DDEInitiate Method
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Application.DDEInitiate Method (Excel)

Office 2013 and later
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Opens a DDE channel to an application.

expression .DDEInitiate(App, Topic)

expression A variable that represents an Application object.

Parameters

Name

Required/Optional

Data Type

Description

App

Required

String

The application name.

Topic

Required

String

Describes something in the application to which you're opening a channel ? usually a document of that application.

Return Value

Long

If successful, the DDEInitiate method returns the number of the open channel. All subsequent DDE functions use this number to specify the channel.

This example opens a channel to Word, opens the Word document Formletr.doc, and then sends the FilePrint command to WordBasic.

channelNumber = Application.DDEInitiate( _ 
 app:="WinWord", _ 
 topic:="C:\WINWORD\FORMLETR.DOC") 
Application.DDEExecute channelNumber, "[FILEPRINT]" 
Application.DDETerminate channelNumber
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