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Accessing Word 97 in VB 5

Posted on 1997-08-04
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I am having problems trying to get VB5 and Word97 to work togeather
using the Word.BASIC object like so:

Sub CopyToWord()

'Text deleted for Space in source code example

On Error GoTo OLE_Err

    Dim obj_Word As Object
    Set obj_Word = CreateObject("Word.Basic")
    obj_Word.SetFormResult "client_number", lbl_ClientNum.Caption
    obj_Word.SetFormResult "client_name", lbl_ClientName.Caption
    obj_Word.SetFormResult "matter_number", lbl_MatterNum
    obj_Word.SetFormResult "matter_name", lbl_MatterName.Caption

Set obj_Word = Nothing

    Done
    Exit Sub

OLE_Err:
    MsgBox "ERROR:" & Str(Err) & " - " & Error$ & ". Copy aborted. ", ,
"OLE ERROR"
    Set obj_Word = Nothing
    Exit Sub

End Sub

I get "Error 509 - The SetFormResult command is not available because a document Window is not active. Copy aborted. " Yet the Word97 program is running and the Word97 document is open and active. I even put in an "Obj_Word.AppActivate 'Microsoft Word" command to make sure the Word Window is active, I even tried AppActivate "Microsoft Word". Same thing happened! I have the Word 8.0
references in my VB 5.0 code, and it is an external program run from a Word Macro using the Shell command to look up the client and matter information and then pass them back to Word97 using forms. The forms do exist and have the same lowercase bookmark names.

It should work as it is, yet it keeps claiming that the Word Document is not active, even when it is!

The Office97 VBA help is no good because VBA is very different from the VB 5.0 environment and the commands
are accessed differently. I can't find anything in Tech Net
or MSDN on it. Just the VBA way of doing it from Word 97,
which is useless to me, as I am doing it from VB 5.0
or at least trying to. It should be easy. but I am missing something.

Please help! Thanks.

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You no longer use a Word.Basic object in Word 97.  Word 97 has a totally new object structure, so everything you knew about word 95 is now, well, worthless...  Thank you MS.

Look in the help file for the object structure of a Word 97 Document.  

What I think you have to do is to create a document obejct and use the Documents.Open method to open a document, then
use the ActiveDocument.FormFields(YourFieldNameHERE).Result
command

Take a look at the Word 97 VBA help and the Converting Wordbasic to VBA section

Hope this helps...

CHRIS

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