If you speak to anybody who works in the accountancy field, they will always be talking about the “month end”. In all medium and large companies there will be a process at each month end which requires statements to be issued and reports to be distributed. This monthly process fills most finance people with a sense of dread. As simple as it sounds, the process is never smooth and often requires working a lot of additional hours. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a tool which could automate some of the report/statement distribution? Hmm . . . I wonder.
Introducing the Automatic E-mail Template
The Automatic E-mail Template will take away some of the month end pain, it will enable you to set-up a process to automatically send e-mails and documents to many recipients.
Please note, this template will only work where Outlook is being used as the e-mail software.
Download the template
I recommend you download the example file for this post. Then you’ll be able to work along with examples and see the solution in action, plus the file will be useful for future reference.
Download the file: Automatic eMail Template
Whilst I try to create safe and reliable templates and add-ins, I can (and often do) make mistakes. Please backup copies of your files before opening this template or running any VBA code. If you do find any bugs or errors, please let me know using my contact page.
By using any templates, add-ins, downloads or information from the site, you agree that I will not be held liable for any type of damages, and use is entirely at your own risk.
Please note, you do not need to download the file to create your own E-mail Template, all the instructions and VBA code are in the sections below.
You must thoroughly test this template first as you could easily send hundreds of e-mails by mistake to people who shouldn’t be receiving them. If you decide to use this template you do so entirely are your own risk.
How does the template work?
This tool is very simple to use.
The e-mail options on the worksheet are:
- To: e-mail addresses separated by a semicolon
- CC: e-mail addresses separated by a semicolon
- BCC: e-mail addresses separated by a semicolon
- Subject: text string to be used as the subject name
- Message: text string to be used in the message
- Attachments: full file paths of the files to be used as attachments, separated by the attachment separator
- Attachment separator: the character or characters used to separate the list of attachments
- Send / Display / Save: The option to leave the e-mail displayed, to save and close or to automatically send the e-mail.
Hopefully these options are all reasonably straightforward.
Add new lines:
To add a new line can copy and paste one of the lines from above, then change the information in that line as required.
Once the list is ready, click ‘Run’. The process will start at the top and keep working down the list until it reaches a blank cell in Column B.
There are limited error messages included within the code. Column A will display a tick or cross to identify the rows caused an error.
View the code
This file is not locked or protected in any way. Feel free to view the VBA code and make any changes you wish.
This template comes with no guarantees or warranties what so ever, use it at your own risk.
Build your own Automatic E-mail Template
To build your own template from scratch follow the instructions below:
Build the worksheet
Set up a worksheet similar to the image below.
The VBA code has been created to work with the list of e-mail starting at row 6 and with the columns in the exact order shown.
Do you know the fastest way to learn foreign languages? It is to read, write, speak, and think in that language as often as possible. Apart from speaking, programming languages are no different. The more you immerse yourself in that language, the faster you will pick it up.
Therefore, what most people like you need is lots of examples that you can practice. That is why the 100 Excel VBA Macros eBook exists. It’s the book for all Excel users who want to learn how to read and write Excel macros, save time, and stand out from their peers. The book contains:
- 100 example codes to practice reading and writing macros that will embed the language into your thinking.
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- Consistent code layout between examples to enable you to understand the structure and easily customize the code to meet your needs.
- Downloadable workbook containing all the source code, so the examples can be added to your project to give you the benefit of VBA straight away.
Copy the code below into a standard Module.
Sub SendMail() Dim outApp As Object Dim i As Long 'Check if Outlook is open On Error Resume Next Set outApp = GetObject(, "Outlook.Application") On Error GoTo 0 If outApp Is Nothing Then MsgBox "Outlook is not open. Open Outlook and try again.", vbExclamation Exit Sub End If 'Clear the ticks from column A Columns("A:A").ClearContents 'The row in which the list of e-mails start i = 6 While Cells(i, 2).Value <> "" updateMail Cells(i, 2), Cells(i, 3), Cells(i, 4), Cells(i, 5), _ Cells(i, 6), Cells(i, 7), Cells(i, 8), Cells(i, 9), i i = i + 1 Wend Set outApp = Nothing End Sub
Sub updateMail(ToBox As String, CcBox As String, BccBox As String, _ Subject As String, Message As String, AttachmentList As String, _ AttachmentSeparator As String, Action As String, row As Long) Dim outApp As Object Dim outMailItem As Object Dim i As Integer Dim attachmentArray() As String Set outApp = GetObject(, "Outlook.Application") Set outMailItem = outApp.CreateItem(0) attachmentArray() = Split(AttachmentList, AttachmentSeparator) On Error GoTo ErrorFound 'The To, CC and BCC values can send e-mails to multiple recpients 'just ensure the e-mail addresses are separated with a semicolon (;) With outMailItem .To = ToBox .CC = CcBox .BCC = BccBox .Subject = Subject .Body = Message For i = LBound(attachmentArray) To UBound(attachmentArray) .Attachments.Add Trim(attachmentArray(i)) Next Select Case Action Case "Display" .Display Case "Save" .Close False Case "Send" .Send End Select End With 'Display tick or cross ErrorFound: If Err.Number = 0 Then Cells(row, 1) = "ü" Else Cells(row, 1) = "û" End If CleanUp: Set outMailItem = Nothing Set outApp = Nothing End Sub
Make month end just a little easier
So, there you have it, the Automatic E-mail Template. A simple little tool which could save your hours of work every month. Remember, testing is essential, as it is possible to send a lot of e-mails in error, and nobody wants that! But once it’s working as you expect, just click the button, then bask in your time-saving glory!
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Do you need help adapting this to your needs?
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But, if you’re still struggling you should:
- Read other blogs, or watch YouTube videos on the same topic. You will benefit much more by discovering your own solutions.
- Ask the ‘Excel Ninja’ in your office. It’s amazing what things other people know.
- Ask a question in a forum like Mr Excel, or the Microsoft Answers Community. Remember, the people on these forums are generally giving their time for free. So take care to craft your question, make sure it’s clear and concise. List all the things you’ve tried, and provide screenshots, code segments and example workbooks.
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