# Get workbook name and path without sheet

=SUBSTITUTE(LEFT(CELL("filename",A1),FIND("]",CELL("filename",A1))-1),"[","")

To get the name and path of the current workbook *without* a sheet name, you can use a formula based on the CELL function, together with the LEFT function, the FIND function, and the SUBSTITUTE function. In the example shown, the formula in E5 is:

=SUBSTITUTE(LEFT(CELL("filename",A1),FIND("]",CELL("filename",A1))-1),"[","")

The result is a path and filename like this: "C:\path\workbook.xlsx".

*Note: the CELL function is called twice in the formula because we need the path twice, once for the FIND function to locate the "]", and once for the SUBSTITUTE function to remove the "]". In Excel 365, the LET function makes it possible to call CELL just once, as explained below. The CELL function will not return a value for filename until the workbook is saved. CELL is a volatile function and can cause performance problems in larger or more complicated worksheets. *

In this example, the goal is to get the workbook name and path *without* the sheet name included. The formula in E5 is:

=SUBSTITUTE(LEFT(CELL("filename",A1),FIND("]",CELL("filename",A1))-1),"[","")

At a high level, this formula works in 4 steps:

- Get the full path and filename
- Locate the closing square bracket ("]")
- Remove sheet name and "]"
- Remove the opening square bracket ("]")

### Get path and filename

To get the path and file name, we use the CELL function like this:

CELL("filename",A1) // get path and filename

The *info_type* argument is "filename" and *reference* is A1. The cell reference is arbitrary and can be any cell in the worksheet. The result is a full path like this as text:

C:\examples\[workbook.xlsx]Sheet1

Note the sheet name("Sheet1") appears at the end.

### Locate the closing square bracket

The location of the closing square bracket ("]") is calculated like this

The FIND function returns the location of "]" (27) from which 1 is subtracted to get 26. We subtract 1 because we want to remove all text *starting with* the "]" that follows the filename.

### Remove sheet name

In the previous step, we located the "]" at character 27, then stepped back to 26. This number is returned directly to the LEFT function as the *num_chars* argument. The *text* argument is again provided by the CELL function:

LEFT("C:\examples\[workbook.xlsx]Sheet1",26)

The LEFT function returns the first 26 characters of *text*.

`C:\examples\[workbook.xlsx`

At this point, LEFT has effectively removed the sheet name, but notice the opening square bracket "[" remains.

### Remove opening square bracket

The result from LEFT is returned to the SUBSTITUTE function as the *text* argument:

=SUBSTITUTE("C:\examples\[workbook.xlsx","[","")

SUBSTITUTE is configured to remove the opening square bracket by setting *old_text* to "[" and *new_text* to an empty string (""). The final result returned by SUBSTITUTE is:

C:\examples\workbook.xlsx

### LET function improvement

In Excel 365, the LET function makes it possible to declare and assign variables inside a formula. With LET, the formula above can be streamlined somewhat by declaring and defining a "path" just one time like this:

=LET(path,CELL("filename",A1),SUBSTITUTE(LEFT(path,FIND("]",path)-1),"[",""))

The formula logic is the same as explained above, but the CELL function is used just once.

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