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When you are using WordMail and you try to automate Word from another program, you may encounter problems processing some Word commands. For example, you may receive Automation errors such as "This method or property is not available" or other errors.
This article describes how to check whether WordMail is running when you are using Automation to automate Word from another program.
This problem occurs when all of the following conditions are true:
For example, the following Visual Basic for Applications code sample may cause 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 Word main document window:
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To determine if the focus is in a WordMail message, use the Selection.Information property together with the FocusInMailHeader property to determine whether a WordMail instance or a Word instance has the focus.
FocusInMailHeader PropertyThe FocusInMailHeader property returns True if the insertion point is in a WordMail header field (the To field, for example).
Selection.Information PropertyUse the Selection.Information property to return information about the specified 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 the WordMail 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.
ExampleThe following sample code demonstrates how to use these properties to determine whether WordMail or Word has the current focus:
For more information about the Information property, in the Visual Basic Editor, click the Office Assistant, type "Information property", click Search, and then click to view "Information Property."
For more information about the FocusInMailHeader property, in the Visual Basic Editor, click the Office Assistant, type "FocusInMailHeader property", click Search, and then click to view "FocusInMailHeader Property."
For more information about the GetObject function, in the Visual Basic 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 the Standard toolbar. If the Assistant is not able to answer your query, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/176476/EN-US/ )OFF: Office Assistant Not Answering Visual Basic Questions
For additional information, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/173707/EN-US/ )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:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/163435/EN-US/ )VBA: Programming Resources for Visual Basic for Applications
Article ID: 185232 - Last Review: October 8, 2013 - Revision: 2.3