File System Object

This is an additional library that offers clear, object-orientated access to all the common file and directory functions.
This object is not part of the Office library and requires you to add an additional reference to your project.

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Once the reference has been added you can use the Object Browser to find out more about the objects.
The Microsoft Scripting Runtime is a library that can be added to a Project using (Tools > References).
This library is located in C:\Windows\System32\scrrun.dll

Types of Objects

FileSystemObject - This is also a top level object used for accessing drives, folders and files.
Drive - This belongs to the Drives collection and refers to particular local or network drive.
Folder - This object refers to a particular folder.
File - This object refers to a particular file.
TextStream - This object refers to a stream of text that can be read from, written to or appended to a text file.
Dictionary - This is the top level object

FileSystemObject Object

The FileSystemObject object is the object that actually gives you access to a system's files using 27 methods and only one property.
When creating folders you must create them, one level at a time. You cannot create a folder and a subfolder at the same time.
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We won't try to define all of the methods, but we'll review a few as we use them in code examples a little later.
In addition, FileSystemObject is used to return an object that can create, read and edit text files (ASCII and Unicode).
Once you have a new instance of the FileSystemObject, you can work with drives, folders and files, which provide easy access to the file system and simplify the process of reading and writing to a text file.

Dim objFSOFileSystemObject As Scripting.FileSystemObject 
Set objFSOFileSystemObject = New Scripting.FileSystemObject

Dictionary Object

Dim objFSOFileSystemObject As Scripting.Dictionary 
Set objFSOFileSystemObject = New Scripting.Dictionary


Unfortunately the FileSystemObject is not suitable for working with binary data. For this you must use the traditional functions.

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