Printing in Access 2002

I have an application that has a custom query builder with a nice user interface.  The resultset is returned in a grid view in the detail section and usually has a horizontal scroll bar depeding on how many fields they include.

I am trying to find a way to print the resultset without actually formatting a report object and calling that.  Is there anyway to do this?  It currently calls the docmd.runcommand accmdprintpreview, but this cuts off some of the columns in the resultset.  Any input would be helpful...
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Data-ManConnect With a Mentor COOCommented:
Exactly....My apps are pefect except for one problem...the user.

Use automation with excel for the report button......the users wouldn't even know it was excel....the only thing they would see is the print dialog from excel.  I do that now with MS Word when I generate contracts from Access.  Word is opened behind the scene and the contract is created.  I then throw up the print dialog from word, right on top of the access form....they don't even know they are in word.  

I overheard one user telling another that the entire application was written using excel tables....I about fell out of my chair laughing...the things users think of.

Mike
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kevinredfernCommented:
could you use a subreport, this way you would not have to format it, jus tset it to grow or shrink depending on the data that you ask it to bring in.

I hope i have understood your problem.
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Data-ManCOOCommented:
you could create a report object at runtime.  It's a lot of code, but it might work for you.  You could even get fancy in making it automatically switch to landscape if the number of fields would fit in portrait.

Mike
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ACCESSIBLESOLUTIONSAuthor Commented:
The challenge is the number of columns vary (by design) with each run of the code so subforms or report objects can't be used.
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Data-ManCOOCommented:
How about just exporting it to Excel and printing it from there?

Mike
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ACCESSIBLESOLUTIONSAuthor Commented:
Interesting question since that is an option already on the form in addition to the print preview button. The problem is we have some users complaining Excel is an extra step they shouldn't be required to do - and everyone knows users are never wrong!
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ACCESSIBLESOLUTIONSAuthor Commented:
Data-Man: You wouldn't happen to have any sample code with the automation technique you could share by any chance. I'd like to try it.

Thanks,
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Data-ManCOOCommented:
Sorry I don't have any sample code....I have the code to create contracts via MS Word, but it is so customized for my client that if I post it here, it would require too much explaining for an EE question.

On the flip side, just create an object variable of type Excel.Application.
If you export the data to Excel and then turn on the macro recorder...do what you need to get the data printed correctly.  Stop the macro recording process and then copy and paste the code into Access and use your Excel object to prefix the code....you will have to tweak the code and also export the data into excel as part of the process, but this should be enough to get you started.

Mike
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ACCESSIBLESOLUTIONSAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the help on this
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