How Do I Install Microsoft Scripting Runtime in VBA?


Heather Bennett

Installing the Microsoft Scripting Runtime in VBA is a straightforward process that allows you to utilize powerful scripting capabilities in your VBA projects. The Microsoft Scripting Runtime library provides access to the FileSystemObject, which enables you to interact with files and folders on your computer.

Step 1: Enable the Developer Tab

Before we begin, make sure that the Developer tab is enabled in your Excel application. To do this, right-click on any of the existing tabs (e.g., Home, Insert) and select “Customize the Ribbon.” In the Excel Options window that appears, check the box next to “Developer” under the Main Tabs section and click “OK.”

Step 2: Open the Visual Basic Editor

To open the Visual Basic Editor (VBE), navigate to the Developer tab and click on “Visual Basic” or press “Alt + F11” on your keyboard. This will launch the VBE window.

Step 3: Add a Reference to Microsoft Scripting Runtime

In the VBE window, go to “Tools” > “References.” This will open a References dialog box containing a list of available libraries that you can reference in your VBA project.

Note: The libraries available may vary depending on your version of Excel or other Office applications.

In the References dialog box, scroll down until you find “Microsoft Scripting Runtime” in the list. Make sure its checkbox is checked, then click “OK.”

Step 4: Utilizing FileSystemObject

After adding a reference to Microsoft Scripting Runtime, you can now use FileSystemObject in your VBA code. The FileSystemObject provides various methods and properties for working with files and folders.

Here’s an example of how to use the FileSystemObject:

Sub Example()
    Dim fso As Scripting.FileSystemObject
    Dim folder As Scripting.Folder
    Dim file As Scripting.File
    Set fso = New Scripting.FileSystemObject
    Set folder = fso.GetFolder("C:\MyFolder")
    ' Loop through each file in the folder
    For Each file In folder.Files
        Debug.Print file.Name
    Next file
    ' Clean up objects
    Set file = Nothing
    Set folder = Nothing
    Set fso = Nothing
End Sub

Step 5: Save and Test Your Code

Once you have written your VBA code utilizing the Microsoft Scripting Runtime library, save your project and test it out. You should now be able to interact with files and folders using the FileSystemObject.


The Microsoft Scripting Runtime library is a valuable addition to your VBA projects that allows you to perform various tasks related to files and folders. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can easily install and utilize this powerful library in your VBA code.

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