We help IT Professionals succeed at work.
Get Started

refresh Query & form before Export

Tom Crowfoot
Tom Crowfoot asked
Last Modified: 2015-10-05
Dear Experts

I'm building a simple tool to add a cover sheet to an existing PDF. The cover sheet is created by the user entering details in 3 fields in a form ([CandidateName], [Client], [Role]). This form shares the same underlying query "Ready4Report" as the Report "CoverSheet".  The cover sheet is then exported to PDF and the merge then happens.

This works all fine but the underlying query & the report doesn't update itself prior to export.  The code I'm using is below, can anyone help?


'create CoverPage
DoCmd.OutputTo acOutputReport, "CoverSheet", "PDFFormat(*.pdf)", "C:\Users\Digby Edwards\Desktop\CV Cruncher\System Files\CoverPage.pdf", False, "", , acExportQualityPrint

'Start of merge process
Dim FormattedCV As String
FormattedCV = "C:\Users\Digby Edwards\Desktop\CV Cruncher\CSCR " & Me.CandidateName & ".pdf"
Dim CommandLine As String
Dim CoverPage As String
Dim CandidateCV As String
Dim OutputDoc As String
Dim OutputDoc4Move As String

'Collates Docs for CommandLine
CoverPage = """C:\Users\Digby Edwards\Desktop\CV Cruncher\System Files\CoverPage.pdf"""
CandidateCV = """C:\Users\Digby Edwards\Desktop\CV Cruncher\System Files\OwnCV.pdf"""
OutputDoc = """C:\Users\Digby Edwards\Desktop\CV Cruncher\System Files\OutputCV.pdf"""

'Does the joiney bit
CommandLine = """C:\Program Files\PDFtk Server\bin\pdftk.exe"" " & CoverPage & " " & CandidateCV & " cat output " & OutputDoc

'MsgBox CommandLine
Call Shell(CommandLine, vbNormalFocus)

'Moves end Result to desired Folder
OutputDoc4Move = "C:\Users\Digby Edwards\Desktop\CV Cruncher\System Files\OutputCV.pdf"
FileCopy OutputDoc4Move, FormattedCV

Open in new window

Watch Question
Distinguished Expert 2017
This problem has been solved!
Unlock 2 Answers and 4 Comments.
See Answers
Why Experts Exchange?

Experts Exchange always has the answer, or at the least points me in the correct direction! It is like having another employee that is extremely experienced.

Jim Murphy
Programmer at Smart IT Solutions

When asked, what has been your best career decision?

Deciding to stick with EE.

Mohamed Asif
Technical Department Head

Being involved with EE helped me to grow personally and professionally.

Carl Webster
CTP, Sr Infrastructure Consultant
Ask ANY Question

Connect with Certified Experts to gain insight and support on specific technology challenges including:

  • Troubleshooting
  • Research
  • Professional Opinions
Did You Know?

We've partnered with two important charities to provide clean water and computer science education to those who need it most. READ MORE