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What is the best way to export the results of a query to excel or csv

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If I have a query, for example "Stock Requirements" or "Bill of Materials" what is the best way to export the results to an excel or csv file to a folder on the local C:\MyFolder drive. Hopefully without over-riding any existing file.

I would like to have a button on the main form that exports it without a load of questions

Derek
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by:Pasha Kravtsov
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Create a view with your sql query and then build a SSIS Package to export the data automatically via SQL Server Agent.

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Rey Obrero earned 400 total points
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to export to excel

docmd.transferspreadsheet acexport,, "Stock Requirements", "C:\MyFolder\myExcel.xls", True


what version of office are you using ?
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This is for an application that is packaged and goes out as an mde so it will have to work with all versions.

I suspect the old .xls will do. Is that what you are referring too?

Derek
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ok, the code above should work.. try it and post back the result
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You need to make the destination a variable or you will keep overwriting the existing file and you probably want to do it in two parts.  Part 1 gets the path.  If this changes frequently, you should prompt for it each time.  If it is generally fixed for a user, then it should be stored in a table as part of a setup.  That way the user can choose the location once and not be prompted each time but still have the ability to go back and change the default location.  The second part is the file name.  You may want to include the date as a suffix or perhaps something else to make it unique.
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I will try code and variable and post back.

Many thanks

Dere
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Sorry took so long to come back.

Works a treat and I have a variable for the path

Thanks to you both

Derek
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