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Excel - numbers - files

by attilacs74 / March 20, 2008 6:22 AM PDT

Hi Everybody,

I work with Excel sheets, where in one coloumn I have SKU (stock keeping unit) numbers. I have a folder with templates in it (a few hundreds), named by the SKU (these are Word docs) From the Excel sheet I have to check, if we have the certain SKU file in that folder, but I don't want to do it one by one, it would be very slow.
Is there an easier way to do it? I don't need to open those files, just to check if we have those files named by the SKU number.


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Checking files.
by Kees Bakker / March 20, 2008 7:41 PM PDT

In that folder in the command processor do dir > dir.txt.
Open dir.txt and copy the contents to a new column next to the SKU-column. Sort both columns the same way and compare, or use a vlookup-function to check. You might need a little bit of manipulation to get rid of ".doc".

Hope this helps.


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Checking files
by attilacs74 / March 26, 2008 5:34 AM PDT
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Thanks, but I don't know what is command processor. I almost do the same, simply opening the excel, minimize, so I could see only the SKU numbers (of course in order), then open the SKU folder, minimize as well. They're next to each other so I can easily ID if they match.

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Command Prompt
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 26, 2008 9:57 AM PDT
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Usually called the Command Prompt, found in Start > All Programs, (for XP), > Accessories > Command Prompt. This is a DOS like window and what should be displayed is something like;

C:\Documents and Settings\Username>
where Username is the name of your account.

Use DOS commands to change directory from the above to where your list of SKU files are stored eg;

cd.. {type in two periods after the d} returns the prompt to C:\Documents and Settings>

cd.. returns to the C prompt, C:\>

cd your folder

Then type dir.txt

This wil create a txt file in that folder called dir.txt which will list the contents of the folder and this you can manipulate into the Excel spreadsheet as Kees suggested.

I hope that helps.


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(NT) That certainly works also. Good job.
by Kees Bakker / March 26, 2008 5:47 PM PDT
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