VBA-Excel weird behaviour on SaveAs Dialog - Read On - SOLVED but sad

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The default filename is HomeServicesSKUMAP.csv


I thought it was a data type issue, then I started trying different combinations such as "H", "Ho", "Hom" and finally "Home".  With the exception of "Home", all the others worked.  Putting a prefix before "Home" worked. 


After running the code through ChatGPT a few times and it cleaned up a couple of issues, it put it down to "Home" being a reserved word. 


This is the only explanation that makes sense, but yikes it is a variable name, how does that play into showing or not showing the default file name - but it does.


Seems like it is not a big deal to change the filename, however this filename has existed in feeder systems and now they will have to change, so not that great when you are on a strict development budget.

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I've been developing VBA code for over 25 years and have never heard of "Home" being a reserved word.

@Jan Karel Pieterse 

Hey Jan. Thanks for getting back to me and yes it seems very weird given it is inside a variable and not a command/function of any kind.  I really hope it is me.  Just some quick background.  The code snippet uses a field from a spreadsheet, but you can use a literal and see the same result.

This works fine, "H.csv", "Ho.csv", Hom.csv", even something like "myprefix_HomeServicesSKUMAP.csv" works.  Just not anything that begins with "Home".


Essentially, the initial filename does not show if "Home" is the first four characters - makes no sense to me.


Sub ExportToCSVFile()
Dim src_ws As Worksheet
Dim create_csv As Worksheet
Dim rng As Range
Dim cell As Range
Dim rowIndex As Long
Dim colIndex As Long
Dim line As String
Dim delimiter As String
Dim csv_fileName As String
Dim expFile As Variant
Dim stream As Object ' ADODB.Stream
Dim currentUser As String
Dim spDirectory As String
Dim extractedCount As Integer
Dim outputSelection As String
Dim colMax As Integer
Dim filePath As Variant

On Error GoTo ErrorHandler

' Set the maximum number of columns to extract
colMax = 3

' Set the worksheet location for the input variables
Set create_csv = ThisWorkbook.Sheets("Create_CSVs")

' Set the worksheet name
Dim balloonToHelium_ws As String
balloonToHelium_ws = "BalloonToHeliumSKU"

' Get the file name

' you can substitute csv_fileName = "HomeServicesSKUMap.csv"
csv_fileName = create_csv.Range("B3").Value & ".csv" 

' Ensure the file name is not empty
If Trim(csv_fileName) = ".csv" Then
   MsgBox "File name cannot be empty.", vbExclamation
   Exit Sub
End If

' Get the output selection
outputSelection = create_csv.Range("B7").Value

' Set the name of the worksheet that holds the data for export
Set src_ws = ThisWorkbook.Sheets(balloonToHelium_ws)

' Define the file path for the CSV file
If outputSelection = "My Choice" Then
   filePath = Application.GetSaveAsFilename(InitialFileName:=csv_fileName, FileFilter:="CSV Files (*.csv), *.csv")
' Check if user cancelled the Save As dialog
If filePath = False Then

      Exit Sub
Else ' assume we have a SharePoint location chosen. B8 is the SP location
    currentUser = Environ("USERNAME")
    spDirectory = create_csv.Range("B8").Value
    filePath = "C:\Users\" & currentUser & "\OneDrive - your company\" & spDirectory & "\" &      csv_fileName
End If

' Define the range
Set rng = src_ws.UsedRange ' Adjust as needed

' Define the custom delimiter
delimiter = ","

' Create the ADODB.Stream object
Set stream = CreateObject("ADODB.Stream")
stream.Type = 2 ' Specify stream type - we want to save text/string data.
stream.Charset = "UTF-8" ' Specify charset for the source text data.

' Open the stream
extractedCount = 0

' Loop through each row in the range - ignore rows 1 through 6
For rowIndex = 7 To rng.Rows.Count
line = ""
If rng.Cells(rowIndex, 1).Value <> "" Then
' Loop through each column in the row - only want first 'colMax' columns
For colIndex = 1 To colMax
' Get the cell value
Set cell = rng.Cells(rowIndex, colIndex)
line = line & cell.Value & IIf(colIndex < colMax, delimiter, "")
Next colIndex
' Write the line to the stream and add <CR><LF> at the end of the record
stream.WriteText line & vbCrLf
extractedCount = extractedCount + 1
End If
Next rowIndex

' Save the stream to the file
stream.SaveToFile filePath, 2 ' 2 = adSaveCreateOverWrite

' Close the stream

' Notify the user that the export is complete
MsgBox "File " & csv_fileName & " has been exported to " & filePath & " directory." & vbCrLf & "Rows extracted = " & extractedCount, vbInformation

Exit Sub

If Not stream Is Nothing Then
If stream.State = 1 Then stream.Close ' Ensure the stream is closed if an error occurs
End If
MsgBox "An unexpected error occurred: " & Err.Description & " (Error Number: " & Err.Number & ")", vbCritical
End Sub


@NotSoFastEddie Perhaps you can use this function instead of GetSaveAsFileName?

Function GetAFileName(initialName As String)
    Dim fd As FileDialog
    Dim i As Long
    Set fd = Application.FileDialog(msoFileDialogSaveAs)
    With fd
        .InitialFileName = initialName
        For i = 1 To .Filters.Count
            If LCase(.Filters(i).Description) Like "csv (comma delimited)*" Then
                .FilterIndex = i
                Exit For
            End If
        If .Show Then
            GetAFileName = .SelectedItems(1)
        End If
    End With
End Function
Thanks Jan, I will give it a try