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I have some code that will run on a server and will generate a word file, to be downloaded to the user.  Since it is running on a server, there is no good reason to have the Word application itself visible.  The trouble is that I cannot activate Word when I set visible to false.

The code below works fine.

When I comment out the line that says 'mswApp.Vislble = true", I get a COMError that it cannot activate the application.

Any idea why?  Why would it let me set the application to invisible if I cannot activate it once I do?

Thanks.



mswApp = new Microsoft.Office.Interop.Word.Application();
mswApp.Visible = false;
//
// Comment out the next line for production
//
mswApp.Visible = true;
mswApp.Activate();

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AndyAinscow earned 2000 total points
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>>Any idea why?

Well activate gives it the focus - oops, it's hidden !!
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by:TimAttaway
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Ah!  I thought you had to activate the application before you could generate a document but in fact you don't.  Thanks.
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