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Beginning Access™ 2007 VBA by Denise Gosnell

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7.7. E-mails and Outlook

One way you can send an e-mail from VBA code is using the SendObject method, as shown here:

DoCmd.SendObject ObjectType, ObjectName, OutputFormat, To, Cc, Bcc, Subject, MessageText, EditMessage, TemplateFile

The ObjectType, ObjectName, and OutputFormat parameters are used to specify a file created from the database to include as an attachment. Remember that earlier I said you had exported the tblEmployees table to Excel so that you could e-mail it to a coworker. The SendObject method allows you to attach certain database objects in one of a variety of formats as part of the e-mail. Thus, to generate a new e-mail that also attaches the tblEmployees table as an Excel attachment, you could use something similar to the following:

'Send the Employees file
DoCmd.SendObject acSendTable, "tblEmployees", acFormatXLS, _
     "someone@yahoo.com", , , "Employee List", "For your review.", False

If you do not want to send an attachment, but just want to send an e-mail telling me how much you like the book so far, you can use the following command. Please do this—I would love to get this test e-mail from you!

'Send the author of this book an email
DoCmd.SendObject acSendNoObject, , , "denisegosnell@yahoo.com", , , _
      "This is cool!", _
      "I just sent an email from VBA. Really am enjoying your book.", False

If you want to learn more about controlling Outlook from your VBA applications, consult Chapter 11, where I cover automation with various Office programs such as Outlook. ...

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