How to resolve Mapi.Message not supporting HTMLBody from MS Access

Posted on 2008-10-15
Last Modified: 2013-11-28
Hello experts,

I am trying to use Mapi to send email from MS Access.  I know there other ways to achieve this which would resolve my problem of dealing HTML.  However, there is a con so here is the dilema.  I need to use Mapi because it is the only way I found it gets around the profile resolution with outlook.  Everything works fine except for the HTML format.  How can this be resolved?  Thank you.
Private Sub SendEmail(strEmailAdd As String, strFrom As String, strMessage As String, _
                      strSubject As String, strCc As Variant, strBcc As Variant)
On Error GoTo errHandler
   Dim oSession As MAPI.Session
   Dim MsgNew As MAPI.Message  'uses early binding
   Dim Recip As MAPI.Recipient
   Dim RecipCC As MAPI.Recipient
   Dim RecipBCC As MAPI.Recipient
   Dim AddEntries As MAPI.AddressEntries
   Dim OnBehalfSender As MAPI.AddressEntry
   Dim aCc() As String
   Dim aBcc() As String
   Dim strNTUser As String
   Dim i As Integer
   Set oSession = CreateObject("mapi.session")
   strNTUser = Environ("UserName")
   oSession.Logon profileName:=strNTUser    'use existing session
   'create new message
   Set MsgNew = oSession.Outbox.Messages.Add
   'set on behalf sender
   Set AddEntries = oSession.AddressLists(1).AddressEntries
   AddEntries.Filter = Nothing    'reset
   'TODO: Change on behalf user name
   AddEntries.Filter.Name = strFrom
   Set OnBehalfSender = AddEntries.GetFirst
   Set MsgNew.Sender = OnBehalfSender  'set on behalf address
   Set MsgNew.Sender = oSession.CurrentUser  'optional, the actual sender
   'set message recipient
   'TODO: Change recipient name
   Set Recip = MsgNew.Recipients.Add(strEmailAdd, , 1)
   'set message recipient
   'TODO: Change recipient name
    aCc = Split(strCc, ";")
    For i = 0 To UBound(aCc)
        Set RecipCC = MsgNew.Recipients.Add(aCc(i), , 2)
    Next i
   'set message recipient
   'TODO: Change recipient name
    aBcc = Split(strBcc, ";")
    For i = 0 To UBound(aBcc)
        Set RecipBCC = MsgNew.Recipients.Add(aBcc(i), , 3)
    Next i
   'set other message properties and send
   With MsgNew
      '.Text = strMessage
      .Text.HTMLBody = strMessage
      .Subject = strSubject
      .Update    'optional, leaves unsent mail in Outbox if Send fails
   End With
   'release objects
   Set MsgNew = Nothing
   Set OnBehalfSender = Nothing
   Set Recip = Nothing
   Set RecipCC = Nothing
   Set RecipBCC = Nothing
   Set AddEntries = Nothing
   Set oSession = Nothing
    Exit Sub
    Select Case Err
        Case Else
            MsgBox "Error Number: " & Err.Number & vbNewLine & "Description: " & Err.Description, vbCritical, "Error"
        GoTo ExitHere
    End Select
End Sub

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Question by:fcoit
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Expert Comment

by:Chuck Wood
ID: 22723997
I had to use .Display in Outlook before adding the body to get the HTML to work. Perhaps there is something similar in MAPI?


Author Comment

ID: 22724298

I found this but I do not know how to incorporate this into my code.

oMailItem.BodyFormat = OlBodyFormat.olFormatHTML

Thank you for your input.

As far as the Display method is not available.
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Accepted Solution

Chuck Wood earned 500 total points
ID: 22724637
In Outlook 12.0 (2007) there is a .BodyFormat property and the constant olFormatHTML is equal to 2, but I am not sure that will help you in MAPI. By the way, the .BodyFormat property is not available in Outlook 2000.

In case it might be useful, here is my code for a class I use with Outlook that does not seem to have a problem with profile resolution but Outlook must be open on the user's computer.

  MultiUse = -1  'True
Attribute VB_Name = "clsSendEmail"
Attribute VB_GlobalNameSpace = False
Attribute VB_Creatable = False
Attribute VB_PredeclaredId = False
Attribute VB_Exposed = False
Option Explicit
' version 1.0.2  6/12/2008
'  requires:
'    reference(s) to:
'      Microsoft Outlook 9.0 or later
Public Function Email(ByVal strTo As String, ByVal strSubject As String, _
  ByVal strBody As String, Optional ByVal strCC As String, Optional ByVal strAttachment As String, _
  Optional ByVal intImportance As Integer, Optional ByVal strVotingOptions As String, _
  Optional ByVal fDeliveryReq As Boolean, Optional ByVal fReadRecpt As Boolean) As Boolean
' Purpose: Email an Outlook mail item
    ' set the initial state of the function
    Email = False
    Dim outl As New Outlook.Application, intI As Integer
    ' create an email item
    Dim outMsg As Outlook.MailItem
    Set outMsg = outl.CreateItem(olMailItem)
    With outMsg
        ' display the message
        ' set the message parts
        .To = strTo
        .Subject = strSubject
        .HTMLBody = strBody
        If Not IsNull(strCC) And Len(Trim(strCC)) > 0 Then .cc = strCC
        If Not IsNull(strAttachment) And Len(Trim(strAttachment)) > 0 Then .Attachments.Add strAttachment
        .OriginatorDeliveryReportRequested = fDeliveryReq
        .ReadReceiptRequested = fReadRecpt
        .VotingOptions = strVotingOptions
        ' importance: High=2, Normal=1, Low=0
        .Importance = intImportance
        ' send the message
        ' set the final state of the function
        Email = True
    End With
End Function

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Author Comment

ID: 22724872
Thanks again.

I was hoping to stay away from Outlook.  The problem with Outlook is that if a session has not been started the user profile will not be resolved and that will not work.  So the user must open Outlook before running the code.  

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