IN THIS CHAPTER
Office 2007 built-in Word export
Components of the Word object model used in Automation code
Creating Word documents filled with Access data, using four different methods
Despite the new and improved report interactive features discussed in the "Report Layout View" sidebar, for full control over the appearance and content of documents filled with Access data, VBA Automation code working with Word documents is the best choice. This chapter discusses producing Word documents by using a Ribbon command to create simple documents, or writing VBA Automation code to create Word documents and fill them with data, using four different methods.
In contrast to Access reports (even in the new Layout view), Word documents have extensive formatting options, including tables, form fields, and other specialized controls not available in Access reports, even in Layout view. Generating Word documents from Access VBA code lets you use all of Word's formatting options and (if desired) to create a separate document for each Access record, instead of a multi-page mail merge document. And the Word documents containing merged Access data can be edited, which is not an option even for Access 2007 reports.