Launch Adobe pdf file from form


New Member
Mar 6, 2006
I want to open a pdf file using a command button on a form. I have no problem launching a Word document using a module and code, see below, but how do I change this to launch pdfs:

Sub OpenWordDoc(strDocName As String)

End Sub
Dim objApp As Object

'Opens the document

Set objApp = CreateObject("Word.Application")
objApp.Visible = True
objApp.Documents.Open strDocName
End Sub

Then code on command button:

Private Sub cmdOpenWordDoc_Click()

If IsNull(Me.Filepath) Or Me.Filepath = "" Then
MsgBox "Please Ensure There Is A File Path Associated " & _
"For This Document", _
vbInformation, "Action Cancelled"
Exit Sub
If (Dir(Me.Filepath) = "") Then
MsgBox "Document Does Not Exist In The Specified Location", _
vbExclamation, "Action Cancelled"
Exit Sub

'Opens document in Word
Call OpenWordDoc(Me.Filepath)
End If
End If
End Sub

Thanks in advance

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You don't need to use early binding to open these types of documents. By using a shell command, VBA will open the programme assigned to the document type. The following code will open any document that is entered into the textbox called 'FilePath':

Option Compare Database
Option Explicit

Private Declare Function ShellExecute Lib _
    "shell32.dll" Alias "ShellExecuteA" _
        (ByVal hwnd As Long, _
        ByVal lpOperation As String, _
        ByVal lpFile As String, _
        ByVal lpParameters As String, _
        ByVal lpDirectory As String, _
        ByVal nShowCmd As Long) As Long


Private Sub cmdOpenDoc_Click()

Dim myDoc As String
myDoc = Trim(Me.Filepath.Value)

If Len(myDoc) > 0 Then
    If Dir(myDoc) = "" Then
        MsgBox "That document does not exist", vbCritical, "Error"
        Call ShellExecute(Me.hwnd, "open", myDoc, "", 0, SW_SHOWMAXIMIZED) 
    End If
End If

End Sub

HTH, Andrew
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I don't suppose that would work with a mail merge document based on the database. Would the word file try and open the database again?

I haven't tried, but it would be a good shortcut if it worked.
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Hi Marbles

I can honestly say I have never used a mail merge between Word and Access because I'm happy enough with the report layouts per Access. Do you want to give it a test and post back with the results?


P.S. Is that another movie avatar?
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Yes to both questions.

This film has one of the funniest football games ever. In an otherwise bleak film.
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Is that from Kes?

If it is I wonder whatever happened to the young guy that played the main character - perhaps time for another perusal of the IMDb.

I do recall some of the other characters/directors went on to become 'famous'.
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Yes, Kes. He blamed Kes for blighting his career. It was such a well renowned film, and his part so burnt into the memory, no one could think what do next.
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The adults were played by "Real Actors", but most of the children were amateurs. Ken Loach liked, what he thought was working class realism. Being working class myself, I realised that he only caught what he could see. His films took a long time to show any tenderness.
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