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Can I get the code used in the command line method?

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I had this question after watching MS Access – Different Ways to Start Up a Database.
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Question by:Wayne Markel
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The Command Line is run like this:

"full path to msaccess.exe" /x YourMacroName

If you want to use the /cmd switch:

Dim sCmd as String
sCmd = Command

The variable "sCmd" will contain whatever you pass in as the /cmd "argument", so if I did this:

"full path to msaccess.exe" /cmd Arg1|Arg2|Arg3

My "sCmd" variable would contain the value "Arg1|Arg2|Arg3". If I wanted to parse those out, I could do it like this:

Msgbox "First Argument: " & Split(sCmd, "|")(0)
Msgbox "Second Argument: " & Split(sCmd, "|")(1)
Msgbox "Third Argument: " & Split(sCmd, "|")(2)

I could then take actions for each, depending on what you want to do. For example, if I always want to run a Report named "rptDownloads" when I pass in the argument of "DL" in the first postion, I'd issue a command like this:

"full path to msaccess.exe" /cmd "DL|0"

Now my startup form in Access would parse that, and take action:

Dim sCmd As String
sCmd = Command
If Split(sCmd, "|")(0) = "DL" Then
  DoCmd.OpenReport "rptDownload"
End If

See this MSDN Article for more information on all command-line switches:
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/access-help/command-line-switches-for-access-HA010166605.aspx
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