Macro to Bring Tab from Another File

Copper Contributor

Hello all,

I’m fairly new to macros and I have a complicated one that I’m trying to build.


Every month I bring into a master file 1 specific tab from 19 different files. The source files are all saved in the same file path but their names change each month. They each have one tab with a unique name i.e. one file has a tab called 111, the other file has a tab called 112, and so on. 

I have a master file for which I need to bring in those specific tabs. I do this by deleting the tabs from the master file that I brought in last month(there are other tabs on the master file) and opening each new source file and right click copy on the tab and copy it into the master file. I have to bring the entire tab because it’s got lots of formatting and a specific layout so I don’t want to use codes that simply copy and paste the data. I’m hoping to bring the entire tab. 


I’m trying to build a macro that I can run on an open workbook without stating the specific name or file path because my master file is in a different location and has a different name each month. So I just want to run the macro on the open file to delete tabs 111, 112 and so on and then have it go into this specific folder which doesn’t change and look in those files (which names vary ea. month) for tab 111, 112, 113 and so on in that specific order and bring them into the master file. 


Any guidance is appreciated!!

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To accomplish this task, you will need a VBA macro that can handle the following tasks:

  1. Delete the old tabs from the master file.
  2. Open each source file in a specific directory.
  3. Copy the required tab from each source file to the master file.

Here is a detailed VBA script that should help you achieve this:

Step-by-Step Guide

1. Open Excel:

  • Open your master workbook in Excel.

2. Access the VBA Editor:

  • Press Alt + F11 to open the VBA editor.
  • Go to Insert > Module to create a new module.

3. Copy and Paste the VBA Code:

  • Copy the following VBA code into the new module:

Vba Code is untested backup your file first and then run the code.

Sub UpdateMasterFile()
    Dim masterWorkbook As Workbook
    Dim sourceWorkbook As Workbook
    Dim sourcePath As String
    Dim sourceFile As String
    Dim tabNames As Variant
    Dim i As Integer
    Dim found As Boolean
    ' Set your master workbook
    Set masterWorkbook = ThisWorkbook
    ' Define the path to the source files
    sourcePath = "C:\Path\To\Your\Source\Files\" ' Change this to your source files path
    ' List of tab names to be copied
    tabNames = Array("111", "112", "113", "114", "115", "116", "117", "118", "119", "120", "121", "122", "123", "124", "125", "126", "127", "128", "129")
    ' Delete existing tabs in master workbook
    On Error Resume Next
    For i = LBound(tabNames) To UBound(tabNames)
        Application.DisplayAlerts = False
        Application.DisplayAlerts = True
    Next i
    On Error GoTo 0
    ' Loop through each file in the source folder
    sourceFile = Dir(sourcePath & "*.xls*")
    Do While sourceFile <> ""
        ' Open the source workbook
        Set sourceWorkbook = Workbooks.Open(sourcePath & sourceFile)
        ' Copy each specified tab to the master workbook
        For i = LBound(tabNames) To UBound(tabNames)
            found = False
            On Error Resume Next
            If Not sourceWorkbook.Sheets(tabNames(i)) Is Nothing Then
                sourceWorkbook.Sheets(tabNames(i)).Copy After:=masterWorkbook.Sheets(masterWorkbook.Sheets.Count)
                found = True
            End If
            On Error GoTo 0
            If found Then Exit For ' Exit loop if tab is found and copied
        Next i
        ' Close the source workbook without saving
        sourceWorkbook.Close False
        ' Get the next file in the directory
        sourceFile = Dir
    MsgBox "Tabs have been updated successfully.", vbInformation
End Sub


1. Set the Master Workbook:

  • The masterWorkbook variable is set to the current workbook (the one running the macro).

2. Define the Source Path:

  • Change sourcePath to the directory where your source files are stored.

3. List of Tab Names:

  • tabNames is an array of tab names you want to copy from the source files.

4. Delete Existing Tabs:

  • The macro loops through each tab name in tabNames and deletes them from the master workbook if they exist.

5. Loop Through Source Files:

  • The macro uses the Dir function to loop through all Excel files in the source directory.
  • For each source file, it opens the workbook, copies the specified tabs, and then closes the workbook without saving.

6. Copy Tabs:

  • For each tab name in tabNames, the macro tries to copy the tab from the source workbook to the master workbook.

7. Close Source Workbook:

  • The source workbook is closed without saving after copying the required tabs.

8. Completion Message:

  • A message box is displayed once the process is complete.

Running the Macro

  • To run the macro, go back to Excel, press Alt + F8, select UpdateMasterFile, and click Run.


  • Ensure the source files and the master file are closed when running the macro to avoid conflicts.
  • The source files should have a consistent naming convention or be in the same directory as specified.
  • Adjust the sourcePath to the correct path of your source files.

This script automates the entire process, so you do not need to manually open each source file. The text, steps and code were created with the help of AI.


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