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Attaché ExpressLink lets you open, save and send Attaché reports in different formats and different programs. For example, you can choose to open an Attaché report in Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel, email it, or save it in .html or .csv format. You can also print reports directly from the Print Preview screen. The ExpressLink toolbar also includes tools which assist you to view and move around a report.

To access the various ExpressLink options, go to the desired report and select Screen as the Output Device and then Print (F9). This opens the report in print preview mode with the ExpressLink toolbar displayed across the top of the preview screen.

Attaché ExpressLink toolbar 

The icons you see on your ExpressLink toolbar depend on the software installed on your computer. For example, if you do not have Word or Excel installed, the icons for these programs will not appear on your toolbar.

The toolbar icons and their functions are described below.


IconDescription

Closes the report preview screen. (Esc)

Type in text or numbers to search for, search options include case sensitive or whole word only. (F2) (F3)
Opens the report as a Tab Delimited file in Microsoft Excel. (F4)
Opens a dialog box which allows you to choose a file name, file type and location for the saved report. (F5)
Opens the report in Notepad as a text file. (F6)

Opens a selection box which allows you to select a file format in which to email the report. (F7)

Opens a new mail message in your email program and displays the report in the body of the email (HTML) or includes the report as an attachment (Tab Delimited or Text).

(Note: to create an email which opens with an attachment, your email program and operating system must support the Microsoft "MailTo" protocol. See note below for more information.)

Opens the report in PDF format. (F8)

Sends the report to the printer selected in your saved user options. If no printer is selected, your default Windows printer will be used. (F9)
Opens the report as a HTML document in Microsoft Word. (F11)

Opens the report as a HTML document in your default browser. (F12)

Moves up/down through the report. (Page Up) (Page Down)
Moves up/down one line. (Up)(Down)
Copies the contents. (Ctrl+C)

Changes the viewing size of the report by ten per cent each time you click Zoom Out, to a minimum of twenty per cent of the original size. (minus)(plus)

Changes the viewing size of the report by twenty per cent each time you click Zoom In, to a maximum of three hundred per cent of the original size.

Note: If you zoom out or in on a report and then choose to email it in HTML, the report appears in the email in its reduced or magnified size. To return to the original size you need to reopen the report.

Note: Provided your email application and operating system fully support the Microsoft "MailTo" protocol, you can use Email (F7) to automatically create a new email with an attachment (such as a PDF of your report). 

If the "MailTo" protocol is not supported, a simple workaround is to select Save (F5) to save the report and then create an email and attach the report. 

Note that the "MailTo" protocol may not work with Microsoft Outlook Express. Attaché Software has developed special programming techniques to give some versions of Microsoft Outlook Express the ability to add attachments. 

To test if your version of Microsoft Outlook supports the "MailTo" protocol, type one of the following in the Windows | Start | Run dialog:

  1. To@Example.com?subject=Subject&attachment="C:\Example.gif"
  2. To@Example.com?subject=Subject&attachment=""C:\Example.gif""


Make sure the file you want to attach (i.e. Example.gif) exists in the path specified. Now choose OK.

If the "MailTo" protocol is supported, an email should be created with Example.gif (or the file of your choice) attached. 

If you are using an email program that does not support Microsoft's "MailTo" protocol, the attachment will not be added. However, this is not a fault or defect in your Attaché system — it is simply a characteristic of your email program.


REF: A000797.02