Create an Excel hyperlink to "Place in this Document"

Posted on 2008-10-13
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Last Modified: 2013-12-24
I routinely get asked to export the membership of all the group in our 2003 domain to an Excel sheet with a tab for each group and the members in that tab.  I have no problem doing this except that our domain has over 500 groups.  To make their lives easier, I've been asked to create an index page with links to the various tabs within the workbook.  This is where I am coming up short.  I understand how to create links, but the code I've attached does not work (i.e. there is no link actually created).  I'm not sure if this is because the code I've developed doesn't first save the Excel workbook, but I'd rather avoid saving the workbook and leaving it up to the user whether or not to save it.
'create excel application object and associated workbook, worksheets reference
Set objExcel = CreateObject("Excel.Application")
Set objBook = objExcel.Workbooks.Add
Set objSheets = objBook.Sheets
objExcel.Visible = True
objExcel.DisplayAlerts = False
'remove all but the very first sheet
i = objSheets.Count
Do Until i = 1 
  i = i - 1
'create a generic connection to Active Directory
Set objConnection = CreateObject("ADODB.Connection")
objConnection.Open "Provider=ADsDSOObject;"
Set objCommand = CreateObject("ADODB.Command")
objCommand.ActiveConnection = objConnection
'query Active Directory for all groups and sort by common name
objCommand.Properties("Sort On")  = "cn"
strDomain = GetObject("LDAP://rootDSE").Get("defaultNamingContext")
objCommand.CommandText = "<LDAP://" & strDomain & ">;(objectCategory=group);ADsPath,cn;subtree"
objCommand.Properties("Page Size")=1000
Set objRecordSet = objCommand.Execute
'iterate thru all groups
While Not objRecordSet.EOF
	On Error Resume Next
	intRow = 1
'create a reference to the group
	Set objGroup = GetObject(objRecordset.Fields("ADsPath"))
'rename the sheet the common name of the group
	objSheets(objSheets.Count).Name = cleanName(objGroup.cn)
'create a reference to the current sheet
	Set objSheet = objSheets(objSheets.Count)
'iterate thru all users of the Member attribute of the group
	For Each strUser in objGroup.Member
'create a reference to the user object defined identified in the Member attribute
    		Set objUser =  GetObject("LDAP://" & strUser)
'Take the common name of the user object and update the current Excel sheet cell with the value
		objSheet.Cells(intRow, 1) = objUser.cn
'intRow controls what cell is currently being written to in the inner loop
		intRow = intRow + 1
'Reset the inner loop control variable for writing to Excel
	intRow = 1
'Add the a sheet for the next group or the last sheet in the case of the index
	objSheets.Add ,objSheet,1
'control variable to iterate thru all the sheets in the workbook
i = 1
'reference the index sheet
Set objSheet = objSheets(objSheets.Count)
'iterate thru all the sheets
Do Until i = objSheets.Count
'set the cells in the index sheet equal to a hyperlink to every other sheet in the workbook	
         objSheet.Cells(i, 1) = objSheets(i).Name
	Set objRange = objSheet.Range("A" & i)
	Set objLink = objSheet.Hyperlinks.Add(objRange, objSheets(i).Name & "!" & "A" & i,,,objSheets(i).Name)
	i = i + 1
'function to check Excel sheet name to conform with syntax requirements
Function cleanName (ByVal strName)
	strTemp = Replace(strName, "\", "-")
	strTemp = Replace(strTemp, "/", "-")
	strTemp = Replace(strTemp, "?", "-")
	strTemp = Replace(strTemp, "*", "-")
	strTemp = Replace(strTemp, "[", "-")
	strTemp = Replace(strTemp, "]", "-")
	strTemp = Replace(strTemp, ":", "-")
	If Len(strTemp) > 30 Then
		strTemp = Mid(strTemp, 1, 27) & "..."
	End If
	cleanName = strTemp
End Function

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Question by:ccovell
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by:zorvek (Kevin Jones)
ID: 22704432
Try this:

Set objLink = objSheet.Hyperlinks.Add(Anchor:=objRange, Address:=ThisWorkbook.FullName, SubAddress:="'" & objSheets(i).Name & "'!" & "A" & i,ScreenTip:=objSheets(i).Name)


Author Comment

ID: 22705050
Greetings Kevin,
Actually, that's what I started out trying first.  However, this is a VB script and VBA code like this just does not seem to work in a command line script like this.  I have a feeling it is not working because there is not reference to the workbook in the URL in the code I posted.  If you look at the properties of a file spawned by a VBS CreateObject("Excel.Application"), it has not path listed.  I imagine because the file just exists in memory and is not saved yet.  Is there a Path attribute to the ThisWorkbook object?

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by:zorvek (Kevin Jones)
ID: 22705113
Try this:

Set objLink = objSheet.Hyperlinks.Add(Anchor:=objRange, Address:=objSheet.Parent.FullName, SubAddress:="'" & objSheets(i).Name & "'!" & "A" & i,ScreenTip:=objSheets(i).Name)

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Author Comment

ID: 22705185
Unfortunately, still no luck.  Trying to run a script like this from the command line with := assignment causes a compilation error.  What I have noticed is that when you attempt to echo the ThisWorkbook.FullName, the value returned is "Book1" (default name for new, unsaved workbook).  However, when I echo out the ThisWorkbook.Path, nothing (i.e. Null) is returned.  This is probably why the Path attribute is set to "unknown" when you look at the File->Properties of the workbook created by this script.  It almost seems as though I have to save the file first.
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Accepted Solution

zorvek (Kevin Jones) earned 1000 total points
ID: 22705233
Without named parameters:

Set objLink = objSheet.Hyperlinks.Add(objRange, objSheet.Parent.FullName, "'" & objSheets(i).Name & "'!" & "A" & i, , objSheets(i).Name)


Author Closing Comment

ID: 31407094
Prompt and professional answer.  Thanks Kevin.

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