How to make Notes view icons run code

In R6, there is a new method in views called "InViewEdit". This method allows you to programmatically make columns in views editable. If you want to make icons in views active so when you click on it, they perform some code, use this tip.

I have use this principle to run many other functions, like launching Dom.doc folders, opening dialog boxes, or even launching a Web site address. Use the programmatic name and the Columnvalue to further expand your options on what action to execute. Use Script libraries to make the same actions available in multiple views.

First, open the properties of a column, and turn on "Display values as Icon" and "Editable Column". Then, change the programatic name of the column to "LaunchAtt". In the column formula, add this formula:@If(@AttachmentNames!="";5;"")

Finally, in the lnViewEdit method, throw in this code:

Sub Inviewedit(Source As Notesuiview, 
Requesttype As Integer, Colprogname As Variant, 
Columnvalue As Variant, Continue As Variant)
  Const SAVE_REQUEST = 3
 Dim session As New NotesSession
 Dim workspace As New NotesUIWorkspace
 Dim dbCurrent As NotesDatabase
 Dim docCurrent As NotesDocument
 Dim  varFormulaAttachments As String
 Dim varAttachments As Variant
 Dim varSelect As Variant
 Dim strPath As String
 Dim strAction As String
 Set dbCurrent = Session.CurrentDatabase
 Select Case RequestType
  Set docCurrent = 
  Select Case Colprogname(0)  
' Programatic name of the column
  Case "LaunchAtt"    
' User clicked the icon to see attachments.
   Continue = False
   '-- Select the attachment
   varSelect = workspace.Prompt
 "Select from the following list of attachments", "
" , varAttachments)
   '-- Proceed to detach file
   If varSelect = "" Then Exit Sub
   strFileNameDetach = varSelect
  Case Else
   '-- you can do other actions such as 
save documents, see the R6 Help for details.
  End Select
 End Select
 Exit Sub
 '-- Load the attachments in a variant
 varFormulaAttachments = |@AttachmentNames| 
 varAttachments = 
Evaluate(varFormulaAttachments, docCurrent)
 '-- Detach the file that is requested.
 Forall item In docCurrent.Items
  If ( item.Name = "$FILE") Then  
   Set object =
   If Not (object Is Nothing) Then 
    strFileName =   Object.Name
    If strFileName =  strFileNameDetach Then 
     Call  Object.ExtractFile
( strPath  & ""& strFileName)
    End If
   End If
  End If 
 End Forall
 filePath = strPath + "/" +  strFileNameDetach
 filePath ="file://" + filepath
 Print Filepath
 Call Session.SetEnvironmentVar
 Call  workspace.urlopen(filepath)
 '-- Get the Temp Path and append 
My Documents and My Downloads
 strPath = Environ("Temp")
 strPath = Strleft(strPath,"LOCALS",0)+
"My DocumentsMy Downloads"
 If Dir(strPath, 16 )="" Then
  Print "Creating directory: " & strPath
  Mkdir strPath
  Print "Using directory " & strPath 
 End If 
End Sub

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This was first published in October 2005

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