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Assigning a module to a menu button (onclick event)

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I want to assign a VB module to a menu button and have the code executed upon the OnClick event; however, I'm not finding the method to accomplish this via the OnClick options.  My research indicates that this call to the module must be made through an establshed function...? Seems straight forward enough but my feeble attempts to make this work have failed.  Any assistance is appreciated.
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by:omgang
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You don't actually call a module.  You can call a function.  The trick is you can create a function whose purpose is to call a sub.

Private Function CallSub()

    Call MySubProcedure

End Function


Now you set the OnClick event to the function CallSub, e.g. =CallSub()

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What do you mean by "menu item"? Are you referencing a ribbon item? Or are you using the term for something else?
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"My research indicates that this call to the module must be made through an establshed function."

Not the case.

Say this is the Function you want to call, either in a Form Module or VBA Module

Public Function mMyCoolFx()

 ' code does whatever

End Function

On the property sheet of the command button - Event tab ... do this - see image,

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I created the function but when I click on the menu button I get an error message that Access can't find the object "StartPDfEmail" (my function).  I typed the name of this function on the "OnClick" line in properties for this button - is that the correct method?
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You need to include the Equals sign ... and no quotes ... see image above

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Where did you create the Function StartPDfEmail?  Did you make it a public function?
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Okay, did that, but now geting a compile error - "expected variable or procedure, not module"
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StartPDFEmail is a not a function, it's a Public Sub.
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"it's a Public Sub."

It needs to be a Public Function, not Sub

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Thank you.
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My first post shows how to use a function to call a sub.
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But why would you want to do that?
I *never* ever use Subs. To me they are totally useless in today's world.

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mx, understood.  I interpreted the original Q as to how to call a Sub Procedure directly from the OnClick action of a command button.  A method to do so is to create a function to call the sub.  Now this should seem silly to just about anyone who goes through the excercise since simply converting the called Sub to a Function (as you suggested) provides solution in fewer lines of code.
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A function to call a function, interesting.
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@omgang:
ok.

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