Get people started with the process of using Access VBA to control Excel using automation, Microsoft Access can control other applications. An example is the ability to programmatically talk to Excel. Using automation, an Access application can launch Excel, create workbooks, and then programmatically manipulate those workbooks.
1. Create a reference to the Excel application object.
2. Write code that launches Excel, makes it visible, creates a workbook, and sets the value of cell A1 to "Hello World".
3. Run the code and watch it execute.
4. Explain that other commands can be used to programmatically control Excel.
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