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Exporting from Access query to Excel using DoCmd.OutputTo acOutputQuery

Posted on 2004-04-15
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I use the line:

DoCmd.OutputTo acOutputQuery, "qryReportDataForExcelOutput", acFormatXLS, strOutputFileEXCEL, False

which works fine.... except when I have more than 16K records to export.  When I have too many records Access is unable to successfully create the file. I can step into the above line and see the Excel file in Windows Explorer while Access is exporting, but after a delay of a minute or so the file disappears!

If I manually export the query to Excel it works fine, even with more than 16K records.

I have reproduced this behavior on two PCs running XP Pro and Office XP.

So, how can I successfully export this query to Excel with more than 16K records, IN CODE rather than manually?
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Question by:wlevy
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peter57r earned 250 total points
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Hello wlevy,

DoCmd.TransferSpreadsheet acExport, acSpreadsheetTypeExcel8, "qryReportDataForExcelOutput", "C:\myfilename.xls", True

If you don't want fieldnames change True to False.

Pete
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by:LambertHeenan
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The problem is that OutputTo creates an Excel 4.0 file (I think that's the right version number) which can only have 16k rows. As Peter says, TransferSpreadhseet is where you need to look. It lets you choose the Excel file format, and so you will be able to export up to 65k rows.
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by:wlevy
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Thanks guys, and enjoy the points Peter.  I figured it was something like this but didn't know exactly how to resolve it!

- W
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