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Sending emails from Access - Error 287

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I'm trying to send an email from Access using Outlook.  I have several macros that send emails for different purposes, most using the docmd.sendobject method.  This works fine althought a security message does pop up in Outlook askingthe user to confirm the action, which is not a problem.

I then have another macro that is used to send an email with a word document as an attachement.  All was fine when we were using XP and 2003 but having upgraded to Win 7 and Office 2010 this no longer works.  I have tried several different methods of sending this email but the jist of it is ...

Dim oLook As Object
Dim oMail As Object
Set oLook = CreateObject("Outlook.Application")
Set oMail = oLook.CreateItem(0)

With oMail
   .To = test@test.com
   .Body ="Hello World"
   .Subject = "hello"
   .Attachments.Add ("attachment.doc")
   .Send
End With

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All the different codes I have tried vary arround the use of creating an Outlook object.  I can't use the SendObject method because it does not support attachments.

The error message that I get is...
Run-time error '287':
Application-defined or object-defined error.

I have done a lot of research on the net trying to find a solution which I have not been able to find.

One thing that does keep coming up is security within Outlook not allowing Access to send emails.  Outlook doesn't even come up with the message asking the user to confirm the issue.

Has anyone else come up against this and know of a solution, whether in Access or Outlook?

TIA.
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by:Rey Obrero (Capricorn1)
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change this

  .Attachments.Add ("attachment.doc")

to include the full path to the document

  .Attachments.Add ("c:\foldername\attachment.doc")
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This is generated either when security disallows all programmatic access or user says 'no' to the request.

Have you tried to either disable outlook security or sign your project/MDB with a certificate so it is trusted
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@MacroShadow
I've just used a CDO example and got it to work, thanks.  The only issue with that is the sent email does not appear in the sent items.  We kind of need this for an audit trail.  Do you know if this is possible at all?

@regmigrant
Thanks, all the settings are locked but I will get IT to change them for me and see if that gets my old code working in case the CDO method doesn't allow messages to be shown in the sent items of outlook.
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When you sent an email using cdo it won't show up in Outlook's sent items since you are interacting directly with the mail server, the sent items are a mail client function, in your case Outlook's.
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You could cc the local user and set a category as an audit trail using CDO - this might be easier than the security/signing option
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Thanks, now set everything up using CDO and using the CC opetion as an audit trail.
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