Displaying a PDF file via VBA within Microsoft Access 2010 in 2003 mode without irritating Microsoft confirmation

I'm trying to display a PDF file with VBA but I get this irritating dialog wanting confirmation. I'm using Access 2010 in 2003 mode. I wanted to allow users to do this without creating a form with an embedded browser control

Since I can't get rid of the confirmation, I'm trying to use a form to contain the PDF file. I found an ActiveX browser control that I should be able to use in a form but the version of browser control doesn't seem to work as I can't find how to define the file link.

Thanks so much!!
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Anders Ebro (Microsoft MVP)Microsoft DeveloperCommented:
I *think* you could use a webbrowser control to display it, however I also think that the webbrowser control was only added in 2010. Its been quite a while since I used 2003, and I don't have a copy installed anymore.

An alternative is to get rid of the warning message, which you should be able to do with the link here;
Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:
dialog wanting confirmation.
...and the message says...?

This fairly common code works fine for me in all versions of Access that I have tried it in...
(Obviously you will have to use your specific file location for your adobe PDF program executable)
Private Sub Command0_Click()
Dim varCmd As Variant
varCmd = Shell("C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Reader 11.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe" & " " & "C:\YourFolder\YourPDF.PDF", vbNormalFocus)
End Sub

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Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:
FWIW, ...this is fairly standard code to display a PDF in a form, using a web browser control...

Me.WebBrowser1.Navigate "C:\YourFolder\Yourpdf.pdf"
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Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:
Me.WebBrowser1.Navigate "C:\YourFolder\Yourpdf.pdf"

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pabrannPresidentAuthor Commented:
When I execute the following, the pdf displays properly after the irritating confirmation.

FollowHyperlink path2 & ".pdf", , True

I tried your code:
varCmd = Shell("C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Reader 11.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe" & " " & path2 & ".PDF", vbNormalFocus)

and I get an error saying the file cannot be foundDisplay-PDF-via-VBA.png
Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:
You did not post the code you used, ...but since the code opened Adobe, ...then the fist part of the snippet is working...
You will only get that error when you don't properly specify the actual full path to your PDF file...

...Perhaps "Path2" already contains the extension?..., or it has an incorrect drive, ...etc)
Always *Keep things Simple* to test...
Forget variables for now, ...to test:
Drop a simple PDF on your root directory, then...please type out the full path, filename and extension...
(as I did in my example...)
For example...:
'varCmd = Shell("C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Reader 11.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe" & " " & "C:\Test.PDF", vbNormalFocus)

Only when this is working can you add a more complex path...
Then add any variables...

Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:
Since you never mentioned the actual error message, ...I will presume that it is the:
    "Security Concern, ....Location my be unsafe"

Follow Hyperlink was only ever created for hyperlinks specifically, ...not really for file locations.
Depending on your environment, it might work for files, ...or it might not.

There is code to disable the messsage:
...but this may open you up to security issues.

pabrannPresidentAuthor Commented:
Your solution worked perfectly. Thank you very much!
Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:

Glad I could help
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