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I have an outlook form with multiple text boxes.  I need the end user that uses this form to be able to insert a hyperlink to a file on the network.  Is there a way to enable hyperlinking on a text box in a Custom Outlook Form.
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by:David Lee
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Hi, commeng.  

There's no way I know of to get a hyperlink to behave as a hyperlink in a textbox.  If the textbox will only contain the hyperlink string, then you can add a command button next to the textbox and use its click event to launch the URL in the textbox.  
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OK, how would I write the code for the command button?
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This will do it.  The code assumes that the name of the command button is "CommandButton1".
Function CommandButton1_Click()
    Dim objPage, objControl, varValue, objShell
    'Change the page name on the next line'
    Set objPage = Item.GetInspector.ModifiedFormPages("P.2")
    'Change the control name on the next line'
    Set objControl = objPage.Controls("TextBox1")
    varValue = objControl.Value
    If varValue <> "" Then
        Set objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
        objShell.Exec "explorer.exe " & varValue
    End If
    Set objPage = Nothing
    Set objControl = Nothing
    Set objShell = Nothing
End Function

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I was so close to having that on my own.  :D  I was doing a Sub not a Function, guess I will know for next time.  Thank you so much!
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You're welcome.  Glad I could help out.
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Instead of the normal text box you could try using a Rich Text Box.  This page has a control that you could use that is based on a rich text box but with clickable hyperlinks: http://www.martin2k.co.uk/vb6/tips/vb_39.php

(Once you have registered the control, in the forms designer In the toolbox, right click and select Custom Controls, then scroll down the list to select the control.)
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