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VB3: Access web site URL from program

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I would like to open the default browser and go to my web site (or any other URL) from my program (VB3).  I tried using"
ShellExecute(0&, vbNullString, URL, vbNullString, vbNullString, vbNormalFocus)

(by the way, where is vbNullString defined? I would think this would give me an undefined error)

This worked at home.  I came in to work and tried it and the shellexecute returns a 2 (could not find file, i think, what file?) and does not open IE.

Thanks in advance,
Rob
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by:MikeP090797
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Check if you have assosiation for .html files
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by:cip
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If you're working with Windows NT, 16 bit ShellExecute will give error code 2 if the associated executable file exists in a directory path containing a long file name. This happens only on Windows NT systems, Windows 3.x and Windows 95 will work fine.You can find more info in Microsoft Knowledge base article Q172982.

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I am using windows 95, I checked the association by puting a shortcut on my desktop that was "http://www.rent-right.com"  This opens IE and dials in.

One other thing, I have two PC's at work.  One gives me an error (undefinded var.) for vbnullString, the other does not.  But both fail with a 2 from shellexecute.

Thanks for the help,
Rob
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Rob,

VbNullString should give a "variable not defined" sintax error in vb3,
unless the "option explicit" statement is omitted in the declaration
section of the module.

The example below works fine on my PC, hope it can help since it is sligthly
different from yours. The second parameter in the ShellExecute declaration
is defined of type "Any" rather than "String", to allow passing a null pointer.
If you want to keep the "String" type, you should pass "open" as the second
parameter, for example:

ShellExecute(0&, "open", URL, "", "", 0)


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Declare Function ShellExecute Lib "shell.dll" (ByVal hwnd As Integer, ByVal lpOperation As Any, ByVal lpFile As String, ByVal lpParameters As String, ByVal lpDirectory As String, ByVal nShowCmd As Integer) As Integer

Sub Command1_Click ()
    Dim r As Integer
    Dim URL As String

    URL = "http://www.rent-right.com"
    r = ShellExecute(0&, 0&, URL, "", "", 0)
   debug.print r
end sub
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by:RentRight
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Thanks, you got it.

It was the way I was declaring ShellExecute.  I used the declare out of the book using the Windows API with VB.  When I changed it to your declare, all of my previous versions worked.

Thanks again.
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