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Posted on 2014-02-06
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Basically I have two questions here:

sometimes my hyperlinks just stop working (haven't moved the files) - they just get a load of gobbledegook in them e.g. &&%% etc. Should I just recreate them? This is in Excel

If I have a hyperlink to files in a folder eg. Access and the folder is moved - is there any way to ensure the hyperlink moves with it...or do I have to recreate the links again. Thank you
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Hi,

question 2 you need to recreate link again.

thanks Aditya
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by:Dale Fye
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This is one of the reasons I don't use the hyperlink datatype in Access.  I generally save the filename and the filepath in separate fields in my Access database.  Then, I run a query that contatenates the two and validates whether the file still exists on that path, something like:

SELECT [FilePath] & [FileName] as FileFull, IsValidFile([FilePath] & [FileName])
FROM yourTable
WHERE [FilePath] & [FileName] is NOT NULL

Then function IsValidFile simply tests whether the file exists using the Dir() function:

Public Function IsValidFile(FullName as string)

    IsValidFile = (Len(Dir(FullName)) > 0)

End Function

Then you can present those files where the [FilePath]&[FileName] is not valid and allow the user to search along a different path, or select a different path and assign all files that were in the original path to the new path.
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by:agwalsh
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Hm, thanks for that. The scenario is that every year the IT people in the company do a "tidy up" which means they ask people to move folders etc..
So assuming the second step you mentioned there.." assign all files that were in the original path to the new path."...how would that be done? The users I am helping are not VBA savvy...so it would have to be very clear :-)
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I would actually probably build that "archiving" into the application.

1.  Create a form with a dropdown containing all of the distinct paths to which files are located.  This way they can select all of the records that are on that path.

RowSource = "SELECT DISTINCT [FilePath] FROM yourTable"

2.  Add a textbox for the new path.  You can use the filedialog object (search it here on EE) to get sample code for selecting the path (if you don't want them to type it in).

3.  Move button, would look to see whether the new path already exists.  If not, it would confirm you want to create it.  Then create a recordset containing all of the files that need to be moved to the new path (based on the [FilePath] value.  Loop through that recordset using the FileCopy statement to copy files from the oldpath to the new path.

4.  Before deleting the files from the current path, I would probably make another pass through that loop, making sure that all of the files were copied properly, and if so, would then update the [FilePath] for each file and delete the file from the existing path using the Kill statement.
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by:Dale Fye
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Forgot about that, but you could also use the Name statement to do that all in one operation.

Name [OldFilePathAndName], [NewFilePathAndName]

which would eliminate step #4.
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by:agwalsh
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Thanks for that. Got me thinking in a whole different way..much appreciated.
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glad I could help.
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