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WD97: Error Message Using WordMail: "This method or property is not available"

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When you are using WordMail and you try to automate Word from anotherprogram, you may encounter problems processing some Word commands. Forexample, you may receive Automation errors such as "This method or propertyis not available" or other errors.

This article describes how to check whether WordMail is running when you are usingAutomation to automate Word from another program.
This problem occurs when all of the following conditions are true:
  • You use the GetObject function to automate Word from another program.

  • You are running WordMail as your e-mail editor.

  • There is a current e-mail message open for editing.
The GetObject function allows you to retrieve the current or runninginstance of Word. However, because WordMail uses a hidden or non-visibleinstance of Word, GetObject may return the WordMail instance. There is noway to control which instance of Word is returned.

For example, the following Visual Basic for Applications code sample maycause the error
Run-time error '4605': "The Open method or property is not available"
if the current selection is within a WordMail message instead of the Wordmain document window:
   Dim wdObj As Word.Application   Set wdObj = GetObject(, "word.application")   wdObj.Documents.Open "c:\my documents\doc1.doc"				
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To determine if the focus is in a WordMail message, use theSelection.Information property together with the FocusInMailHeader propertyto determine whether a WordMail instance or a Word instance has the focus.

FocusInMailHeader Property

The FocusInMailHeader property returns True if the insertion point is in aWordMail header field (the To field, for example).

Selection.Information Property

Use the Selection.Information property to return information about thespecified or current selection.

The syntax of the Selection.Information property is
where Type is a constant specifying the information to return.

Use wdInWordMail as the Type constant to return a value that indicates theWordMail location of the selection, as shown in the following table:
   Value       WordMail Location   -----------------------------   0(zero)     The selection or range is not in a WordMail message.   1           The selection or range is in a WordMail send note.   2           The selection or range is in a WordMail read note.				


The following sample code demonstrates how to use these properties todetermine whether WordMail or Word has the current focus:
Sub CheckForWordMail()   Dim wdObj As Word.Application   Dim boolWordMail As Boolean   ' Initialize values.   boolWordMail = False   ' If Word is running or a WordMail e-mail   ' message is open, use GetObject. If Word   ' or WordMail is not running, an error will occur.   On Error Resume Next   Set wdObj = GetObject(, "word.application")   If Err.Number = 0 Then      ' If no error has occurred, call isWordMail Function      ' to see if Word instance is Word or WordMail.      boolWordMail = isWordMail(wdObj)   Else      ' If an error has occurred, create      ' new instance of Word.      Set wdObj = CreateObject("word.application")      wdObj.Documents.Add   End If   If boolWordMail Then      ' <Code to use for WordMail Instance>,      ' for example:      MsgBox "Focus in WordMail."   Else      ' <Code to use for Word Instance>,      ' for example:      MsgBox "Focus in Word."   End If   ' Free the object variable in memory.   Set wdObj = NothingEnd SubFunction isWordMail(oWord As Word.Application) As Boolean   ' Is focus in a WordMail Header (To, CC or Subject line)?   If oWord.Application.FocusInMailHeader Then      isWordMail = True      Exit Function   End If   ' If not in WordMail Header, is focus in   ' the body of a WordMail message?   If oWord.Selection.Information(wdInWordMail) Then       isWordMail = True   End IfEnd Function				
For more information about the Information property, in the Visual BasicEditor, click the Office Assistant, type "Information property", clickSearch, and then click to view "Information Property."

For more information about the FocusInMailHeader property, in the VisualBasic Editor, click the Office Assistant, type "FocusInMailHeaderproperty", click Search, and then click to view "FocusInMailHeaderProperty."

For more information about the GetObject function, in the VisualBasic Editor, click the Office Assistant, type "GetObject", click Search,and then click to view "GetObject function."

NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on theStandard toolbar. If the Assistant is not able to answer your query, pleasesee the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
176476 OFF: Office Assistant Not Answering Visual Basic Questions
For additional information, please see the following article in theMicrosoft Knowledge Base:
173707 OFF97: How to Run Sample Code from Knowledge Base Articles

For more information about getting help with Visual Basic for Applications,please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
163435 VBA: Programming Resources for Visual Basic for Applications
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