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Auto answer a word dialog box from VB

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I'm only a beginner at the VB game as I've only just had a three day course but thought that I'd dive in at the deep(ish) end - but I'm stuck.

I currently writing a system whereby I receive data from an AS/400 and produce a 'standard' letter made up of various paragraphs (held as individual Word documents) with variable inserted as into the text.  The choice of paragraph is dependant upon the AS/400 data.

I've got VB opening up Word, then loading a base (empty) document with the mail merge set up.  I then insert the appropriate paragraph texts.  All this works fine until I come to print.  I send off the .mailmerge command to Word which seems to work fine except that Word then opens up a  Dialog box requesting the number of copies etc.  

What I am unable to do is automatically reply an OK to this.  I've tried using SendKeys, I've tried just to send a carriage return but to no avail.

I need to auto reply as this system is to sit on a machine all days processing letter requests and shouldn't require user intervention.

Can anyone out there help ??

Thanks in advance
Guy
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by:tward
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Through OLE Word shouldn't prompt for anything.  Maybe post some code that you are using to do this...  If Sendkeys didn't work with an return maybe OK isn't the default button on the MessageBox being displayed, Try maybe sending something like an ALT-O or whatever...
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ChrisLewis earned 50 total points
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Assuming that you are using OLE to open your document and do your stuff, the command that you are looking for is FilePrint.

Something like this:

  Dim objWord as Object

  Set objWord = CreateObject("WordBasic")
  objWord.FileOpen ("MyFile.DOC")
  (do your stuff here)
  objWord.FilePrint
  objWord.FileSaveAs ("MyNewDoc.doc")
  Set objWord = Nothing


Hope this helps

Chris
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