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Re: Word 2002 - cannot list tables

From: George Weaver <gweaver(at)shaw(dot)ca>
To: Randall Smith <randall(at)tnr(dot)cc>
Cc: pgsql-odbc(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Word 2002 - cannot list tables
Date: 2004-12-23 04:21:51
Message-ID: 00ba01c4e8a6$f01b4270$6400a8c0@Dell4500 (view raw, whole thread or download thread mbox)
Lists: pgsql-odbc
Hi Randall,

I'm not going to be harsh.

You might want to try setting up a "universal data link" (.udl) file in My 
Documents, under My Data Sources.  I have used such a link on occasion.  I 
just tried it with Word 2002 and was able to successfully link to 

In My Data Sources create a .txt file and then change the extension to 
".udl".  Then double click on the file to open it.  It will bring up a 
datalink properties wizard that will let you set the provider, etc.  Try the 
Microsoft OLE DB Provider for ODBC Drivers under Provider.  Under the 
Connection tab, specify the DSN you set up -  it should be in the drop down 
box beside "Use data source name".  You shouldn't have to set any other 
parameters since they should already be set in the DSN you set up.  Try the 
Test Connection button to see if you can connect.

In Word 2002, choose Insert Database from the toolbar - then Get Data.  When 
it asks you to select your data source, click on the .udl file you just 
created, then Open.  It should retrieve the tables in the database for you.

There's not much in the .udl file.  This is what was in the file I just 
created to test linking to Word :

; Everything after this line is an OLE DB initstring
Provider=MSDASQL.1;Persist Security Info=False;Data Source=test72



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Randall Smith" <randall(at)tnr(dot)cc>
To: "Greg Campbell" <greg(dot)campbell(at)us(dot)michelin(dot)com>
Cc: <pgsql-odbc(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Sent: Wednesday, December 22, 2004 2:10 PM
Subject: Re: [ODBC] Word 2002 - cannot list tables

>I am trying to merge letters using MS Word 2002.  I have set up a DSN using 
>the current version of the PostgreSQL ODBC driver.  I don't think I'm using 
>MS Query.  I'm not very familiar with Word (I don't personally use it), I'm 
>trying to set up merge documents for someone who must use Word.  Should be 
> I try to select the datasource using the 'Open Data Source' button on the 
> toolbar.  I then select New Source -> ODBC DSN -> 'My PostgreSQL DSN' and 
> I get this error:
> Unable to obtain a list of tables from the data source.
> Randall

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