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I've made an access database that sends emails out based on text entered on a form.
I have to put HTML coding in the text form field in order for the email to show any HTML formatting.

My question is, is there a way to get an Access text form control to show text in HTML format?

-Bill

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Yes, upgrade to Access 2007.
The so called Rich Text Control of this version does not use RTF formatted but HTML formatted text.

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If you are using A2007 , it has a 'rich text control' which is really an html text control and so allows you to create html encoded text.
I don't know of anything in any earlier versions.  You can add the html code to the text but I don't know how you would display the formatted result in Access.

It might be worth emailing a company such as FMS who would probably know of anything that will do this.
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Darn - I have Access 2007 at home, but my place of work is running 2003. I think I may try to link the Access 2003 form control to a word document to display the html text...
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Or use the web browser control? I haven't used it but it should be able to display (net edit) an HTML note.

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Thanks for your inputs, guys. I went ahead and split the points evenly between you - hope you don't mind.
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So you upgraded? Or?

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Actually the place I work probably won't upgrade anytime soon, and trying to email an OLE form object linked or embedded to a word document didn't work, and the web browser function seemed to be more for linking to webpages.

So I think what I'm going to do is just save the email body as an HTML file on the server and send using coding similar to this:
objMessage.CreateMHTMLBody "file://c|/temp/test.htm"

-Bill
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Sounds like a good compromise.

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>  the web browser function seemed to be more for linking to webpages.

It is. But if you have the content saved as an HTML file, you could open this.
However, a lot of work to do if it not even is absolutely needed.

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