Acc97 -Opening an adobe file through VB code

Posted on 2003-03-20
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Last Modified: 2011-10-03
Here is my code that works when I want to open a Word Doc.

Dim oApp As Object
    On Error Resume Next
    Set oApp = GetObject(, "word.Application")
    If Err.Number <> 0 Then MsgBox (Err.Description)
    Set oApp = GetObject ("\\ServerName\DirectoryName\FileName.doc")
    If Err.Number <> 0 Then MsgBox (Err.Description)
    oApp.Application.Visible = True
    oApp.Parent.Windows(1).Visible = True

    Set oApp = Nothing

If I try to change the class to
     Set oApp = GetObject(, "Acrobat.Application")
and the file name to
    Set oApp = GetObject ("\\ServerName\DirectoryName\FileName.pdf")
I get the following error message

     "ActiveX componet cannot create object"

How can I open a pdf file using VB code?

Question by:ncrew
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Expert Comment

ID: 8176543
How about using a shell command?

Accepted Solution

Mike77 earned 1000 total points
ID: 8176563
Try this :


Private Declare Function ShellExecute Lib "shell32" _
   Alias "ShellExecuteA" _
  (ByVal hwnd As Long, _
   ByVal lpOperation As String, _
   ByVal lpFile As String, _
   ByVal lpParameters As String, _
   ByVal lpDirectory As String, _
   ByVal nShowCmd As Long) As Long
Private Const SW_SHOWNORMAL As Long = 1
Private Const SW_SHOWMAXIMIZED As Long = 3
Private Const SW_SHOWDEFAULT As Long = 10
Private Const SE_ERR_NOASSOC As Long = 31

Call ShellExecute(0&, "open", "c:\path\file.pdf", 0&, 0&, SW_SHOWNORMAL)
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Expert Comment

ID: 8176570
Like this:
Dim RetVal

RetVal = Shell("C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 4.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe" & " " & "\\ServerName\DirectoryName\FileName.pdf")
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Author Comment

ID: 8176572
I'm open to suggestions, but I'll need "hand holding".  I don't know what you mean by shell command or how to execute it.
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Expert Comment

ID: 8176610
Take my second suggestion and change the path information to suit.  The first part is the path to acrobat
("C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 4.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe"

and the second is to the PDF

Expert Comment

ID: 8176636
what if acrobat has not been installed in the default directory?

Author Comment

ID: 8176659
Gentlemen, you're both my heros.  I am selecting Mike's answer because the Adobe software resides on a server and I don't have the exact location; using his code, I did not need it.

Thank you both.

Author Comment

ID: 8176662
I appreciatd the step-by-step solution!

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