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I have a very complicated form that I have to reproduce in my access app.  I want to import or embed a word document and use it as the background and over print the details (name, address, etc.) and let the user print the end result.

Possible or pipe dream?

Thanks in advance.
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by:Rgonzo1971
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I've no idea, that's why I'm asking.

For example, how would I get an image of a word document that is exactly the same size as the original document.
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by:Rgonzo1971
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One way

is to print it to OneNote

and then save the image (right-click)
Regards
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Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE ) earned 1000 total points
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The NorthWinds Traders sample database (included with Access) does this with the Customer form. Might be worth reviewing that to see what can be done.

Basically, you create the image in some manner, and then use that as your Form's Background image. You can then drop Textboxes, Combos, etc over the areas on the image that match the location in the Image and hope for the best. I say that because if you deploy this to users with different resolutions, you might find your perfectly designed form to be ... a bit less than perfect. Access will stretch/shrink the image, and your controls may end up in the wrong places.

IMO it's rarely a good idea to do this. You'd be much better off capturing data in Access and using Merge or Word Automation to fill a Word Template ...
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Scott is right.  There are many ways to merge Access data to Word documents.  See my old (but still functional in current Office versions) Four Ways to Merge to Word sample database:

http://www.helenfeddema.com/Files/code24.zip

Or my more recent ebook, Working with Word.

Another reason to ditch the Word document image is that you might have to add fields, move controls around, etc.
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Thank you both, very much.  Good advice, I think.
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