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The SendObject action can attach a MS Access form, table, report or query in an Microsoft Access SendObject Syntax. ject [type][, name][. I’ve recreated as best I can what from you’ve described above and it all ran ok for me. You can have a look at what I’ve got here for clues; use. ject in MS Access database Docmd SendObject sample code and download for sending email using the sendobject method.

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With internet access possible almost everywhere nowadays, the requirements for database applications quite frequently include the requirement to provide interfaces to internet ddocmd.sendobject. While requirements for direct connections to webservers via HTTP or FTP are increasing, but not yet ubiquitous, a simple interface to send emails from within an application can be considered fairly standard now.

There are lots of different approaches to send email messages from an application. On this web page I want to try to provide an overview over different options for a developer to integrate the functionality to send email messages from Microsoft Access applications.

This will include the advantages and dis advantages of the different approaches. A very simple but still effective option to send an email from a Microsoft Access application is the DoCmd. This accesss will generate an email using the default email client with a single line of VBA code right from Access. You can add most Access-Objects from your Access database as an attachment to the email.

Sending Email from Access using Docmd.sendobject

Access will not use its own internal format when attaching the object to the email, but they will be exported to more widely used file formats. The visual layout of the Access objects is almost completely lost in the process.

This is suitable to send appealing reports with your email. Sending data If you want to send data Tables or Queries as plain text, they will be exported in a textual representation that tries to mimic the visual appearance of the tabular data.

This format is unusable as data exchange format. Only attaching a table or query in Microsoft Excel file format is suitable to send data for further computerized processing with the SendObject-Method. If you are not proficient in VBA and prefer to use macros rather than code, you can use this approach to send email from Access as well.

The SendObject -Action is available as a macro command as well and has all the same options. This macro action has been renamed to EmailDatabaseObject in Access Requirements and dis- advantages This approach requires a MAPI Messaging Application Programming Interface compatible email client installed on the computer the email should be send on.


In Access there was a bug that restricted the use of the SendObject method severely. The method will fail if it is called repeatedly or if you try to pass a string longer than 70 characters for the email body to the method. There is the article Q in the Microsoft Knowledgebasewhich describes the problem in detail. Another quite common way to integrate email-functionality in an Access-Application is to use automation of Microsoft Outlook via the MS Outlook object library.

The following code snippet illustrates how simple this can be done for the purpose of sending an single plain text email with an added attachment.

This way of email integration is very easy to use and offers the developer almost full control over every common property of the mail that is to be created without having to bother about mail-configuration settings on of the target environment of his application. Obviously this approach has a tremendous limitation.

It requires Microsoft Outlook to be installed on every workstation where the email functionality is intended to be used. No, Microsoft Outlook Express will not work!

Furthermore, with quite similar code as the sample above, many malicious internet-worms and viruses have spread through the web and wreaked havoc upon many naive and uncautious users’ data.

To prevent this happening again, Microsoft has reduced the automation features of MS Outlook with updates and security fixes to a point near uselessness.

With these “fixes” installed the users has to confirm any access to his Outlook address book and any attempt to send email by an automation process. Once confirmed that process may access accfss auotmation features for a short period of time. If you send an email with VBA and Outlook usually the account configured as standard in Outlook will be used.

Sometimes though you need to send an email with a specific sender account. You can set this property to a specific Outlook Account to define the sender account. The easiest way to identify an account in Outlook is by its sender email address. It is important to understand that this approach does not simply set the sender address of the email. It only uses the email to set the account.

So all the other docmdsendobject configured in that account, like mail server and local storage folder, will be used too for sending the email. And of course it requires that an account for this email address has been configured in Outlook previously. Now you can combine dpcmd.sendobject function with the code to actually send the email. A sample to send an email with a specific account is this procedure.


This procedure is a shortened excerpt from my example Sending an email with Outlook automationwhich you can find on this page too.

If you have got some experience with VBA programming, you should notice that in this example the line to set the account is not. In this line there is an object reference being set, which requires the keyword Set. I do not understand myself, why you must not use the set keyword here it would cause a runtime error.

Another very simple, but limited, solution to create emails in an Access Application is to invoke a mailto link with the FollowHyperlink method. Although the options are fairly limited, it works even with no MAPI compatible mail client installed. Adding Follow-Up information for the recipient of an email and creating a task for the sender can improve the workflow connected to automated emails significantly. This article demonstrates how to set email flags and reminders with VBA-Code.

A detailed start to finish tutorial on how to send a serial email from your database. Beginning with storing email addresses in a table. Then querying them in VBA, concatenating custom, individual email texts and finally creating the emails and sending them off through your Outlook account.

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See our privacy policy for further details. SendObject acSendNoObject, “someone somewhere. Account Docmd.sendobjecr acc As Outlook. Account Dim retVal As Outlook. Account For Each acc In outlApp. Although we are setting an object reference, we do not use the Set keyword ‘ I do not knwo why though. How to send an email with the DoCmd. SendObject method or the EmailDatabaseObject macro action. Create an email with Outlook-Automation. Send an email with Rocmd.sendobject and Outlook using a specific sender account.

Create email with a mailto hyperlink.