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Access Macro to Output an Excel Dynamic Filename based on a stored field value.

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Hi - I am having trouble with the Output File filename syntax to include a 3 letter dept value from my table?  Is this possible?  I've got the date format working in the filename, but now I want to output the current agency code without having to use an InputBox
Any ideas?
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by:snailcat
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This will pull from a field named 'deptvalue' and place it in your excel file output name.  The current code will save the file in the location C:\folder\ with the name testfile_ followed by the 'deptvalue' but can be changed with your needs.

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On Error GoTo namefile1_Err

    Dim deptname As String
    deptname = Me.deptvalue
    
    DoCmd.OutputTo acOutputTable, "Table1", "Excel97-Excel2003Workbook(*.xls)", "C:\folder\testfile_" & deptvalue & ".xls", False, "", 0, acExportQualityPrint


namefile1_Exit:
    Exit Sub

namefile1_Err:
    MsgBox Error$
    Resume namefile1_Exit

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by:otamian
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although I was trying to do it in a macro, I thank you for this approach.  Code is better than a macro.  One question: do I put this on a blank form or what type of object/event?  I want this to happen automatically after some other steps have run.
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You can have this run after whatever the other steps are that happen first. If the prior steps are in code just add this after that code.
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by:otamian
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Thanks.  Unfortunately, the other steps are in a macro... but can I place it in a RunCode action on my existing macro?  Sorry to be so dense.
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by:otamian
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As expected, I have something confused in this process.  I created a module called Archive_Detail in which I placed and attempted to modify your code.  I can't figure out how it would know what table the field DOC_DEPT_CD would be located.  I tried using the table name instead of Me. but the editor didn't like it.

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On Error GoTo namefile1_Err

    Dim deptname As String
    deptname = Me.DOC_DEPT_CD
    
    DoCmd.OutputTo acOutputTable, "0_Results", "Excel97-Excel2003Workbook(*.xls)", "S:\QAB\Shared\_DATASPIKE\testfile_" & DOC_DEPT_CD & ".xls", False, "", 0, acExportQualityPrint

namefile1_Exit:
    Exit Sub

namefile1_Err:
    MsgBox Error$
    Resume namefile1_Exit

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Are you running this in a form?

Is there more than one value of OC_DEPT_CD in the table?  If so how do you choose with value of the variable in the table you want for the file name?

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by:otamian
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Excellent question, but its far more simple than that.  The table is a download from another system that runs for one department at a time.  I can ouput a single occurance of the dept value into a one-column, one row table which would be a good place.  Table and Field are as follows: "[DEPT].[DOC_DEPT_CD]"

I could run the code as an OnClose event in a form or an OnOpen event on a report.  
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snailcat earned 500 total points
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If the table has only a single value you can just open a recordset of the table and it will have your value.

This should work.

HTH,
snailcat
Option Compare Database
On Error GoTo namefile1_Err


Dim rs As DAO.Recordset
   Dim db As DAO.Database
   
     Dim deptname As String
 
        Set db = CurrentDb
       Set rs = db.OpenRecordset("DEPT")
       deptname = rs!DOC_DEPT_CD


    DoCmd.OutputTo acOutputTable, "0_Results", "Excel97-Excel2003Workbook(*.xls)", "S:\QAB\Shared\_DATASPIKE\testfile_" & deptname & ".xls", False, "", 0, acExportQualityPrint
  
namefile1_Exit:
    Exit Sub

namefile1_Err:
    MsgBox Error$
    Resume namefile1_Exit

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