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FileSystemObject.MoveFile method

Table of contents
  1. Syntax
  2. Remarks
  3. Example

Moves one or more files from one location to another.


object.MoveFile source, destination

The MoveFile method syntax has these parts:

Part Description
object Required. Always the name of a FileSystemObject.
source Required. The path to the file or files to be moved. The source argument string can contain wildcard characters in the last path component only.
destination Required. The path where the file or files are to be moved. The destination argument can't contain wildcard characters.


If source contains wildcards or destination ends with a path separator (****), it is assumed that destination specifies an existing folder in which to move the matching files. Otherwise, destination is assumed to be the name of a destination file to create. In either case, three things can happen when an individual file is moved:

  • If destination does not exist, the file gets moved. This is the usual case.
  • If destination is an existing file, an error occurs.
  • If destination is a directory, an error occurs.

An error also occurs if a wildcard character that is used in source doesn't match any files. The MoveFile method stops on the first error it encounters. No attempt is made to roll back any cMove methodhanges made before the error occurs.


The following example moves a file to another folder.

Sub MoveFileDemo()
    Dim fso
    Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
    fso.MoveFile "D:\testfile.txt", "D:\MyFolder\"
End Sub

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