ACC: Using Automation to Create and Manipulate an Excel Workbook

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Moderate: Requires basic macro, coding, and interoperability skills.
This article show you how to use Automation to create and manipulatea Microsoft Excel Worksheet.

This article assumes that you are familiar with Visual Basic forApplications and with creating Microsoft Access applications using theprogramming tools provided with Microsoft Access. For more informationabout Visual Basic for Applications, please refer to your version of the"Building Applications with Microsoft Access" manual.

Create a New Microsoft Excel Worksheet

  1. Create a new folder on drive C named Examples.
  2. Open the sample database Northwind.mdb.
  3. Create a new module and type the following function in the Module windows:
         Function ExcelTest()         Dim xlobject As Object, xlsheet As Object         Set xlobject = CreateObject("excel.sheet.5")         Set xlsheet = xlobject.Application.activeworkbook.sheets("sheet1")         With xlsheet            .range("a1").Value = CDbl(InputBox("Enter 1st Number", _               "Excel Example"))               .range("b1").Value = CDbl(InputBox("Enter 2nd Number", _               "Excel Example"))               .range("c1").Value = xlsheet.range("a1").Value * _               xlsheet.range("b1").Value         End With         xlsheet.Parent.SaveAs "c:\examples\xltest.xls"         xlobject.Application.Quit         Set xlobject = Nothing      End Function
  4. Save the module as basExcel.
  5. Press CTRL+G to open the Debug window, and then type the following word:
  6. When prompted to "Enter 1st number" enter 1. When prompted to "Enter 2nd number" enter 2.
  7. Start Microsoft Excel and open the workbook c:\examples\xltest.xls to view the results.

Create a New Microsoft Excel Worksheet by Using a Bound Control on a Form

  1. Create a new table with the following properties:
          Table: tblTestExcel      ----------------------      Field Name: MyOleField      Data Type : OLE Object
  2. Create a new form based on the tblTestExcel table by using the AutoForm: Columnar Wizard.
  3. Add two text boxes to the form named Text1 and Text2.
  4. Add a command button to the form with the following properties:
    Name: cmdMyButton
    Caption: My Button
    OnClick: [Event Procedure]
  5. Set the command button's OnClick property to the following event procedure:
    Dim xlobject As Object, xlsheet As Object        With myOleField           .Class = "excel.sheet.5"           .OLETypeAllowed = acOLEEmbedded           .Action = acOLECreateEmbed           .Verb = acOLEVerbInPlaceUIActivate           .Action = acOLEActivate        End With        Set xlobject = Me!myOleField.Object.Application        Set xlsheet = xlobject.Application.activeworkbook.sheets("sheet1")        With xlsheet           .range("a1").Value = CDbl(Me!Text1)           .range("b1").Value = CDbl(Me!Text2)           .range("c1").Value = xlsheet.range("a1").Value * _           xlsheet.range("b1").Value        End With        xlobject.Parent.Quit        Text1.SetFocus						
  6. Switch the form to Form view and enter numeric values into the Text1 and Text2 fields.
  7. Click the cmdMyButton command button. Note that the Microsoft Excel data is inserted into the Object on the form.
For more information about Automation, type "Automation" in the OfficeAssistant, click Search, and then click to view "Automation with MicrosoftAccess."

For more information about Automation, search for "Ole Automation," andthen "Ole Automation" using the Microsoft Access for Windows 95 HelpIndex.

Article ID: 142476 - Last Review: 01/06/2015 01:25:14 - Revision: 3.3

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