Automating Word 97 contained in VB6 application OLEControl

Posted on 2001-07-10
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I'm currently developing a VB6 application that contains an Word 97 DOC in an OLE Control in the main form.

In fact, I need to change some data in the form fields of the contained document depending on the VB application forms result. And the doc's intended to be visible all time.

I've been trying to use de DDE and the GetObject methods as well, but I wasn't able to make that run OK.

Does anyone know how can I do that?
Does anyone have any idea?

Suggestions will be welcome and

Code examples will be well rewarded in points.

Question by:sidou
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Expert Comment

ID: 6269963
Hi I've done this using standard VB and creating an instance of Word this work in 97 and 2k. The code for vb should be something like this

 sFilename = "\\fff-ggg\CLAIMS\"
  Set objWord = CreateObject("Word.Application")
  objWord.Visible = True
  Set objDoc = objWord.ActiveDocument
  Set MyWordDoc = objDoc
  Call myWordDoc.AutoFillFormField("ClaimNumber",ClaimNumber)

The parm in the quotes is the name of field in the doc and the other parm claimnumber contains the value etc

The field claimnumber should be defined in your document as a text form field - on properties put its name claimnumber into the boomark field properties.

Then in the doc put the AutoFillFormField code which is

' Author mark J Sinnott May 19999
' This VB code allows merging of bookmarks from calling VB program.
Public Sub AutoFillFormField(FFName As Variant, FFResult As Variant)

  Dim FFNameStr As String
  Dim FFResultStr As String
  Dim myWordDoc As Document
  Dim myFormFields As FormFields
  Dim mycurff As FormField
  Dim myFFCount As Integer
  Dim mmm As Integer
  Dim curFFName, H As String
  Dim Ndex
    FFNameStr = FFName
    FFResultStr = FFResult
    Set myWordDoc = ActiveDocument
    Set myFormFields = myWordDoc.FormFields
    myFFCount = myFormFields.Count
    For Ndex = 1 To myFFCount
      Set mycurff = myFormFields.Item(Ndex)
         'MsgBox "mycurFormField Name = " & mycurff.Name
      curFFName = mycurff.Name
      If curFFName = FFNameStr Then
          mycurff.Result = FFResultStr
  '        Exit For
      End If
    Set mycurff = Nothing
    Set myFormFields = Nothing
    Set myWordDoc = Nothing

End Sub

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Expert Comment

ID: 6270339
Hearing... But why use an ole control in a COM age?

Author Comment

ID: 6270440
sorry, richie. I didn't understand your comment. Do you have any suggentions I could possibly use?
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Expert Comment

ID: 6271187
Yes. If you automates an instance of Word throught COM, you don't need to break your head using OLE Control )by the way, with limited options).
If you don't use automation before, ask and i put some example code here.
Using automation is like do what Word does but by code from within VB application.

Author Comment

ID: 6271266
that's exactly what I want to do. I've been working hard on that but, unfortunely, I wasn't able to develop that.
How do I automate an instance of word trough COM?
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Expert Comment

ID: 6271295
Well, here is 7 pm and i must go home. Only for a start:

' In your project, set a reference to Microsoft Word 8 or 9 (it depends on version you have installed) object library

' on declarations section of your main form

Option Explicit

Dim WordApp As Word.Application
Dim WDoc As Word.Document
Private Sub Form_Load()
Set WordApp = New Word.Application
With WordApp
    .Visible = True
    ' this is a reference to a new word document
    ' You could open an existing one.
    Set WDoc = WordApp.Documents.Add
    WDoc.SaveAs "c:\myword.doc"
End With
Set WDoc = Nothing
Set WordApp = Nothing
End Sub

Expert Comment

ID: 6272642

My vb code on the comment creates an instance of work and does puts the data into the doc. No controls required etc..
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Expert Comment

ID: 6272982
Ups, marksynnott is right!

Author Comment

ID: 6273806

Yes, I've been tryng to use your suggestion but that's not quite what I wanted to do. I want to edit the document in the OLE control, not in word... maybe I wasn't specific at start, sorry...

But I don't want to create a new Word Window.... I want to edit the doc contained in the ole control in the same ole control...

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