This script prints all attachments on a Notes document's Body field. You do not need to know the attachment names ahead of time, or the application that needs to be invoked to print them. The shellExecute command uses the Windows registry to determine the correct application to print the attachment.
This works with Notes Clients 4.6.7 and 5.0.11 running Windows 2000 or XP. It probably works with other Windows versions and Notes clients as well.
This code detaches attachments in the Body field for the current document and saves them on the user's hard drive in the c:notesdata directory.
Note: This code leaves these attachments on the user's hard drive. You will need to add a separate routine to delete them, because the shellExecute print process does not like you deleting the files while it is printing. I did not include code here to delete these temporary files.
'This code adapted from a VB code posted by Dev Ashish 'http://www.mvps.org/access/api/api0018.htm 'Remember these declarations Declare Function ShellExecute Lib "shell32.dll" Alias "ShellExecuteA" _ (Byval hwnd As Long, Byval lpszOp As String, _ Byval lpszFile As String, Byval lpszParams As String, _ Byval LpszDir As String, Byval FsShowCmd As Long) As Long Declare Private Function GetDesktopWindow Lib "user32" () As Long Private Const SW_HIDE = 0& 'You need to call the this sub from some other sub, like the Click or Initialize sub. ' like this: ' Call PrintAttachment (doc) Sub PrintAttachment(doc As NotesDocument) Dim rtItem As NotesRichTextItem Dim Scr_hDC As Long Dim ret As Long Dim file As String Set rtItem = doc.GetFirstItem("Body") If Not rtItem Is Nothing Then Forall o In rtItem.EmbeddedObjects file = o.Name Call o.ExtractFile( "c:notesdata" & file ) Scr_hDC = GetDesktopWindow() ret = shellExecute (Scr_hDC, "print",file ,Null ,"c:notesdata" ,SW_HIDE) If ret <= 32 Then Msgbox "An error occurs while printing!" End If End Forall End If End Sub
This looks like it should work, but there are a couple of problems:
- The code should not assume that such a directory exists. Notes can be installed with different data paths.
- If a file with the same name already exists in the directory, this code is overwriting it. If the file is, for example, names.nsf, user data could be irretrievably lost.
The whole issue of when the files get deleted is left up in the air.
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This was first published in May 2004