You might be contemplating whether or not to install the 200MB Lotus Symphony suite, which is included with Lotus Notes 8.0, but this can be problematic. This tip can be helpful in such a situation.
If you do not install Lotus Symphony, the Lotus Notes 8 'Welcome page' doesn't recognize this and presents the Lotus Notes user with three options to launch Microsoft documents, presentations and spreadsheets. If Symphony is not installed, the Lotus Notes user receives an error message when selecting any of these options. The LotusScript code below allows you to modify these buttons to launch the corresponding Microsoft applications.
Note: Rolling this out is simple using the Lotus Notes 8 "Policies" capabilities.
Figure 1. LotusScript 'click event' button code in the WPDefaultBasic page.
The buttons are located in the WPDefaultBasic form. Place this code behind the corresponding "click event" buttons to launch one of the Microsoft documents .
Sub Click(Source As Button) Set wApp = CreateObject ("Word.Application") wApp.Visible = True End Sub To Launch Excel Sub Click(Source As Button) Set wApp = CreateObject ("Excel.Application") wApp.Visible = True wApp.Workbooks.Add End Sub To Launch PowerPoint Sub Click(Source As Button) Set wApp = CreateObject ("PowerPoint.Application") wApp.Visible = True wApp.Presentations.Add End Sub
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This was first published in April 2008