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Accessing Word Document Properties

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I have a form that opens Word documents within a web browswer control.

Having a reference to the Word Object Library, I can open the Properties dialog by using:
"mDoc.Application.Dialogs(wdDialogFileSummaryInfo).Show"

My question is can the data in this dialog be accessed via vb code so that I can update it with data from an Access db, without the user seeing it?
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Question by:gammbro
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First get a reference to Word:

On Error Resume Next
Set oWord = GetObject("", "Word.Application")
If Err.Number <> 0 Then
  MsgBox "error getting word"
  Exit Sub
End If

Then retreive or set the prop's like this:

   Sub SetSummaryInfo ()
      Dim dp As Object
      Dim sTitle As String
      If oWord.Documents.Count > 0 Then
         Set dp = oWord.Dialogs(wdDialogFileSummaryInfo)
         ' Retrieve value of "Title" into a variable.
         sTitle  = dp.Title
         ' Set "Title" to a new value.
         dp.Title = "My Title"
         ' Set the value without showing the dialog.
         dp.Execute
         ' Save the changes
         oWord.ActiveDocument.Save
      End If
   End Sub

Set oWord = Nothing

D'Mzzl!
RoverM
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by:gammbro
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OK - that works.

Now, can I refer to the Word Properties dialog box without opening the document in by broswer control, or does the document have to be open?
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by:roverm
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No, you cannot access the 'document' properties without a document.
So you still need to open it. If you don't want to show it, just set the oWord.Visible property to false.

D'Mzzl!
RoverM
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by:gammbro
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When I try to run, I get an error on the GetObject function:

Runtime Error '432'

File name or class name not found during Automation operation.

The file exists and I have the correct path specified to the file.
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gammbro:
Where do you get the error (trace through the code ?) ?

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by:gammbro
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Actually, I got it to work.  I was intializing my variable incorrectly.

However, I have another question related to this.  I am looking to secure my Word documents by placing a password on them.

How can I go about this through vb code?
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by:roverm
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This example will allow you to set a password:

    With oWord.ActiveDocument
        .ReadOnlyRecommended = False
        .Password = "myopenpassword"
        .WritePassword = "myeditpassword"
    End With

To remove the password from the document, just set the password to an empty string : "".

After changing it:
oWord.ActiveDocument.Saved = False
oWord.ActiveDocument.Save

You have to do this because else Word 'thinks' that nothing did change, and will NOT update the password.

D'Mzzl!
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Hi gammbro@devx,
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Per recommendation, force-accepted.

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