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Posted on 2010-08-26
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As it says in the title.
See code. When I run this, not only does it ask me whether to save, which it should do automatically, but when I OK the save, I get this error:

     "The password is too long"
     error 5476 at line 340

When I OK this, it still saves as requested. The .docx is still protected by the password.

 Why do I get this message? It all works fine in Access 2002.

GrahamSkan, if you are listening, you appear to have deal with a similar question in Februay but it has been deleted.

Many thanks.
10  On Error GoTo createApp          ' create a Word app
20  Set docapp = GetObject(, "Word.Application")
30  On Error GoTo logInNotes_Error

40  On Error GoTo notFound
50  password = DLookup("[password readwrite]", "[my details]")
60  Set docdoc = docapp.Documents.Open("C:\program files\COUNSELOG 4.2\cg4 docs\" & _
                                       Forms!switchboard!thisuser & "\" & Forms![counselling log].client_on_form & ".docx", _
               , , , password, , , password)

'... all sorts of code to write to the .docx...

340 docdoc.Close wdSaveChanges
350 docapp.Quit

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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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...how long is the password?
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by:Peborgh
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9 characters.

Thanks,

peter
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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According to what I have seen the Max password length is 15 characters.

< , , , password, , , password)>
In the above, is: password, the actual password?
If so then it needs to be on double quotes:  "Password",,,"Password"

If it is a variable, then how is it being declared?

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by:Peborgh
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No, password is a variable.

Thanks,

petr
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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...and as I asked:
<then how is it being declared?>
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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...then name it as such, so it is easy to identify and avoid confusion:
strPassword
varPassword
...

...based on the datatype...
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by:Peborgh
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It was dim-ed as a string with no size specified.

Thanks,

peter
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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Is there a reason why you are not posting the full code?

You have 3 "On Error GoTo" lines in the code, which is, in and of itself, ...confusing, but in addition, ...none of the GOTO destinations are shown?

I don't see any declarations, yet at line 20 you are already "Setting" an object equal to something...

JeffCoachman


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by:Peborgh
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Here is the whole thing, I thought the whole code was not relevant but only the bits that went wrong. Sorry.

peter
Sub logInNotes(this_form As Form, mode As String, CTYPE As String)
' stick log entry and/or template in Word notes
'
' "L"   log only
' "T"   template only
' "LT"  both

    Dim blret As Boolean, RTFstring As String

    Dim docapp As Object
    Dim docdoc As Object
    Dim password, thislog As String
    Dim junk As Integer
    Dim temppath As String

    ' paragraph and range objects for bookmark/borders code
    Dim rng As Object
    Dim par As Object

    ' open up the file
    On Error GoTo logInNotes_Error

10  On Error GoTo createApp          ' create a Word app
20  Set docapp = GetObject(, "Word.Application")
30  On Error GoTo logInNotes_Error

40  On Error GoTo notFound
50  password = DLookup("[password readwrite]", "[my details]")
60  Set docdoc = docapp.Documents.Open("C:\program files\COUNSELOG 4.2\cg4 docs\" & _
                                       Forms!switchboard!thisuser & "\" & Forms![counselling log].client_on_form & ".docx", _
               , , , password, , , password)
               
70  On Error GoTo logInNotes_Error

    ' timestamp always if we got this far...
90  docapp.Selection.EndKey Unit:=wdStory  ' to the end of text
100 docapp.Selection.Font.size = 11
110 docapp.Selection.TypeText vbCrLf & "___________________________" & vbCrLf   ' timestamp
120 docapp.Selection.TypeText CTYPE & " session on " & _
                              Format(Forms![counselling log]!date_on_form, "MMMM dd, yyyy") & _
                              ", session number " & Forms![counselling log]!sesno & vbCrLf

    ' stick in log entry?
130 If InStr(mode, "L") Then
140     docapp.Selection.Font.size = 13
150     docapp.Selection.TypeText "Log for session: " & vbCrLf
        ' plant starting bookmark

160     docdoc.Bookmarks.Add "start", docapp.Selection.Range

        ' plant text from Access field
171     thislog = Forms![counselling log].[dealt with]      ' convert to string from access field
172     docapp.Selection.TypeText RegExpReplace(thislog, "<(.|\n)*?>") & vbCrLf & vbCrLf

        ' RTF copy
'170     CF_RTF = RegisterClipboardFormat(RTF)
'180     blret = ClipBoard_SetRTFText(Forms![counselling log].[dealt with].rtfText, CF_RTF)    ' from Access...
        'RTFstring = ClipBoard_GetRTFText(CF_RTF)
'190     docapp.Selection.Paste
'200     docapp.Selection.TypeText vbCrLf & vbCrLf

        ' make a range from bookmark to where we are now
        'Set rng = docdoc.Range(docdoc.Bookmarks("start").Range.end, docapp.Selection.end)
210     Set rng = docdoc.Range(docdoc.Bookmarks("start").end, docapp.Selection.end)    ' create range to cover all text imported

        ' enable borders for all paras in this range
220     For Each par In rng.Paragraphs
230         par.Borders.Enable = True
240     Next par
250 End If

    ' stick in template?
260 If InStr(mode, "T") Then
270     temppath = DLookup("[session template path]", "[my details]")
280     If IsNull(temppath) Then
290         Call tellIt(Forms![session log]!Label193, Forms![session log], False)
300     Else
310         docapp.Selection.insertfile temppath
320     End If
330 End If

360 Set rng = Nothing
370 Set par = Nothing

340 docdoc.Close wdSaveChanges
350 docapp.Quit

380 Set docdoc = Nothing
390 Set docapp = Nothing

    'go home

    On Error GoTo 0
    Exit Sub

createApp:
430 Set docapp = CreateObject("Word.Application")
440 Resume Next

notFound:
450 Call tellIt(this_form.Label162, this_form, False)
460 Exit Sub

logInNotes_Error:

    MsgBox "Error " & err.number & _
         " (" & err.description & _
           ") from >" & err.source & _
           "< in line " & Erl & _
         " in procedure 'logInNotes' of Module 'global'", vbExclamation

End Sub

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Jeffrey Coachman earned 2000 total points
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I think your error is here:
    Dim password, thislog As String

If you do not explicitly declare a variable, it is defaulted to a "Variant"
This is why this syntax is not used so often.

May people presume that if you insert a line of variables and simply make the last one: "As String", ...that this will apply to all the preceding variables.

Again, in reality, all the undeclared variables will be Variants and only the last one will be a string

So you can do this:
    Dim password as String, thislog As String

But the preferred syntax is:
    Dim password a string
    Dim thislog As String

Optional:
Following through and naming the variables with standard naming convention prefixes, we get:
   Dim srtPassword a string
   Dim strThislog As String

So fix this, compile the code and test.
;-)

(I still don't see the need for having 5 On Error GoTo lines
(you should only have 1, ...but this is another issue...)

;-)

JeffCoachman
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by:Peborgh
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I changed the variable "password" to string. no improvement.

Then used

        dim password as string*16

and it worked!

This was not necessary in Office/Word/Access 2002?! Any comments?

Many thanks,

peter
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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OK
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by:Peborgh
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So I assume you don't know why this was necessary in 2007 but not 2002?

peter
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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MS Office Passwords are now more "secure" than in previous versions.
My guess is that strict declarations of password Variables is part of this security.
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by:Peborgh
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Good thinking, boag2000. And thanks.

peter
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by:Peborgh
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Dim-ing the password variable as string was a step in the right direction, but setting it as 16 chars long was the final solution...
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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Teamwork

;-)
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Amen!
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