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I'm using SendObject within VBA to send an email.

I have been advised that to have an html formatted email I only have to have an html tagged string for the body of the email.

I have been into options within Outlook and set the mail format to html.

but when I use the SendObject action, an outlook new message window pops up set as plain text.

(when I start a new email within outlook, the new message window pops up formatted for html.)

The problem only occours when starting a new message remotely.

Any ideas how to force html formatting ?
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by:m-coon
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This may not be what you are looking for but in Outlook you have a choice of the type of formatting whenever you are writing a new message. On the tool bar, there is a dropdown menu that allows you to choose from HTML, Rich Text, or Plain Text... Unless this is too dificult to do, just choose HTML each time you begin a letter.
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by:perrybond
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No, I am aware of that, It is an email sent directly from MSaccess using visual basic, that uses Outlook.
i have asked the question in the MSaccess area and checked that that end is correct.
The html option on the pull-down allows you to write data which has the html tags added. My text already has the html tags on, these are displayed insread of being used
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by:starl
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perrybond...I've skimmed the access question and since I'm not proficient in access and my vba skills are moderate, I ask this: Are you trying to paste html code on an email in hopes that it will become an actual html message? If so, that is not the way outlook works. You can create an html message elsewhere (say frontpage) and cut & paste that (not the code, but the design) and send an html email in that way, but doing <b>HI</b> in outlook will not send a bolded HI.
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rjcpjc earned 600 total points
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You can programmatically set the HTMLBody property to an html string.

objMailItem.HTMLBody = "<B>HI</B>"

Feel free to post your code and I can provide more specific suggestions.
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by:starl
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<bows to Queen rjcpjc>

So a script could be written to take html text and convert it to script = htmltext to create an html message...
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by:rjcpjc
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Yes.  What I've done in the past is to convert an HTML file to a txt file of just HTML code.  Then use the Scripting library and open a textstream object.  Then get the contents of the text stream object and set the HTMLBody property equal to that string.
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by:starl
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now that would be a handy function.. I've seen quite a few ppl frustrated that html emails don't become html emails - now what I mean.
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by:rjcpjc
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Yep.  I might have some sample code around here somewhere. I looked for another poster a while back and couldn't find it.  I'll have to look again.
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by:perrybond
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Thanks , I used the .htmlbody property and a new world has opened up for me
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by:perrybond
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For the full story and all the code see this question

http://www.experts-exchange.com/jsp/qManageQuestion.jsp?ta=msaccess&qid=20275364

The first bit has the general code

Later is mentioned the .htmlbody as opposed to an attachment

then how to set the reference

rjcpjc - I think you got some easy points, but I'd hate to get a reputation for being tight !
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