Trying to dynamically change .xls folder and file name on OLE object in report

Posted on 2008-10-10
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I have a table in SQL Server
graphic_dir (table name)
I want the user to enter an order number as a parameter and the report reads this table and pulls in the excell spreadsheet that is the foldername + filename.

I have the report reading the table correctly because I am currently displaying the foldername and filename and they are correct. I have an OLE object inserted that points to an existing .xls file and then I went into Format graphic onto the picture tab and then put a formula in the graphic location button. I tried putting in the foldername + filename and also tried putting in just the foldername. Neither one seemed to work.

I read that there was a bug in release 2 that you could not read in a word document location dynamically from a database. Does that include .xls? Does anybody know if it was fixed in the latest service pack or even where I could go to see if it was reported / fixed?
Question by:bmorriso99
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mlmcc earned 2000 total points
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It probably applies to all OLE documents.

I don't know if there is a later service pack.

Which reliease do you have?
Check the version in HELP --> ABOUT CRYSTAL
Release 1 - 11.x.xx
Release 2 - 11.5.xx

Last I knew SP2 was the last for R2
SP4 was the last for R1


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It says but I just bought this so I was expecting to be on release 2..... I guess I need to investigate this a little further.

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After much investigating I think the bottom line is that the picture location button will allow users to change the files if they are .jpeg, .bmp or one other type but not .doc's or .xls's. I downloaded 2008 and couldn't get it to work there either. We decided to convert our xls files into .bmps.

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Suggest you accept your comment as the solution.  My comment is not really a solution and you don't need to award the points


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