how to export the contents of a subdatasheet to excel using vba

Posted on 2008-06-11
Last Modified: 2013-11-27
Experts, right now am using VBA to automatically run a query that creates a table with subdatasheets. The program then automatically exports the primary table to excel. My question is, how do i reference the subdatasheets so that i can automatically export these to excel as well? Below is the code i am currently running to export the primary sheet
DoCmd.TransferSpreadsheet acExport, acSpreadsheetTypeExcel9, "PRIMARYTABLE", sFn, True, "6B_LinkFileReferences!A1:J1"

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If the subdatasheets are queries or tables they can be exported using the same function.
If it's a form or report though, use the DoCmd.OutputTo command to export:


DoCmd.OutputTo acOutputForm,"MySubDataSheet",acFormatXLS,"C:\MyFile.xls",True

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ID: 21763048
How do i know what the subdatasheet name is, i can't figure out where/if i named it? Below is the code i use to create the subdatasheet.
SetFieldProperty CurrentDb.TableDefs![LNK_Link Files grouped by Serial Number with MinMax Dates], "SubdatasheetName", dbText, "LNK_Link Files by Link File Name"
SetFieldProperty CurrentDb.TableDefs![LNK_Link Files grouped by Serial Number with MinMax Dates], "LinkChildFields", dbText, "Serial"
SetFieldProperty CurrentDb.TableDefs![LNK_Link Files grouped by Serial Number with MinMax Dates], "LinkMasterFields", dbText, "Serial"

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BitRunner303 earned 500 total points
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Look in your Forms tab, usually if you create a SubDatasheet by the Wizards it'll create a separate Form object for it.

In this case though wouldn't it be called "LNK_Link Files by Link File Name" as you specified?

However, what I would probably do is just design a query linking the data, then do a TransferSpreadsheet on the query to export it to Excel that's a much cleaner method.

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