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Can I send an HTML file as body text using Outlook.MailItem?

Posted on 2008-10-24
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I'm trying to send an HTML file as 'body text' via MS Access vba using the Outlook.MailItem feature.
I'm able to do it fine with the CDO message object as follows:
objMessage.CreateMHTMLBody "file://c|/temp/test.htm"

But when I try to do this with the Outlook message object, I get an error.
I couldn't find a 'CreateMHTMLBody' option using Outlook objects, so I tried:
objMailMessage.HTMLBody "file://c|/temp/test.htm"
But received an error :(

The reason why I'm trying to use Outlook objects instead of CDO is that I want to save to my Outlook drafts folder.

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Question by:Bill543
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by:omgang
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I think you need to create a message template in Outlook using the html page.  Then you can create a new message using that template.  I have some code around here somewhere that does exactly that.  I'll see if I can dig it up.
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Found it - it's older code but shows how to create an Outlook message in Access and specify a template to use
OM Gang
Sub SendMessage(Reg As String)
On Error Resume Next
 
        'declare and open instance of MS Outlook
    Dim olOutlook As New Outlook.Application
    Dim olNS As Outlook.NameSpace
    Dim olFolders As Outlook.MAPIFolder
    Dim olContacts As Outlook.MAPIFolder
    Dim olItems As Outlook.Items
    Dim olConItem As Outlook.ContactItem
    Dim olOutlookMsg As Outlook.MailItem
    Dim olOutlookRecip As Outlook.Recipient
    Dim olOutlookAttach As Outlook.Attachment
    Dim strMsgBody As String, strPST As String
    Dim strCriteria As String
    Dim intCounter As Integer
    
        'build message body for this region
        'function call - this module
        'returns "Failed" on error
    strMsgBody = BuildMsg(Reg)
    If strMsgBody = "Failed" Then
            'call error handler with specifics - this module
        Call ErrorHandler("BuildMsg", 1, False)
        GoTo Exit_SendMessage
    End If
    
        'assign name of outlook PST folder we want to use to string
        'variable
    strPST = "Broadcast"
        'set object Outlook NameSpace
    Set olNS = olOutlook.GetNamespace("MAPI")
        'set object NameSpace Folders for PST file
    Set olFolders = olNS.Folders(strPST)
        'set object Contacts folder for PST file
    Set olContacts = olFolders.Folders("Contacts")
        'set object Contacts in folder
    Set olItems = olContacts.Items
    
        'assign item category for this region to string variable so
        'we can search for contacts
    strCriteria = Reg & "_Broadcast"
        
        'loop through list of contacts
    For intCounter = 1 To olItems.Count
        Set olConItem = olItems(intCounter)
            'find contacts for the current region
        If olConItem.Categories = strCriteria Then
    
                'select message template for this region
            Set olOutlookMsg = olOutlook.CreateItemFromTemplate _
                    ("i:\outlook\templates\" & Reg & "_Broadcast.oft")
 
            With olOutlookMsg
                    'recipient
                Set olOutlookRecip = .Recipients.Add(olConItem.Email1Address)
                olOutlookRecip.Type = olTo
 
                    'subject, body, importance
                .Subject = "Inventories Available for " _
                        & "Cherry Pick"
                .Body = strMsgBody
                .Importance = olImportanceNormal
 
                    'attachment(s)
                Set olOutlookAttach = .Attachments.Add _
                        ("p:\output\inventory1.pdf", , , "Inventory 1")
                Set olOutlookAttach = .Attachments.Add _
                        ("p:\output\inventory2.pdf", , , "Inventory 2")
 
                    'resolve recipient name
                For Each olOutlookRecip In .Recipients
                    olOutlookRecip.Resolve
                Next
 
                    'display before sending?  add (DisplayMsg As Boolean)
                    'to sub/func declare
                'If DisplayMsg Then
                '    .Display
                'Else
                '    .Save
                '    .Send
                'End If
 
                .Save
                .Send
 
            End With
        End If
    
    Next intCounter
 
Exit_SendMessage:
        'clear object variables
    Set olOutlookAttach = Nothing
    Set olOutlookRecip = Nothing
    Set olOutlookMsg = Nothing
    Set olConItem = Nothing
    Set olItems = Nothing
    Set olContacts = Nothing
    Set olFolders = Nothing
    Set olNS = Nothing
    Set olOutlook = Nothing
    Exit Sub
 
End Sub

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by:Bill543
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Thanks! As usual you pulled through. Your solution worked for me.
I needed to add/edit the below line from your code:
'select message template for this region
Set olOutlookMsg = olOutlook.CreateItemFromTemplate _
("i:\outlook\templates\" & Reg & "_Broadcast.oft")
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