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Changing Excel cell backcolor from Access TransferSpreadsheet

Last Modified: 2013-11-27
I have a query written in Access that creates a spreadsheet by using TransferSpreadsheet. One of the columns that is being sent is a long representation of the color that I want in that cell only. No text, only a colored cell.

My query results looks like this: Publication Name, Address, City, State, Zip, Publication Type, (the long integer value of some color in this cell), SRDS Code, Release Type, (the long integer value of some color in this cell), Release Date, Market Share.

The columns A-F have data, column G would have a color-filled cell, Columns H-I have data, Column J has some other color, Columns K-L have data.

The colors of the cells in the columns may change for every row written. The columns will not have the same colors in every row.

Is there a way to cause Excel to turn this long integer into a color? The code can't be on the Excel side because the worksheets are created over and over again.

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Top Expert 2008

You can't do what you want with TransferSpreadsheet or OutputTo. The only way to format the created workbook is to use automation. Automation is more involved than TransferSpreadsheet or OutputTo but it isn't that bad.

Here is one example of using automation in Access to create a workbook:


Top Expert 2008

Probably the easiest way to do this is to do what you are doing now and then, using automation from within Access, open the generated workbook and apply the formatting.

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Thanks guys!

I have never used automation to create a spreadsheet like this before. Could someone give me the actual code to do this. Attached is the sql statement that would have been in the transgerspreadsheet function as "qryDT_BasicRelease":

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SELECT qryDT_BasicPressReleaseMissing.Year, qryDT_BasicPressReleaseMissing.Week, GetTheDateRange([Week],[Year]) AS [PR Date], qryDT_BasicPressReleaseMissing.sPR_JobNumber AS [Job #], tblCF_Company.sCompanyName AS Company, tblCF_Company.iTheColorCode AS CompanyColorCode, qryDT_BasicPressReleaseMissing.sPR_Title AS Subject, IIf([bReleaseProduced]=True,"x",Null) AS Written, IIf([bReleasePrinted]=True,"x",Null) AS Printed, IIf([bReleaseEMailed]=True,"x",Null) AS [E-Mailed], rptqryPhotoAndImagesUnion.TheImage AS Images, tblCF_ReleaseDescription.iTheColorCode AS [Release Color Code], tblCF_ReleaseDescription.sReleaseDescription AS [Release Description], tblCF_Product.sProduct AS Product, qryDT_BasicPressReleaseMissing.sPressReleaseNotes AS [Press Release Notes]
FROM ((tblCF_Product RIGHT JOIN (tblCF_Company RIGHT JOIN qryDT_BasicPressReleaseMissing ON tblCF_Company.iCompanyID = qryDT_BasicPressReleaseMissing.iCompanyID) ON tblCF_Product.iProductID = qryDT_BasicPressReleaseMissing.iProductID) LEFT JOIN tblCF_ReleaseDescription ON qryDT_BasicPressReleaseMissing.iReleaseDescriptionID = tblCF_ReleaseDescription.iReleaseDescriptionID) LEFT JOIN rptqryPhotoAndImagesUnion ON qryDT_BasicPressReleaseMissing.sPR_JobNumber = rptqryPhotoAndImagesUnion.sPR_JobNumber
ORDER BY qryDT_BasicPressReleaseMissing.Year, qryDT_BasicPressReleaseMissing.Week, qryDT_BasicPressReleaseMissing.sPR_JobNumber;

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