Linking image to Access report

Posted on 2014-09-11
Last Modified: 2014-09-12
I have a report with an order number e.g. '12345'. I have an image called '12345.jpeg' saved in C:\temp

Does anyone know how to embed the image in the report dynamically so when I generate it the correct image is displayed and the link works automatically?
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by:Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE)
Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE) earned 200 total points
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1. Place an image control on the report.
2. Set its picture type property to linked.
3. In the sections OnFormat event, set the Picture property of the control to the path to the image.

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Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE ) earned 300 total points
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I believe 2007 allows you to "bind" a Picture control to a filepath, so try this:

Create a query that includes a calculated field:

ImagePath: "C:\Temp" & Order_Number & ".jpeg"

Now build your report, add a Picture control, and set the ControlSource of that control to the ImagePath field in your query.
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Author Comment

ID: 40317095
Hi Jim,
Tried the on format, I get "error 2114 Access does not support or file is too large...." (format is jpeg)

Hi Scott,
I added the path to the query and referenced it on the control source of the image, I got no error or image.
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Are you 100% sure the path and file extension are correct? The Picture control will simply not show the item if it can't find it, with no error. Be sure your images are actually JPEG images, and not JPG or some other format.

Also: I forgot to include the trailing backslash. The calculated field should read:

ImagePath: "C:\Temp\" & Order_Number & ".jpeg"

Author Comment

ID: 40317320
Hi Scott,
This is the actual formula: -
SigLoc: "C:\Temp2\" & [dbo_MdnMaster].[DispatchNote] & ".jpeg"

If I put the result in a web browser it brings up the image (attached)000000000551482.jpeg

Author Comment

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See this MSFT article:

That points to a hotfix here:

Looks like in some cases an update would restrict you from using certain image formats unless you've applied the hotfix.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 40319200

Scott, I downloaded a program called TotalImageConverter, converted the files then your first suggestion works I just link to the png file.

strPath = "C:\Program Files (x86)\TotalImageConverter\ImageConverter.exe" & " C:\Temp2\" & Dnote & ".jpeg" & " C:\Temp2\" & Dnote & ".png" & " -fo"
Retval = Shell(strPath)

The '-fo' parameter overwrites without prompt. Cost of full program TotalImageConverter about £12

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