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Link pdf file to record

Posted on 2014-02-12
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Using Access 2010 or 2013
I would like to be able to bring up a file (image or pdf) on a record when clicking on a field.
On a report that lists several certifications for each employee I would like to bring up the specific scanned certification file or image for that listed cert record.
 How best to accomplish this?

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Jack Leach earned 500 total points
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Store the path to the PDF in a text field in your table.
Create a textbox to show the path/field value.
Set the textbox IsHyperlink property to True.
That should do, but you might have to write a bit of code in the Click event of the control also:

Private Sub MyPDFPath_Click()
  Application.FollowHyperlink Me!MyPDFPath
End Sub

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Linking a file to a record is easy. Getting the link to work on a report is not so easy. I generally use a form for this.

I have created a couple of  example:

1) Document Links

This is a basic example of how to store the path to  a file and also be able to view the file. You can browse using the standards windows common dialog to select the file. You can view the file using the application defined with the Windows File Associations. It uses the ShelExec API to open the file. It does not use the .Followhyperlink  method.

This example is a continuous form that could easily be used as a sub form to attach multiple documents to a record.

2) Document Links 2

his is an update to the basic example of how to store the path to a file and also be able to view the file. You can browse using the standards windows common dialog to select the file. You can view the file using the application defined with the Windows File Associations. It uses the ShelExec API to open the file. It does not use the .Followhyperlink  method.

This example is a continuous form that could easily be used as a sub form to attach multiple documents to a record.

***** Because it doesn't use the hyperlink data type, this new version stores the path in a way that allows the folder to be easily moved.
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HiTech

I appreciate your solution but I'm having problems plugging it in concerning control source.  I a newbie and will certainly pose this as a new question if you wish.
Don't know how much I need to put in my sample form of which is attached.  Can I do away with the most of the fields and just leave path ?

Thanks for your help and let me know if I should send another post.
SampleDB.accdb
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To use in your own application you can import the code module. The copy and past the two command buttons and the VBA code for each and  Edit the control names to match yours.

You can do away with any fields you feel you don't need other than the path.
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