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Opening an Access from from VBA

Posted on 2013-11-20
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I have some code that is run in Excel that opens an Access database.

It has been working well but I now want it to open a different database.

It works fine if the database is not open to start with, but if the database is open I get the error that

"the open form command is not available now".

Here is the code, I am running it in test mode so boTest is TRUE:

Sub OpenDatabaseForm()

Dim OrderDB As Database
Dim stForm As String
Dim intDbVersion As Integer
Dim accObj As Object

stErrorTitle = "Open Database Form"


    If boTest Then
        Set accObj = CreateObject("access.application")
        Set FSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
        If FSO.FileExists(Environ("Userprofile") & "\Desktop\TestOrderBookSQLFE.laccdb") Then
            AppActivate ("Microsoft Access - TestOrderBookSQLFE")
            If Not accObj Is Nothing Then
                With accObj
                    .docmd.openform "frm_orders", , , "[f1cSCOrder]= '" & stSCOrd & "'"
                    .docmd.openform "frmProcessOrders", , , "[f1cSCOrder]= '" & stSCOrd & "'"

                    .UserControl = True
                End With
            End If
        Else
            accObj.OpenCurrentDatabase Environ("UserProfile") & "\Desktop\TestOrderBookSQLFE.accdb"
        End If
    Else
        Set accObj = CreateObject("access.application")
        Set FSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
        If FSO.FileExists(Environ("Userprofile") & "\Desktop\TestOrderBookSQLFE.laccdb") Then
            AppActivate ("Microsoft Access - TestOrderBookSQLFE")
            If Not accObj Is Nothing Then
                With accObj
                    .docmd.openform "frm_orders", , , "[f1cSCOrder]= '" & stSCOrd & "'"
                    .docmd.openform "frmProcessOrders", , , "[f1cSCOrder]= '" & stSCOrd & "'"
                    .UserControl = True
                End With
            End If
        Else
            Set accObj = CreateObject("access.application")
            accObj.OpenCurrentDatabase Environ("UserProfile") & "\Desktop\TestOrderBookSQLFE.accdb"        
End If
    End If
         With accObj
            .docmd.openform "frm_Orders", , , "[f1cSCOrder]= '" & stSCOrd & "'"
            .docmd.openform "frmProcessOrders", , , "[f1cSCOrder]= '" & stSCOrd & "'"
            .UserControl = True
         End With


End Sub

Why won't the form open.  Could there be something in frm_orders prevent automatic opening like this? it does have procedures in the On Current and On Load events.

Thanks

LJM
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by:SStory
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I'd think when Access has it opened it may lock the file and you can't VBA to a locked file.
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Rey Obrero (Capricorn1) earned 500 total points
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in your code, if the Application is open, you are not setting the object accObj to point to the open application..

if the application is open, use the GetObject() function to set the accObj

set accObj=getObject(, "access.application")


see this for reference
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office/aa164798%28v=office.10%29.aspx
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by:PatHartman
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What exactly are you trying to do?  Opening a form via automation doesn't make any sense.  And opening a database that other people are using should never be done.  Remember, every user should have his own personal copy of the FE.  And if it turns out that you actually do need to automate the application, you should use a copy that is not being used by others.  They should never be shared.  Forms are intended to be interactive.  You don't use them in a batch process.  Are you trying to run some code from the form's class module or perhaps a query?
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by:LJKMartin
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Hi Pat,

Yes, every user does have their own copy of the front-end and that's what I'm trying to open (hence the path to the file being the user's desktop).

The code imports data from Excel into the SQL back-end and then I want to open the form in order to show the imported data.

There is no process required in the form, I just want to open it and show the imported record.
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Wouldn't it be simpler to automate this from Access?  Then you don't need to open Excel at all.  Just have Access link to the spreadsheet and run an append query to append the data to the linked SQL server table.  This would probably be more convenient for the user also.
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by:LJKMartin
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Nope,

The data is sent in via email and the user needs to open it to check before importing it to the database.  Which they do without having to save it first.
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Thanks Capricorn
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