From Access, Automation allows you, the developer, to link to objects (such as documents, spreadsheets, and so on) from other applications, or embed objects from other applications in forms, reports, or tables, thereby allowing the native application to perform the tasks needed. In this case, Access is the client (also called controller); the other application being driven, such as Word, is the server.
Unfortunately, not all Windows applications can use Automation. In general, those that use DDE can't use Automation. For more information about DDE, see “Driving Other Applications with DDE” later in this chapter.
You can take advantage of Automation in Access in two ways:
Through the user interface—You can have an ...