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Fax Cover Sheet Macro - Date Field does not pick up system time

Posted on 2006-04-28
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BlueDevilFan answered my original question of "How to create a fax cover sheet in contacts by creating a macro"  This macro works great.  I have a problem with the date field it picks up 3/4/2006 every time instead of the current date.  I've looked through the faxcoversheet.txt document and I can't even find the line that refers to the field.  Please note my experience with macros is nil.  Any help would be appreciated.

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by:David Lee
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Greetings, averbeck.

Filling the date isn't handled by the macro.  It's litteral text typed into the page.  I can adjust that if you want so that the macro does handle it.  

As a side note, you should close the original question.  It's still open.

Cheers!
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I would appreciate the adjustment

Thanks.
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David Lee earned 1000 total points
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No problem.  This should do it.

1.  Open the fax cover sheet HTML file, do a search on 3/4/2006 and replace it with *TODAYS_DATE*
2.  Add the following code to the macro.  Insert it immediately before the line containing "objMyFaxCover.WriteLine strBuffer".

        If InStr(1, strBuffer, "*TODAYS_DATE*") Then
            strBuffer = Replace(strBuffer, "*TODAYS_DATE*", Date)
        End If

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This did it.  Do you have any recommendations on a book I could pick up that would walk me through creating macros?  Thanks for all your help.

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You're welcome.  I've three books I depend on for the specifics of writing macros for Outlook/Exchange.

1.  Microsoft Outlook Programming, Sue Mosher, Digital Press, ISBN: 1-55558-286-9
2.  Programming Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Exchange 2003, Thomas Rizzo, Microsoft Press, ISBN: 0-7356-1464-4
3.  Building Applications with Microsoft Outlook 2000 Technical Reference, Randy Byrne, Microsoft Press, ISBN: 0-7356-0581-5  (There's a newer version of this book for Outlook 2002.  Not sure about 2003.  I've not seen one, but I may simply have missed noticing it.)

Note that I said I use these references for the specifics of writing macros for Outlook.  They don't teach basic coding skills which is as important to the process as knowing what Outlook object does what, or what method to call to accomplish something.
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