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Launching Hyperlinks from Microsoft Access

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We have an Access Application where we are saving hyperlinks to documents.  For tif, jpg, etc documents, the hyperlinks are opening up to a viewer.  We would like to have these files open up in MS Paint.

Is there a way to code this into the application?
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Question by:btgtech
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Tested in Access 2007 on Windows 7
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Public Function TestShell()
On Error GoTo Err_TestShell

    Dim varReturn

    varReturn = Shell("c:\Windows\system32\mspaint.exe f:\temp\outlookfind1.jpg", vbNormalFocus)

Exit_TestShell:
    Exit Function

Err_TestShell:
    MsgBox Err.Number & " (" & Err.Description & ") in procedure TestShell of Module Module3"
    Resume Exit_TestShell
   
End Function
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Does anything need to change in the hyperlink?
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omgang earned 1500 total points
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If the hyperlink is currently a UNC path such as J:\SomeFolder\SomeSubFolder\ImageFile.gif then no you don't need to change the hyperlink.  Assuming the control on the form is named HLink you could code a command button something like this

Private Sub Command1_Click()
'open the file specified in the HLink control using MS Paint
On Error GoTo Err_Command1_Click

    Dim strCommand As String

    strCommand = "c:\Windows\System32\mspaint.exe " & Me.HLink
    Call Shell(strCommand)

Exit_Command1_Click:
    Exit Sub

Err_Command1_Click:
    MsgBox Err.Number & ", " & Err.Description, , "Error"
    Resume Exit_Command1_Click

End Sub

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by:omgang
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It may help to post the current code/macro/event procedure for how the hyperlinks are being opened now.
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by:btgtech
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The App currently uses the functionality available when a field type of Hyperlink is used.
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by:omgang
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So what value is stored in the field?  Just the file name or a UNC path as in my example?
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It is the UNC path, so I will try the above Function.
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