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  • Stan Mathews
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    Re: Blank Records

    I suggest you ask one of the moderators to move your post to the proper forum. The thread to which you attached your question deals with preventing blank records being entered in a native Alpha dbf in a desktop application. It has nothing to do with mailmerge, VBA, macros, or excel. All of your previous posts seem to have been in the Web/Mobile forum area. This is not that.

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  • edwards142
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    Re: Blank Records

    I have an excel data source with several rows, when I use this source MailMerge using Microsoft word, I encounter a problem, for some cases, the word document has blank fields (meaning, there are no record in excel, but due to word template, there are pages, but without the data from excel - with only the template contents). I'm currently working on a VBA to automate my Mailmerge, but because of this, my macro doesn't work that efficiently. Your help would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you!!

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  • Phil Krenzer
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    Re: Blank Records

    Thanks for info very helpful

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  • Phil Krenzer
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    Re: Blank Records

    Thanks Stan as usual you helped me again many thanks

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  • Mike Wilson
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    Re: Blank Records

    I chose the second of Stan's recommendations and I use this code to assist with preparing such dialogs.

    Code:
    dim vcollect as C=""
    dim vscope as C="shared"
    
    dim vtbl as C="your_table_here"
    dim vLfields as C=""
    vLfields=table.external_field_name_get(vtbl,"n,t,w")
    
    dim vfn as C=""
    dim vft as C=""
    dim vfw as C=""
    dim vfield_var_dim as C=""
    dim vLt_dot_field_equals as C=""
    dim vLvar_equals_tbl as C=""
    dim vdlg_fields as C=""
    for each foo in vLfields
    	vfn=alltrim(word(foo,1,","))
    	vft=alltrim(word(foo,2,","))
    	vfw=alltrim(word(foo,3,","))
    	vLt_dot_field_equals=vLt_dot_field_equals+"tss."+vfn+"=v"+vfn+crlf()
    	vLvar_equals_tbl=vLvar_equals_tbl+"v"+vfn+"=alltrim(tss."+vfn+")"+crlf()
    
    	vfield_var_dim=vfield_var_dim+"dim "+vscope+" v"+vfn+" as "+vft+crlf()
    	vdlg_fields=vdlg_fields+"{sp=3}{font=Arial,9,bi}"+vfn+": | {font=Arial,10}[."+(""+(int(val(vfw)*2)))+"v"+vfn+"!ev"+left(vfn,2)+"_*] ;"+crlf()
    next
    
    	vcollect=vfield_var_dim+crlf(2)+vLvar_equals_tbl+crlf(2)+vdlg_fields+crlf(2)+vLt_dot_field_equals+crlf()
    	clipboard.Set_Data(vcollect)
    	
    msgbox("done")

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  • fddizon
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    Re: Blank Records

    thanks very helpful

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  • Stan Mathews
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    Re: Blank Records

    One way is to immediately delete blank records after they are saved.
    The onsaverecord event in the table field rules can be utilized, the below deletes the record if the id field is left blank.

    Code:
    tbl = table.current()
    if alltrim(tbl.id) = ""
    	tbl.change_begin()
    	tbl.delete()
    	tbl.change_end()
    end if
    Another would be to display an xdialog with variables to capture the necessary field values for a record and validate the entries before writing the variables to table fields.
    Last edited by Stan Mathews; 06-21-2017, 11:26 AM.

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  • Phil Krenzer
    started a topic Blank Records

    Blank Records

    How do you prevent a user from saving blank records.
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