WD2000: Can't Open Selected Doc Using Dialogs FileFind Constant

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SYMPTOMS

The Open button does not open the selected file after you run a Visual Basic for Applications macro using the wdDialogFileFind constant with the Dialogs collection object.

CAUSE

All functionality using the wdDialogFileFind constant does not work as expected.

WORKAROUND

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To work around this problem, you can use the wdDialogFileOpen constant instead of the wdDialogFileFind constant. The following sample macro attempts to open a file using the path and file name you specify. The FileOpen dialog box will not be displayed.

NOTE: Functionality is extremely limited searching for a file using wdDialogFileOpen versus FileSearch method.

Sub FindFileWorkAround()
  ' Change the following values to match your criteria.
   scrPath = "C:\My Documents\"
   scrFileName = "MyDoc.Doc"

   ' Set the FileOpen dialog to display the criteria.
   Set dlg = Dialogs(wdDialogFileOpen)
   dlg.Name = scrFilePath & scrFileName

   ' If the file is not found, trap the error.
   On Error Resume Next

   ' Execute the dialog without displaying.If the file exists
   ' the dlg.Execute command will open the file.
   dlg.Execute
     
   ' If the file does not exist, display default error.
   If Err = 5174 Then
      MsgBox Err.Description
   End If
End Sub
				

NOTE: To display the Open dialog box, replace dlg.Execute with dlg.Show; the value of scrPath is displayed in the Look in box.

For more information about built-in dialog boxes, in the Visual Basic Editor, click Microsoft Visual Basic Help on the Help menu, type dialog in the Office Assistant or the Answer Wizard, and then click Search to view the topic.


For more information about FileSearch, in the Visual Basic Editor, click Microsoft Visual Basic Help on the Help menu, type filesearch in the Office Assistant or the Answer Wizard, and then click Search to view the topic.


For information about how to do this in earlier versions of Word, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
135590 Can't Open Selected Document Using FileFind Macro

MORE INFORMATION

The following macro demonstrates this behavior:
Sub FileFindExample()
   Dialogs(wdDialogFileFind).Show
End Sub
				


When run, this macro displays the Open dialog box (File menu). When you select a file and then click Open, the Open dialog box closes, and the selected file is not opened.

The FileFind dialog box was eliminated in Word version 6.0. The WordBasic FileFind command equivalent in Visual Basic is FileSearch. Therefore, the dialog constant wdDialogFileFind is present for backward compatibility purposes only.

REFERENCES

For more information about getting help with Visual Basic for Applications, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
226118 OFF2000: Programming Resources for Visual Basic for Applications

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Article ID: 212678 - Last Review: February 23, 2014 - Revision: 2.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Word 2000 Standard Edition
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