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VBA Environ Functions

Environ Description

Returns the value of an operating system environment variable.

Simple Environ Examples

Sub Environ_Example()
    MsgBox Environ("UserName")
End Sub

This will returns the current user name logged in.

Sub Environ_Example()
    MsgBox Environ("ComputerName")
End Sub

This will returns the computer name.

Environ Syntax

In the VBA Editor, you can type  “Environ(” to see the syntax for the Environ Function:

The Environ function contains an argument:

Expression:  Name of an environment variable (string) or Numeric expression(1 to 255) corresponding to the numeric order of the environment string in the environment-string table.

Examples of Excel VBA Environ Function

MsgBox Environ(1)

Result: “ALLUSERSPROFILE=C:\ProgramData”

MsgBox Environ(0)

Result: Run-time Error ‘5’

MsgBox Environ(256)

Result: Run-time Error ‘5’

MsgBox Environ("AllUsersProfile")

Result: “C:\ProgramData”

To see all environment variables that is defined on your computer, you can use the following code.

Sub ListAllEnvironVariables()
    Dim strEnviron As String
    Dim VarSplit As Variant
    Dim i As Integer, nRow As Integer
    nRow = 1
    Range("A1").Value = "Index"
    Range("B1").Value = "Environment Variable Name"
    Range("C1").Value = "Environment Variable Value"
    Range("A1:C1").Font.Bold = True
    nRow = 2
    For i = 1 To 255
        strEnviron = Environ(i)
        If strEnviron <> "" Then
            VarSplit = Split(strEnviron, "=")
            Range("A" & nRow).Value = i
            Range("B" & nRow).Value = VarSplit(0)
            Range("C" & nRow).Value = VarSplit(1)
            nRow = nRow + 1
        End If
End Sub

Then, you can see all environment variables as following.

The result may vary by system. Because there are some custom environment variables besides the default environment variables.

For any string that doesn’t exist on the list of environment variables, it will return empty string(“”).

MsgBox Environ("MyEnviron")

Result: “”

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