Sending an Email by Double Clicking on an email address

Question

I have a field in a database on a form that holds the email address. I want to either double click or click a command button beside it to take me to an email window in outlook, something like the mailto: command in html can you suggest any ways I can do this.

 

Answer

Many thanks for the question.

I have recently done this for one of my databases.  I chose to add the code to the 'On Double Click' event.

To do this:

Right click on your email field, and select 'Properties' from the drop down list.  In the events Window, click on the 'Event' tab, and then place your cursor next to the 'On Double Click' then click on the '...' button.  Select Code Builder, this will open the coding window with two lines of code. In between these two lines of code, add the following code:

 

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On Error GoTo ErrorHandler

 

    Dim objOutlook As Object 'Outlook.Application

    Dim objMailItem As Object 'Outlook.MailItem

    Dim EmailAddress As String

 

 

    Set objOutlook = CreateObject("Outlook.Application")

    Set objMailItem = objOutlook.CreateItem(0)

 

        DoCmd.RunCommand acCmdSaveRecord

        EmailAddress = Me!Email

        With objMailItem

 

            .To = EmailAddress

         .Subject = "Enter Your Subject Here"

          .body = "Enter the body of your email here if you wish Otherwise delete"

  .display

End With

 

Exit Sub

ErrorHandler:

MsgBox "Error Number: " & err.Number & " " & err.Description

 

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Hope this helps.

Note:  I have used late binding, so that I do not have to reference Microsoft Outlook, otherwise you can run into strife if you try to load your database onto a computer that does not have the same version of Microsoft Outlook as the one you have referenced.

Also this code will only work if the email address is stored as text rather than the hyperlink option, as the hyperlink option adds some (invisible) text to the email address.

 

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