Create watermark in word with vba from access

Posted on 2008-10-09
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
I have an access database that is pushing a lot of information into a word doc using bookmarks in the word doc.  The last thing i need to do is insert a watermark into the document if a condition exists.  The conditional part is easy, what i am having problems with is just inserting the watermark.  I can record the macro and have that work from within word but i want to run it all from access with no macro in the word doc.  I'm sure its getting lost somewhere in the activedocument. lines but I am just beating my head against a wall at this point. The watermark ideally is angled text that will repeat on all pages. Thanks

with doc.
          ' Populating word doc
end with
Question by:rkremser
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wobbled earned 50 total points
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I have almost got this to work - but I get an error on the line:


If anyone else can see what is causing this then please help out
Sub WordDocFromExcel()

' to test this code, paste it into an Excel module add a reference to the Word-library

' create a new folder named C:\Foldername or edit the filnames in the code

Dim wrdApp As Word.Application

Dim wrdDoc As Word.Document

Dim wrdWin As Object

Dim i As Integer

    Set wrdApp = CreateObject("Word.Application")

    wrdApp.Visible = True

    Set wrdDoc = wrdApp.Documents.Add ' create a new document

    Set wrdWin = wrdApp.ActiveWindow

    ' or

    'Set wrdDoc = wrdApp.Documents.Open("C:\Foldername\Filename.doc")

    ' open an existing document

    ' example word operations

    With wrdDoc

        For i = 1 To 100

            .Content.InsertAfter "Here is a example test line #" & i


        Next i



        wrdWin.ActivePane.View.SeekView = wdSeekCurrentPageHeader




        With Selection.ShapeRange

            .TextEffect.Text = "ASAP"

            .TextEffect.FontSize = 1

            .TextEffect.FontName = "Times New Roman"

            .Line.Visible = False

            .Fill.Visible = True


            .Fill.ForeColor.RGB = RGB(192, 192, 192)

            .Fill.Transparency = 0.5

            .Rotation = 315

            .LockAspectRatio = True

            .Height = CentimetersToPoints(6.88)

            .Width = CentimetersToPoints(13.77)

            .WrapFormat.AllowOverlap = True

            .WrapFormat.Side = wdWrapNone

            .WrapFormat.Type = 3

            .RelativeHorizontalPosition = _


            .RelativeVerticalPosition = _


            .Left = wdShapeCenter

            .Top = wdShapeCenter

        End With

            wrdWin.ActivePane.View.SeekView = wdSeekMainDocument


        If Dir("C:\Foldername\MyNewWordDoc.doc") <> "" Then

            Kill "C:\Foldername\MyNewWordDoc.doc"

        End If

        .SaveAs ("C:\Foldername\MyNewWordDoc.doc")

        .Close ' close the document

    End With


    wrdApp.Quit ' close the Word application


    Set wrdDoc = Nothing

    Set wrdApp = Nothing

    Set wrdWin = Nothing

End Sub

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Accepted Solution

zipa72 earned 75 total points
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I've created a sample how to create new Word document from Access, insert picture into header of that document, change properties for watermark, change position of the picture, close the document and dispose of objects (don't forget to do that!)


Sub test()

  Dim ap As New Word.Application

  Dim doc As Word.Document

  ' create new word document

  Set doc = ap.Documents.Add(, , , Visible)

  ' insert picture in document header

  ap.ActiveWindow.ActivePane.View.SeekView = wdSeekCurrentPageHeader

  ap.Selection.InlineShapes.AddPicture FileName:="somepicture.gif", _

      LinkToFile:=False, SaveWithDocument:=True

  ap.Selection.MoveLeft Unit:=wdCharacter, Count:=1, Extend:=wdExtend

  ' make watermark

  ap.Selection.InlineShapes(1).PictureFormat.Brightness = 0.85

  ap.Selection.InlineShapes(1).PictureFormat.Contrast = 0.15

  ' convert from inlineshape to shape and set position


  ap.Selection.ShapeRange.Top = 150

  ap.Selection.ShapeRange.Left = 150

  ' return from header view

  ap.ActiveWindow.ActivePane.View.SeekView = wdSeekMainDocument

  ' clean up

  doc.SaveAs "test.doc"


  Set doc = Nothing

  Set ap = Nothing

End Sub

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