Visual Basic Code of the Week (COTW)
Issue #44
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In this Issue

This issue introduces a class for searching a directory and all its subdirectories for a particular file mask. This is similiar to the way the Find Files feature works in Windows 95.


There is one property and one method that are critical to using the cFindFiles class successfully.

Public Property Set StatusBox(txtStatus As Object)
Public Function FindFiles(sPath As String, sSearchMask As String) As Collection



FindFiles will return a collection of matching filenames based on the sPath and sSearchMask. If any errors occur they will be raised to the caller.


If you want to additional criteria, we have added comments to an area in FindFiles where you can insert them. Some examples might be to search for files over a certain size or older than a certain number of days. This is a feature that one of our subscribers specifically asked for. If you have any source code you are interested in seeing in Code of the Week, email us at

Sample Usage

This example shows how to use the cFindFiles class. It assumes you have a form with a label called lblStatus, a list box called lstFiles and two text boxes called txtPath and txtMask. txtPath will contain the path to start the search from (such as F:\ or C:\WINDOWS) and txtMask will be the file type to search for, such as *.txt or *.*

    Dim cFind As New cFindFiles
    Dim Files As Collection
    Dim sFile As Variant

    Set cFind.StatusBox = lblStatus   ' This is where the search path will be shown while searching
    Set Files = cFind.FindFiles(txtPath, txtMask, True)
    For Each sFile In Files
        lstFiles.AddItem sFile

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