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I have added an export button to one of my forms, and I would like for the user to be able to click the export button, then bring up the output to dialog.

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Then save the file to predetermined location.

My question is once the user selects the output type they want, how do I specify the correct file extension in code.

This is the code I have now:

        DoCmd.OpenReport "RIF", acViewReport, , "[Main-Master].[IDTag]='" & ID & "'"
        DoCmd.OutputTo acOutputReport, "RIF", , \\servername\Files\" & ID & ?????????
        DoCmd.Close acReport, "RIF"

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The third parameter is your format choice, and the options are

acFormatASP
acFormatDAP
acFormatHTML
acFormatIIS
acFormatRTF
acFormatSNP
acFormatTXT
acFormatXLS
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<No Points wanted>

And if you have Access 2007 (with the PDF Add-in installed) or Access 2010:
acFormatPDF
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I do not want to hard code a format in

I want the dialog to pop up, but to save the filename as ID.pdf or ID.xls or ID.snp or ID.rtf
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I want to give the user all of the options and let them choose how they want to export it.  By leaving the third parameter blank it brings up the dialog box (just like I want it to) but as above I want to save the file with a certain extension based on what the user selects.
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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Just bear in mind that leaving the Output format argument null is supposed to signify that you want the user to use the "Output To Location" dialog box to select the location and the extension.
Hence you would use this:
   
    DoCmd.OutputTo acOutputReport, "RIF"

The key here is that the "Output To Location" dialog box will default to the last used location, so there may no need to hardcore it.

I don't think you can directly detect what format the user selects from the "Output To Format" dialog box.

...you can build your own "Select Format" form (dialog box) that does this though...
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Yeah I just didn't want to have to create it... lazy me... I was hoping to use the native dialog boxes.

If I do use the default Output To location box, then I have no control over what the filename is saved as.  They could rename it and call it whatever they wanted and also put it wherever they wanted, which is not what I want..

Looks like I will build it myself.

Thanks for the inputs!
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