code is used to copy the selected data.

Range(Selection, Cells(LastRow, 7)).Value = Sheets(Counter).Name

The above code is used to assign the sheet name to the selected cell.

Please use the below code


Option Explicit

Sub ConsolidateDataWithSheetName()

'Declaring variables
Dim Counter As Integer
Dim SheetCount As Integer
Dim LastRow As Long

'Disabling screen updates
Application.ScreenUpdating = False

'Getting the count of worksheets in the workbook
SheetCount = Application.Worksheets.Count

For Counter = 2 To SheetCount
        'Getting the row number of the last cell
        LastRow = ActiveCell.SpecialCells(xlLastCell).Row
        'Selecting all the data in the workbook
        Range("A2:F" & LastRow).Select
        'Copying the selected data
        LastRow = ActiveCell.SpecialCells(xlLastCell).Row
        LastRow = LastRow + 1
        'Pasting the copied data to last row on the Main sheet
        Cells(LastRow, 1).Select
        Cells(LastRow, 7).Select
        LastRow = ActiveCell.SpecialCells(xlLastCell).Row
        'Adding the sheet name along with the data
        Range(Selection, Cells(LastRow, 7)).Value = Sheets(Counter).Name

End Sub

Here are all the observational notes using the formula in Excel
Notes :


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