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Is it possible to open a New email (To: can be blank) via a form button, with selected control values appearing in the body of the email?  If so, please provide sample VBA code to do so.
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Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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Here's one example:

Sub SendMessage(strTo As String, _
                               strSubject As String, strBody As String, strCC As String, _
                               Optional AttachmentPath)

    Dim objOutlook As Outlook.Application
    Dim objOutlookMsg As Outlook.MailItem

    ' Create the Outlook session.
    Set objOutlook = CreateObject("Outlook.Application")

    ' Create the message.
    Set objOutlookMsg = objOutlook.CreateItem(olMailItem)

    With objOutlookMsg
        ' Add the To recipient(s) to the message.
        .To_ = strTo
        .CC = strCC
        .BodyFormat = olFormatHTML
        .HTMLBody = strBody
        .Subject = strSubject

        ' Add attachments to the message, multiple attachments separated with ;
        If Not IsMissing(AttachmentPath) Then
            .Attachments.Add (AttachmentPath)
        End If

        .Display

    End With

    Set objOutlookMsg = Nothing
    Set objOutlook = Nothing

End Sub
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Note BTW that this is an early bound example, so you need a reference set to Outlook.

You'd call this from a onclick event, passing the control value to the procedure.

Also note there are other ways to send mail, but you would need to provide the interface and then send the mail directly.

Jim.
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Just what I need if you can advise me as to how to define a data type?  e.g. Outlook.Application   (error: user-defined type not defined)
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<<Just what I need if you can advise me as to how to define a data type?  e.g. Outlook.Application   (error: user-defined type not defined) >>

 You need to set a reference to Outlook in the VBA editor under tools/references.

Jim.
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Or you can go late bound:

 Dim objOutlook as Object

 Set objOutlook = CreateObject("Outlook.Application")

and forgo the reference.

Jim.
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I'm on my way.   Many thanks!
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