Category: Scripting

Script/Macro capability won't enable in VBA
article #934, updated 428 days ago

If all of your settings are correct but you still get the popup saying that macros are disabled, your OTM file — the VBA project file — is corrupt. In the case of Outlook:

  1. Export your modules to .BAS files
  2. Exit Outlook
  3. Go here in Explorer:
  4. Delete the OTM file
  5. Restart Outlook
  6. Import your exported .BAS files into the new VBA project which it created for you.

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Great VBScript reference
article #928, updated 433 days ago

Seems like certain VBScript references are being ripped off of the Web; thus it was great to see this:

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Windows automation / keyboard and mouse macros, in Python
article #823, updated 708 days ago

Two very interesting and related developments:

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WordPerfect Files
article #737, updated 967 days ago

It’s not very much documented, but if you have a lot of WordPerfect files, try renaming their extensions to .DOC. Word will load them, unless they are very old files from WordPerfect for DOS.

If you have a huge tree of WPD files, use a batch file like this:

For /R "X:\TOP_OF_TREE" %%G in (.) Do (
 Pushd %%G
 Echo now in %%G
 ren *.wpd *.doc
 Popd )
Echo "Done!"

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An excellent resource on CMD, VBscript, PowerShell, Bash, Oracle, OS X, SQL Server, Access...
article #628, updated 1220 days ago

Try this:

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Detect Computer Group Membership
article #544, updated 1464 days ago

Try this:

Dim objNetwork
Set objNetwork = CreateObject("WScript.Network")

Dim objWinntComp
Set objWinntComp = GetObject("WinNT://" & objNetwork.UserDomain & "/" & objNetwork.ComputerName & ",computer")
MsgBox "WinNT://" & objNetwork.UserDomain & "/" & objNetwork.ComputerName & ",computer"

Dim strGroupToCheck
strGroupToCheck = "GROUP_TO_DETECT"

If IsMemberOfGroup(objNetwork.UserDomain, objWinntComp, strGroupToCheck) = True Then
      MsgBox "You are a member of " & strGroupToCheck
ElseIf IsMemberOfGroup(objNetwork.UserDomain, objWinntComp, strGroupToCheck) = False Then
      MsgBox "You are NOT a member of " & strGroupToCheck
ElseIf IsMemberOfGroup(objNetwork.UserDomain, objWinntComp, strGroupToCheck) = "Error" Then
      MsgBox "There was no group found called " & strGroupToCheck
End If      

Function IsMemberOfGroup(strUserDomain, objComp, strGroup) 'the user is a member of a specified group
      IsMemberOfGroup = False
      Dim objGroup
      On Error Resume Next
      Set objGroup = GetObject("WinNT://" & strUserDomain & "/" & strGroup & ",group")
      If Err.Number Then
            IsMemberOfGroup = "Error"
            IsMemberOfGroup = objGroup.IsMember(objComp.ADsPath & "$")
      End If
End Function

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Iterate a folder in CMD
article #519, updated 1519 days ago

Try this:

@echo off
for /D %%Q in (C:\*) do echo Directory:  %%Q
for %%Q in (C:\*) do echo File:  %%Q

The above is a solid batch file — if you use the logic in the command shell, use single percents, not doubles!

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Choose one or more files in Access (or other VBA) 2010
article #412, updated 1891 days ago

The below is revised from here. It works well, as long as a reference to the Microsoft Office [currentversion] Type Library is created. This is confirmed to work well in Access 2010.

Public Function ChooseFile() As String

    With Application.FileDialog(msoFileDialogFilePicker) 
        .AllowMultiSelect = False 'Select only one file
        .Title = "Choose file" 'Set dialog title
        .ButtonName = "Choose" 'Set the button caption
        '.Filters.Clear 'Make sure the filter list is clear
        'Add 2 filters
            '.Filters.Add "JPEGs", "*.jpg"
            '.Filters.Add "Bitmaps", "*.bmp"
            '.FilterIndex = 2 ' Set the filter index to 2
            '.Filters.Add "All", "*.*"

        'Set initial path
        .InitialFileName = "" 

        'Optionally show files as thumbnails
        '.InitialView = msoFileDialogViewThumbnail
        .InitialView = msoFileDialogViewList

        'Show the dialog and test the return
        If .Show = 0 Then
            'didn't pick a file - exit sub
            ChooseFile = ""
            Exit Function
        End If

        'Should be only one file name - grab it
        ChooseFile = Trim(.SelectedItems(1))  

        'On Error Resume Next 'Set error trap

    End With

End Function

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Send email via Gmail SMTP by VBscript (incl. SMTP auth!)
article #341, updated 2093 days ago

Here is a VBscript which, if edited for your Gmail account and environment, will work well on anything XP, Server 2003, or above. It does not require any additional installations, CDO is an object built in to Windows:

EmailSubject = "Sending Email by CDO"
EmailBody = "This is the body of a message sent via" & vbCRLF & _
		"a CDO.Message object using SMTP authentication."

Const EmailFrom = ""
Const EmailFromName = "My Very Own Name"
Const EmailTo = ""
Const SMTPServer = ""
Const SMTPLogon = ""
Const SMTPPassword = "gMaIlPaSsWoRd"
Const SMTPSSL = True
Const SMTPPort = 465

Const cdoSendUsingPickup = 1 	'Send message using local SMTP service pickup directory.
Const cdoSendUsingPort = 2 	'Send the message using SMTP over TCP/IP networking.

Const cdoAnonymous = 0 	' No authentication
Const cdoBasic = 1 	' BASIC clear text authentication
Const cdoNTLM = 2 	' NTLM, Microsoft proprietary authentication

' First, create the message

Set objMessage = CreateObject("CDO.Message")
objMessage.Subject = EmailSubject
objMessage.From = """" & EmailFromName & """ <" & EmailFrom & ">"
objMessage.To = EmailTo
objMessage.TextBody = EmailBody

' Second, configure the server

objMessage.Configuration.Fields.Item _
("") = 2

objMessage.Configuration.Fields.Item _
("") = SMTPServer

objMessage.Configuration.Fields.Item _
("") = cdoBasic

objMessage.Configuration.Fields.Item _
("") = SMTPLogon

objMessage.Configuration.Fields.Item _
("") = SMTPPassword

objMessage.Configuration.Fields.Item _
("") = SMTPPort

objMessage.Configuration.Fields.Item _
("") = SMTPSSL

objMessage.Configuration.Fields.Item _
("") = 60


' Now send the message!


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Notifications for Windows Server Backup (2008)
article #340, updated 2094 days ago

After a whole lot of looking:

The above requires Microsoft SMTP to be installed, which means no SMTP auth on the outbound — but a solution to that is at hand. Use this Gmail-sending VBscript, as the “action” to the error event list Paul Hite gives us:


and we’re in! I will try to get permission from Paul to rewrite all of this step-by-step in detail. For now, the idea is, we set up a “scheduled” task which triggers on the above event list (and not by a timed schedule). We go to Server Manager, Configuration, Task Scheduler, Task Scheduler Library, Microsoft, Windows, and Backup, and create a new task, beginning the task on an Event, settings Custom not Basic, with a New Event Filter; set it “By log”, and drill down “Applications and Services Logs”, “Microsoft”, “Windows”, “Backup”, and choose “Operational”. Then, set its “Action” is the above-mentioned VBscript.

And if we want a separate notification on successes, we can make a copy of the VBscript with a “success” message, and instead of the above error event list, we just use event 4.


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