VBA - working with data videos | How do I loop through worksheets in multiple closed workbooks in VBA?

Posted by Andrew Gould on 14 April 2021

Looping through the collection of worksheets in a workbook is a standard technique in Excel VBA and easy to accomplish when the workbook is open. Did you know that you can do the same thing when the workbook is closed? This video explains how to do this using the ActiveX Data Objects library. You'll learn how to loop through the Excel files in a folder, creating a connection to each file using an ActiveX Data Objects Connection object. You'll learn how to query the schema of each workbook to return a list of the worksheets and loop through this list to read the name of each sheet. You'll also learn how to create a recordset object and populate it with data using an SQL Select statement. As a bonus you'll learn about the SQL Union All statment to select data from multiple tables at the same time and how to add criteria to a query using the Where clause.

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This video has the following accompanying files:

File name Type Description
Loop Through Worksheets in Multiple Closed Workbooks.xlsm Excel workbook with macros
Movies 2011.xlsx Excel workbook
Movies 2012.xlsx Excel workbook
Movies 2013.xlsx Excel workbook
Movies 2014.xlsx Excel workbook
Movies 2015.xlsx Excel workbook
Movies 2016.xlsx Excel workbook

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Making a  video bigger

You can increase the size of your video to make it fill the screen like this:

View full screen

Play your video (the icons shown won't appear until you do), then click on the full screen icon which appears as shown at its bottom right-hand corner.


When you've finished viewing a video in full screen mode, just press the Esc key to return to normal view.

Improving the quality of a video

To improve the quality of a video, first click on the Settings icon:

Settings icon

Make sure you're playing your video so that the icons shown appear, then click on this gear icon at the bottom right-hand corner.


Choose to change the video quality:

Video quality

Click on Quality as shown to bring up the submenu.


The higher the number you choose, the better will be your video quality (but the slower the connection speed):

Connection speed

Don't choose the HD option unless you have a fast enough connection speed to support it!


Is your Wise Owl speaking too slowly (or too quickly)?  You can also use the Settings menu above to change your playback speed.

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