VBA Check IF a Workbook is Open (Excel File)

Last Updated: June 22, 2023

- Written by Puneet

To check if a workbook is open using a VBA code, you need to use FOR EACH loop that can loop through all the workbooks that are open at the moment and verify each workbook’s name with the name you have mentioned. You can use a message box to get the result of the loop. Or you can also make the code to enter the result in a cell.


  1. First, you need to declare variables to use in the code to create a loop.
    create a loop
  2. Use an input box to get the name of the workbook that you wish to search for.
    use an input box
  3. Start the loop to loop through all the open workbooks.
    start the loop to loop
  4. Write code with IF STATEMENT to verify the name of the workbook with the name you have entered in the input box, and once the name matches, activates the workbook, show a message box that workbook is found, and exit the procedure.
    code with if statement
  5. In the end, end the loop and use a message box to show a message box if nothing has been found.
    end the loop and use a message box

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Here’s the full code.

Sub vba_check_workbook()

Dim WB As Workbook
Dim myWB As String

myWB = InputBox(Prompt:="Enter the workbook name.")

For Each WB In Workbooks
    If WB.Name = myWB Then
        MsgBox "Workbook Found!"
        Exit Sub
    End If
Next WB

MsgBox "Not Found"

End Sub