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How do I generate emails from Access 2013

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Hi Experts,
I need help generating emails from my Access 2013 application.
I have a table with employee names and employee email addresses (tblEmployees).
I have a List box control that will list the email addresses.  I want to be able to select one or more email addresses from the list box, and then click a button to send a pre written email message.  How can I do this ?

Thank you very much in advance,
mrotor
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by:Rey Obrero (Capricorn1)
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here is the code to get selected emails from a multi select listbox

Dim j,strEmails
 With Me.listEmail
     If .ItemsSelected.Count > 0 Then
         For Each j In .ItemsSelected
           strEmails =strEmails & ";" & .ItemData(j)  'collect all selected items as strEmails
         Next
     End If
 End With
 strEmails= mid(strEmails, 2)
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When you say "pre-written", do you mean the user has already written an email in their email client? Or that you want to have the user write the email in Access, and then select the recipients in your listbox and send that email?

Rey has shown you how to collect the selected items from the listbox, but to send the email you can either use SendObject, or use automation.

SendObject is used like this:

DoCmd.SendObject acSendNoObject, "", "", strEmails, "", "", "Email Subject", "Email Body"

 http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office/ff197046%28v=office.15%29.aspx

There are some limitations to SendObject - for example, you can't send HTML emails, messages are limited to 255 characters, you can't attach files from disc, and the security mechanism in Outlook can cause troubles. If you need that additional functionality, you can automate Outlook. This article shows how to do that:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Office_Productivity/Office_Suites/MS_Office/A_4316-Automate-Outlook-in-VBA-with-the-OutlookCreateItem-Class.html
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by:mainrotor
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Thank you both for your help.  How about if the users use Yahoo, or G-mail for sending emails, could this be done?  

Is outlook the only way this could be done?

Thank you,
mrotor
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Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE ) earned 500 total points
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You could, but not with Outlook Automation. Instead, you'd use CDO to do this. There are several questions here on EE that show how to do that, for example:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Database/MS_Access/Q_21601489.html

You'd have to change the SMTP Server and Port to match those expected by the email server, of course.

There's also VBSendMail. As with CDO, there are many questions that address using vbSendMail, like this one:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Database/MS_Access/Q_28093260.html
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by:mainrotor
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Thanks Scott,
I will checkout those links.

mrotor
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