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Print a file to the temp directory

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I have a calculation program which writes a temp html document.  I want it to put it in the default temp directory regardless of which OS or computer it's running on.

Here's the problem I ran into.  I wrote the program on a computer with the temp directory in c:\windows\temp - when I ran the program at work it failed since the temp directory was c:\winnt\temp.


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Dim sTempPath As String
sTempPath = Environ("TEMP")
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Option Explicit
Private Declare Function GetTempPath Lib "kernel32" Alias "GetTempPathA" _
    (ByVal nBufferLength As Long, ByVal lpBuffer As String) As Long

Private Sub Command1_Click()
    Dim sTempPath As String
    Dim lRet As Long
    sTempPath = String(260, Chr(0))
    lRet = GetTempPath(Len(sTempPath), sTempPath)
    sTempPath = Left(sTempPath, lRet)
    Debug.Print sTempPath
End Sub
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by:repstein
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The temp directory is specified as
ENVIRON("Temp")

As an example, the value in your user's case would be:
c:\winnt\temp

You can use this to build your string.

There are lots of other useful settings you can acces with environ.

To view them,

for i= 1 to 22
  debug.print environ(i)
next i


and look in the immediate debug window

Richard

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Cross posted again &@*#(S(@!

But maybe you want to put the file in the TMP or USERPROFILE directory...
(Just use the namees listed in the debug.print output)

Richard
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by:repstein
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Cross posted again &@*#(S(@!

But maybe you want to put the file in the TMP or USERPROFILE directory...
(Just use the namees listed in the debug.print output)

Richard
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by:douglaskarr
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Final Code:

Dim sTempPath As String
sTempPath = Environ("TEMP")

Open sTempPath & "\Answer.htm" For Output As #1
....

Worked Great!
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