Excel automation to access a workbook

I want to utililze Excel Automation to obtain properties from an Excel 

Given path of the Excel workbook, how can I get the properties of a workbook 
without making the Excel application or the workbook visible.

Then obviously close the Excel workbook and the Excel Object after I get the 

Any help with this would be appreciated
12/15/2007 1:51:00 PM
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Here is some code I am using. I need help getting it to work. When I run it, 
I get an error message

"Run-time error '-2147417851 (80010105)'  Method 'Open' of object 
'Workbooks' failed"

I am in a form in Access 97 trying to access Excel 97 through automation. OS 
Win XP
In the current database i have set a references to 
Microsoft Excel 8.0 Objct Library
Microsoft Officel 8.0 Objct Library

Sub AccessWorkbook()
    Dim xlApp As Excel.application
    Dim xlwbBook As Excel.Workbook
    Dim stFile As String

    stFile = "C:\New Files\Data.xls"

     'Instantiate a new session with the COM-Object Excel.exe
    Set xlApp = New Excel.application
    Set xlwbBook = xlApp.Workbooks.Open(stFile)
  MsgBox xlwbBook.Names(1).Name
     'Close Excel.
     'Release the COM-objects from memory.

    Set xlwbBook = Nothing
    Set xlApp = Nothing

End Sub
12/15/2007 3:06:00 PM

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