Microsoft KB Archive/179318
Article ID: 179318
Article Last Modified on 1/22/2007
- Microsoft Office 97 Developer Edition
- Microsoft Access 97 Standard Edition
This article was previously published under Q179318
Moderate: Requires basic macro, coding, and interoperability skills.
Some of the features in the retail version of Microsoft Access are not available for run-time applications that you create using the Microsoft Office 97 Developer Edition Tools Setup wizard. For example, you are not able to redistribute the spelling checker files or the Microsoft Access wizards with your run-time application. However, there are ways in which you can simulate the features in Microsoft Office in a run-time application.
This article describes how you can simulate Office features in your run-time application.
The following list describes features that are disabled in custom applications that you create using the Setup wizard and how you can simulate those features.
Spelling Checker Functionality
You want to add spelling checker functionality to your run-time application.
You must write a procedure to run the installed spelling checker that is already on your user's computer or look for a 3rd party add-on that does spell checking. If Microsoft Word 97 is installed on your user's computer, you can write a procedure for a command button's OnClick property. For example, the following sample code is attached to the OnClick property of a command button on the Employees form. When clicked, it will check the spelling of the contents of the Notes field:
Private Sub Command0_Click() Me!Notes.SetFocus Me!Notes.SelStart = 0 Me!Notes.SelLength = Len(Me!Notes) RunCommand acCmdSpelling End Sub
Microsoft Access Wizard Functionality
You want to use Microsoft Access wizards in your custom application.
You cannot copy the wizard files directly into a custom application that you create. You can extract the code from the wizard files by opening the wizard file that contains the code you need and copying and pasting the code into your application.
NOTE: In the retail version of Microsoft Access 97, you can't view the Visual Basic for Applications code for wizards. However, you can download a special version of the wizards that contains viewable wizard code. For more information, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
151196 ACC97: Viewable Wzmain80.mde Code Available in Download Center
For example, if your users need to have the functionality of the Find Duplicates Query Wizard, you can copy the following code from Wztool80.mde:
Function Dup_Entry() On Error GoTo dup_Entry_Err Dim rsStrings As Recordset Dim dbCode As Database Set dbCode = CodeDb() Set rsStrings = dbCode.OpenRecordset("fd_TblStrings", dbOpenTable) rsStrings.Index = "PrimaryKey" wlib_StartAddin 203, rsStrings, "String" wlib_OpenCurrentDb DoCmd.OpenForm "fd_FrmMain", , , , , acDialog dup_Entry_Exit: On Error Resume Next rsStrings.Close dbCode.Close wlib_EndAddin wlib_CloseCurrentDb Exit Function dup_Entry_Err: If (Err <> 2501) Then wlib_HandleError Err, Error$ End If Resume dup_Entry_Exit End Function
When you call a procedure in the Wztool80.mde or Wzmain80.mde library database, the required syntax can vary, depending on if you have a reference to the library within your database.
For more information about where to find a specific wizard, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
159367 ACC97: Which Wizard Is Where in Microsoft Access 97?
You want to use the Filter-by-Form feature in your custom application.
The Filter-by-Form command is disabled in a Microsoft Access 97 run-time application. You can simulate this feature by using information that can be found in the Qbf.exe file. This file contains a database, created by Ken Getz, that demonstrates how to create a custom Filter-by-Form that you can use in any application, including a run-time application.
For more information about obtaining this file, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
166634 ACC97: Filter-by-Form Example for Run-Time Applications Available in Download Center
Office Assistant Functionality
You want to use the Office Assistant object in your custom application.
Only distribute your custom application that includes the Office Assistant object in environments where the user will have a retail copy of Microsoft Access. For more information about distributing the Office Assistant, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
162894 ODE97: Cannot Redistribute Office Assistant with Run-Time Application
You want to use the OutputTo functionality in your run-time application, and be prompted for an output file name.
If you want to prompt the user for a file name, you can use the ShowOpen or ShowSave methods of the Common Dialog ActiveX control.
For more information about using the ShowOpen or ShowSave methods in your run-time application, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
173334 ODE97: OutputTo Action Was Canceled Error in Run-time App
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Word functionality
You want to create run-time applications that include Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, or Microsoft Word documents to other users who do not have Microsoft Excel, Word, or PowerPoint
One way you can do this is by adding the application's viewer files to the Setup Wizard program when you are creating your distribution disks.
For more information about adding viewer files to your custom application, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
163410 ODE97: Creating Run-Time Apps for MS Excel, Word, or PowerPoint
Adding Custom Toolbars
You want to create custom toolbars that include commands from the Microsoft Access built-in toolbar.
Instead of selecting the built-in menus on the Commands tab in the Customize box, select the commands that you want from the individual categories. For example, if you want to add the File menu commands, select the File category, and then select the individual commands.
NOTE: The run-time environment does not show and hide your custom toolbars as the context changes, so you must manipulate the toolbars in your application using the ShowToolbar method in the OnActivate and OnDeactivate properties of your forms and reports.
Including Help Files
You want to use Microsoft Access Help in your run-time application.
If you want to provide Help for your run-time application, you must create your own Help file, and then set the AppHelpFile key in the Windows Registry. Microsoft Office 97 Developer Edition includes a Help Workshop to assist you in creating custom Help files, and the Setup Wizard to assist you in setting the AppHelpFile registry key when you create your Setup files.
For more information about creating your own Help file, please see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
171958 ODE97: Tips for Creating and Compiling Your Windows Help File
175491 ODE97: Step-by-Step Example of Creating/Compiling a Help File
163939 ODE97: Help Workshop Help Topics Contents
For more information about features that are disabled in the run-time environment, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
162521 ACC97: Differences Between Retail and Run-Time Microsoft Access
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