# Get workbook path only

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

The result is a path *without* the filename like this: "C:\path\".

In this example, the goal is to get the workbook path *without workbook name*. The formula used to perform this task appears in cell E5:

At a high level, this formula works in 3 steps:

- Get the full path and filename
- Locate the opening square bracket ("[")
- Extract all text up to 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, and workbook name appears inclosed in square brackets, [workbook.xlsx].

### Locate the opening square bracket

The location of the opening square bracket ("[") is calculated with FIND like this

The FIND function returns the location of "[" (13) from which 1 is subtracted to get 12. We subtract 1 because we want to remove all text *starting with* the "[" that precedes the workbook name. Or, to put it the other way, we want to *extract* all text up to the "[".

### Extract path

In the previous step, we located the "]" at character 27, then stepped back to 12. This number is returned directly to the LEFT function as the *num_chars* argument. The *text* argument is again provided by the CELL function as described above:

The LEFT function returns the first 12 characters of *text* as the final result:

C:\examples\

### LET function improvement

The CELL function is called twice in the formula because we need the path twice, once for the FIND function to locate the opening square bracket ("["), and once for the LEFT function to extract all text before the "[".

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:

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

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