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New Access Tip: Shell Function
By Richard Rost   Richard Rost on Facebook Richard Rost on Twitter Richard Rost on LinkedIn Email Richard Rost   11/25/2014 7:58:29 AM

In this Microsoft Access tip I'm going to show you how to use the SHELL function to open external programs (like Word, Excel, Acrobat, etc.) and load up files (documents, sheets, PDFs, etc.) to display.

TIP: MICROSOFT ACCESS SHELL FUNCTION

I cover this topic in a lot more depth in my new Microsoft Access Open Other Programs Seminar.

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abedkhan - 2/15/2015
Useful thing Who Does not know Visual basic Application Programming. Thank you Very Much...
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Marc S - 12/17/2014
BINGO that was is it not the full path. Thank you, seasons greetings.


Reply from Alex Hedley:

Glad you got it working :)
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Marc S - 12/16/2014
When I try shell function with acroRD32.exe I keep getting "Microsoft Visual Basic-Run-time error 53-File not found" error.  I can get shell to work with notepad.exe but not with adobe. Sounds like a missing dll according to a quick internet search but which one. Read More...
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Marc S - 12/4/2014
Hello,
I have two related questions.

1. Is there a way to tell the external program to open to a specified page in the document. (I would like Adobe to open a pdf to page x)

2. Is there a way to send an external file (pdf) directly to the printer AND  have the number of copies match a number field from access ? (for example print 28 copies of this worksheet with 28 being the number of students in a class) Read More...
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