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I have a field with URLs.  It there a way for it to appear as a clickable hyperlink in Access, either on a form or when viewing the actual table/query?
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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<It there a way for it to appear as a clickable hyperlink>
"Appear" as click-able, ...or actually be click-able?

You can create a "Hyperlink" datatype field in Access and they will be clickable in the table and any form you make from it.

You can also insert this field into a form control and set the IsHyperlink Property to true.
You can use code like this on the controls on click event:
Application.followhyperlink txtYourHyperlinkField
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office/aa221236%28v=office.11%29.aspx

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...anther note.

though using a hyperlink field does work, the Hyperlink datatype does have some issues.
(cannot convert to SQL Server, the storage method, what is displayed, ...etc)

Most developer will store this data as text, then use FollowHyperlink.

But to be fair, let's see what other experts may post.

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by:PatHartman
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I don't use the Hyperlink data type because it isn't supported in SQL Server.  I set the formatting to FormatAsHyperlink = Always and use the FollowHyperlink method.   I've used it with Word, Excel, PDF, PP, etc documents as well as URL's.  To use the technique with documents, the type needs to be registered so that Windows knows what program to invoke to open the document type.  You would only have trouble with this if you had non-standard types or if for some reason you wanted something other than Excel to open an .xls/.xlsx type.
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I tried both of these methods and they worked
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