port: View- and DataMode, FilterName, WhereCondition, OpenArgs. acViewReport shows you the data, acViewPreview the print preview. Learn how to open a report in design view, normal view or print view in VB. Read about DoCmd OpenReport syntax, option and example tutorial here! Contact. The odd thing is, that apparently there’s no way to simply view the report without immediately printing it:). I tried the code port.
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There is one aspect of using this very convenient method that I frequently see people struggle with. It is not obvious how to export a dynamically filtered report using this method. Other than the DoCmd. OpenReport -Method, the DoCmd. OutputTo -Method does not support to pint any criteria to the report the filter the data. So, it seems to be a problem to export a report that displays different data sets depending on user input or other factors.
All of these do work. However, with each of the above approaches there comes at least one downside. Matching the above order:. If the report you are exporting is closed when you invoke DoCmd. OutputTothe OutputTo -Method will open the report and export it. However, if the report you want to export is open already in preview acViewPreview when you invoke OutputTothe DoCmd.
OutputTo -Method will just export the report as it is! Considering this, it is very simple to solve the problem with exporting dynamically filtered reports. You open the report using DoCmd.
To prevent the report appearing on the screen in preview, you use the WindowMode acHiddento open the report invisible to the user. You then simply invoke DoCmd.
There is only one thing that you must not forget to take care of. After opening the report in preview view, it will stay open, albeit invisible, until you explicitly close it.
OpenReportthe report will become visible but it will not re-query the data and will it still use the original criteria for filtering the data. In this case the report might display the wrong data set. Always close the hidden report after the PDF file was saved.
DoCmd.OpenReport method (Access)
Taking all this into account, our procedure to export a filtered report to PDF could look like this:. In a real-world implementation, based on this sample, you can pass in all 3 variables as arguments into the function and thus create a simple and flexible ExportToPDF routine for your Access application. So, here we are. An elegant, yet very easy to implement, solution and it requires only 2 additional lines of code.
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Build the SQL for the report at runtime and assign it to the report.
Matching the above order: It requires to create multiple very similar objects reports. It requires additional functions or a form and is rather inflexible.
Using port with arguments
While all these approaches work, I would rather not recommend to use any of them. Luckily there is a very simple solution to the problem that is just not so focmd.openreport. Taking all this into account, our procedure to export a filtered report to PDF could look like this: Close acReportreportNameacSaveNo End Sub In a real-world implementation, based on this sample, you can pass in all 3 variables as arguments into the function and thus create a simple and flexible ExportToPDF routine for your Access application.