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I need to create a batch file that I can run through task scheduler to open a Microsoft Access datbase and call a Macro in the database at a specified time every day. I can setup the task scheduler, but I need an idea for the basic structure of the batch file to do this.
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by:TheSloath
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You can use the /x command line switch to run a macro, e.g.:

msaccess.exe MtDB.mdb /x MyMacro
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by:StephenJD
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Does this look like it will do the trick? :

@echo off
start /w msaccess.exe MtDB.mdb /x MyMacro

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by:TheSloath
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Looks perfect
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by:StephenJD
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Ok here is what I have:

@echo off
Start /w "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\msaccess.exe" "C:\Access\AUTOREPORTS\REPORTS.mdb" /x "MAC_TEST_AUTOMATION"

This is opening the Database, but it is not running the Macro.
Where am I going wrong here? I've tried it without the quotes on the macro name, and I have also tried adding an additional line to call the macro seperately ( Call /x "MAC_TEST_AUTOMATION") of course without the parenthesis. I have also tried the call line with no quotes, but the Macro will not run. The DB security is set to low so that shouldn't be the problem...
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by:jefftwilley
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you need path stuff...

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\ART\Office\MSACCESS.exe /User username /Pwd password /Wrkgrp C:\System.mdw  c:\mydatabase.mdb /X MacroName

you may not need the username, password or workfile

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by:TheSloath
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I ran it fine without the path to msaccess.exe, you prob need the path to the MDB, unless the batch file and MDB are in the same folder.

You don't need the quote marks round the macro name:

@echo off
Start /w "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\msaccess.exe" "C:\Access\AUTOREPORTS\REPORTS.mdb" /x MAC_TEST_AUTOMATION
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by:jefftwilley
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create a msgbox entry as the first entry in your macro, to test if the macro is even firing...maybe it's the report itself...a parameter that's not getting satisfied?
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by:jefftwilley
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do it without the start /w and make sure there's a space in the middle between the Program an the File
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@echo off
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\msaccess.exe" "C:\Access\AUTOREPORTS\REPORTS.mdb" /x MAC_TEST_AUTOMATION
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by:StephenJD
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That's the problem. The macro isn't even firing. All I have the test macro doing is emailing me a table in Excel Format, then quitting the application. The macro runs good when I run it maunually.
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by:jefftwilley
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that's got it?
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by:StephenJD
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That was the problem. The start /w was killing me apparently.

Thanks to both of you.
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by:jefftwilley
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happy to help.
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