21. Automating Other Applications

Understanding Automation

The techniques you’ve used so far in this book have been anchored firmly in the capabilities of Microsoft Access itself. But as you undoubtedly know, Access is part of the Microsoft Office suite, a group of products designed to be used together. That’s where automation comes in. By writing automation code, you can use one application (such as Access) to control another application (such as Word, PowerPoint, or Excel). This capability isn’t limited just to Microsoft Office applications. There are hundreds of other applications, ...

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