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Problem w/ Overwriting Excel Export from Access 2007

Posted on 2014-03-27
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I am running some code that exports data based on a query to an Excel file (.xlsx) executed by a button. Previously I was exporting to a .xls file but since I have changed it to an Excel 2007 format I noticed that the file is not being overwritten. The crazy this is that when I navigate to the directory where the file is going the modified date/time is updated and the size of the file increases but when I open it I see the exact same data in there that I exported on the first execution of the code. Below is the code that I am running.

Dont know if this matters but I am exporting the file to a Sharepoint site although I stating the fully resolved path. Any assistance with this would be much appreciated.

Thank you

Public Function ExportFormData()

    On Error GoTo ErrorHandler
    
    DoCmd.SetWarnings False
    
    Dim strDashboardPath As String
    Dim strQryVacRecords As String
    
    strDashboardPath = "\\teamspace\sites\RD_TEAM\ExcelExports\"
    strQryVacRecords = strDashboardPath & "VAC_RECORDS_2014.xlsx"
    
    DoCmd.TransferSpreadsheet TransferType:=acExport, SpreadsheetType:=acSpreadsheetTypeExcel12Xml, TableName:="QRY_VAC_RECORDS", Filename:=strQryVacRecords, HasFieldNames:=True
    
    DoCmd.SetWarnings True
    
ErrorHandlerExit:
    Exit Function
    
ErrorHandler:
    MsgBox "Error No: " & Err.Number _
        & ";Description: " & Err.Description
    Resume ErrorHandlerExit

End Function

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Question by:spaced45
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by:nutsch
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Is it perchance appending the data instead of replacing it?
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by:spaced45
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I dont think so because I went back into the file before and after an export knowing that records were added and the row count was the same.
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by:regmigrant
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since excel 2007 deprecated the sync between excel and sharepoint it might have changed the handling of those file types

 DoCmd.TransferSpreadsheet expects to create a new workbook (I think) so one alternative might be to check for an existing one and delete before transfer

If the problem goes away when you specifiy a non-sharepoint location then it could be you need to explicitly publish/checkin the updates in SharePoint, in Excel that would be:
Workbooks(ActiveWorkbook.Name).CheckIn
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by:broro183
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I've read that DoCmd.TransferSpreadsheet requires the path length to be less than 64 characters (see the first link). The example string that you have provided is only 60 characters so, if your real file uses the same string, this shouldn't be the cause of your problem. Is the example string the same as the one in your real file?

I think Regmigrant may be onto something with his suggestion of checking if the file needs to be "checked in".

Rob
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aikimark earned 250 total points
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I've seen problems where the transferspreadsheet method is stuck in the past when using the more recent versions (2007 and after).  The method doesn't realize that the old 64k row limit has been increased with the new versions.

I usually advise developers and users to replace the transferspreadsheet method with an instantiation of an Excel object and use the CopyFromRecordset range method.
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