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How to Automatically Use ODBC Rather Than DDE


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Word for Windows, versions 6.0, 6.0a, 6.0c


When you open a database file or attach a data file for a print merge in Word, Word will use DDE by default to gather the information. To automatically use ODBC, follow the directions below.


WARNING: ANY USE BY YOU OF THE CODE PROVIDED IN THIS ARTICLE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. Microsoft provides this macro code "as is" without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and/or fitness for a particular purpose.

Select the Confirm Conversions option when you specify which database to use.

  1. From the Tools menu, choose Mail Merge.
  2. Select Get Data, Open Data Source.
  3. Select Confirm Conversions.

Macros for Method #1

REM Choosing a data file for a Print Merge
FileConfirmConversions - 1
Dim dlg As MailMergeHelper
GetCurValues dlg
On Error Goto bye
Dialog dlg
MailmergeHelper dlg
End Sub

REM Opening a Database file using FileOpen.
FileConfirmConversions - 1
Dim dlg As FileOpen
GetCurValues dlg
On Error Goto bye
Dialog dlg
FileOpen dlg
End Sub 


If the database is listed in the [Extensions] section of the WIN.INI file, commenting out or removing the line will force Word to use ODBC to access the database.

Microsoft Access Example


NOTE: To comment a line out of the WIN.INI file, insert an apostrophe at the beginning of the line.

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Last Reviewed: November 4, 2000
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