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Posted on 2012-03-14
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I generate a report in Access 2007 regularly that needs to be converted to Word. No problem there.

I also have a standard/template set of Powerpoint slides that need to hyperlink directly to specific pages in that Word document.

My thought is to generate the report in Access, export to Word and run some sort of code that will automatically go through word looking for the first line in the report (which contains the customer name) to create a bookmark at the customer name that is the customer's name with spaces removed. The customer names rarely change (so my PowerPoint hyperlinks should be able to point to the same bookmarks in the word document, no problem), it's just the metadata for the customer that changes.

I thought the geniuses here at Experts could tell me if there is a better way of accomplishing my goal (which is to automatically regenerate the bookmarks every time in my report)... perhaps something I could put in the database to create the bookmark?

If you think the Word code is the best bet, I need help creating that code; i have no idea how to create a bookmark in code.

Thanks!
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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Anytime I can create a solution that keeps everything "All in the Family" (Use 1 Office App), The easier it becomes. (again, for me at least)

You can create a Report in Access that has click-able Hyperlinks (In Report View Only)
Then send that link to the appropriate PP file.
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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Something like this:
Database98.mdb
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checking out the db... in the meantime i had started the following response:

I would love to eliminate a step and keep it all in one app. Let me make sure I am clear about the direction of linking and then find out more about your solution.

The Powerpoint slides have links that open the word document at a particular location.
If the power point slides were to have links to the Access Report, how do i create the "goto" place in Access?

If the links in Powerpoint go to the report in Access, what format is the Access report in... or do the links from powerpoint have to open Access, run the report, then find the correct data item?
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by:epuglise
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Ok I see your report drives the powerpoints opening.  I need the reverse-- the powerpoint slides have links that open the access report (saved as a .doc) to a particular page...
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GrahamSkan earned 1500 total points
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This is a Word macro:
Sub FindCust()
    Dim rng As Range
    
    Set rng = ActiveDocument.Range
    With rng.Find
        .Text = "MyCustomer"
        If .Execute Then
            ActiveDocument.Bookmarks.Add "bmkCustomer", rng
        End If
    End With
    
End Sub

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Thanks Graham.... So I have 100 customers in this report-- would you recommend any efficiencies to the code snipped you gave me or should i just repeat the snippet above 100 times and replace the find text and bookmark with the appropriate customer name? (I'm wondering if there's a way to do it with CASE but I'm not a great coder...)
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GrahamSkan,

I'll let you take this from here...

;-)

Jeff
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