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Solution to original question worked for Outlook but does not appear to work for Outlook Express. Any suggestions?

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My original question was how to avoid the "Outlook Security Warning" message asking the user to "Allow" or "Deny" every single e-mail being created by an Access (.ADP Project) application.

The solution was to change from my original "DoCmd.SendObject" method to using a "CreateObject("outlook.application")" method in conjunction with MAPILab's "Advanced Security for Outook" add-in.

Although this seemed to work a treat on my development laptop, where I have a full copy of Outlook, it does not appear to work on my client's PCs where they tend to only have Outlook Express.
At the "CreateObject("outlook.application")" step in the VBA code, they are getting the error message :
Error Number : 429
Error Description : ActiveX component can't create object

Is a full version of Outlook required for this method?
Is there an alternative that can be suggested that would also work with Outlook Express?

Many thanks.
Colin.

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You can't automate Outlook Express. MapiLabs only works with the full version of Outlook.

You can use MAPI automation, or CDO - but not OE.

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Thanks for the prompt response, LSMConsulting.

Apologies for appearing a bit thick here, but can you just confirm my understanding of what you are saying?
"OE" (Outlook Express ?) cannot be automated in the way the full Outlook program can?
Users with Outlook Express cannot avoid the "Allow / Deny" "Outlook Security Warning" when I try to send an e-mail from an Access application?

Regards. Colin.
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Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE ) earned 2000 total points
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Outlook Express cannot be automated. You cannot use CreateObject("OutlookExpress"), for example. There are not creatable objects exposed by OE.

The only "kludge" that I know of to semi-automate the process of sending an email is here:

http://www.vb-helper.com/howto_send_outlook_express_attachment.html

It relies on SendKeys, which is notoriously unreliable, so use this at your own discretion.

Personally, I'd tell the client that you can't do this. You'll end up with a frustrated client, and dropped/missed emails. Better to "cut the cord" up front than to try and explain why the utility that you built (and they paid for) doesn't work.
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by:colinasad
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Thanks, LSMConsulting.
I just wanted to be sure I wasn't missing anything. My client will accept that somethings can be done and others can't.
Many thanks.
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