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Create shortcut in SharePoint WSS to open Access 2003 database

Posted on 2009-05-08
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We currently have SharePoint WSS 3.0 and MS Access 2003.
I have several Access databases which have multiple tables, forms, etc.  At this time I'd like to just create a link or icon or something in Sharepoint which will just replace the desktop icon we currently use to open the database.
I can't find any way to do this since everything points to publishing with Access (which is for Access 2007) or importing or linking tables.
At this time I only want to use Sharepoint to let them open the database.
Can anyone help!
Thanks!
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Question by:Senniger1
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James Murrell earned 500 total points
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Start in Notepad with the following:

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\msaccess.exe" to open Access on your PC.  Just find the path to the program; hopefully it's standard on everyone's PC.

Save it as a .bat file  (example:  openaccessinwwss.bat) on your shared directory.

Put a shortcut or link to openaccessinwwss.bat in WSS
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I created a .bat file and below is it's content:
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\MSACCESS.EXE" "W:\Customer.mde" /wrkgrp "W:Customer.mdw"

My only problem is the DOS Black Window stays open until I exit the database.  I'd like to open the database, then close the DOS window.

Do you know of a way to prevent the black window from showing?
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by:Senniger1
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I figured out how close the DOS window.
Basically I added this...
start ""
In front of my file path below...
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\MSACCESS.EXE" "W:\Customer.mde" /wrkgrp "W:Customer.mdw"
Resulting in this...
start "" "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\MSACCESS.EXE" "W:\Customer.mde" /wrkgrp "W:Customer.mdw"
And my DOS windows closed.

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Thank you so much.  This was exactly what I needed.
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