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Hi I am actually trying to add a step in a MS Access-Word mail merge, that allows me to create the equivalent file in .pdf
Unfortunately I cannot manage to avoid tiping ENTER at each time the document goes to print.
I have tried SenKeys method, but with no result.
I was thinking to something like:
Dim PrintDialogBox as application
PrintDialogBox.visible=false
With PrintDialogBox
SendKeys ENTER
End WIth
to repeat after each printing steps.
Can you suggest please? Thanx.
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Use the PrintOut Method

   Dim wdApp as Word.Application
   '...
    wdApp.ActivePrinter = "CutePDF Writer"
    wdApp.ActiveDocument.PrintOut OutPutFileName:="MyFile.pdf"

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by:Sar1973
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Now it works, since it does not ask to Save the file with the dialog box, but it creates a huge .pdf file that cannot be opened by Adobe since appears to be corrupted.
I think that it depends on my freeware version of Cute; if you know a cheap pdf writer that:
1) can be configurated as a virtual printer
2) works with your code
3) (eventually) is useful also to convert .pdf to .jpg
you're welcome.
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I have never created a pdf file. I just know how to programme printing to a file and understand that most pdf creators work like that. I downloaded PDF995 in case I needed it to answer your previous question, but I haven't had time to try it. It has been recommended several times in postings in the Word. The site claims that it can convert to pdf to jpeg

http://www.pdf995.com/
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by:Sar1973
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Very nice: it performs SendKeys command, but I have no idea on:
1) making invisible the dialog box (I cannot actually perform in creating the application)
2) use the wdApp.ActiveDocument.PrintOut OutPutFileName method: I get as well a corrupted file and I'm not sure that it depends on the freeware.
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1. Which dialog box?
2. Does creating the pdf from the document work if you do it manually?
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When you launch a print with pdf995 (but also with others such as Cute) a print dialog box appeaars asking you to confirm file name and path. If I use the SendKeys method there is no problem, but I 'd prefer to:
1)identify that dialog box
2)give a command line that allows my routine to jump to that dialog box
3)use the sendkeys method
Can you post some code for that? Thanx.
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I have now created a PDF file (my first) using pdf995 . It seems to act differently from the Adobe writer which I think can use the PrintOut method to a file. Perhaps that is why pdf995 is free.

I don't use Sendkeys. You may have to use the FindWindow API to get the handle of the dialogue.
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I don't have any function like that in my MS Access 2000 library.
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