?
Solved

Automating Internet Explorer

Posted on 1999-01-13
6
Medium Priority
?
259 Views
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
My application needs to get the URL of the page currently displayed in IE and respond accordingly. Here's part of the code I'm using:
...
    On Error GoTo StartExplorer
    Set ie = GetObject(, "InternetExplorer.Application")
    Exit Function
StartExplorer:
      If Err.Number = 429 Then _
      Set ie = CreateObject("InternetExplorer.Application")
...

According to the documentation, the GetObject function is supposed to start a new instance of IE only if IE is not already running. My problem is that it always opens a new instance of IE.

Am I using GetObject correctly? Or is there any other way to get the current URL (and go to a new URL) in the currently active IE window? I do not want to embed the browser within my app. (I am using DDE with Netscape, and it works fine.)

Thanks. Jim
0
Comment
Question by:biffman9
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 3
6 Comments
 
LVL 13

Expert Comment

by:Mirkwood
ID: 1455946
Here are the DDE topics:
IExplore|WWW_OpenUrl

0
 

Author Comment

by:biffman9
ID: 1455947
I'm willing to give DDE with IE a try, but I'll need more than just the open URL call. I'll also need at least an Activate and a getURL. Pointing me to where IE DDE is documented will do. Thanks.
0
 
LVL 13

Expert Comment

by:Mirkwood
ID: 1455948
Goto support.microsoft.com and search for Q160957
This article describes DDE in IE.

BTW:
The other topics you requested are WWW_GetWindowInfo and WWW_Activate
0
Concerto Cloud for Software Providers & ISVs

Can Concerto Cloud Services help you focus on evolving your application offerings, while delivering the best cloud experience to your customers? From DevOps to revenue models and customer support, the answer is yes!

Learn how Concerto can help you.

 

Author Comment

by:biffman9
ID: 1455949
Good answer. As it turns out, the IE DDE is the same as Netscape, making my code much more elegant. Thanks.

I'm not sure how to re-grade your answer as acceptable and good.


0
 
LVL 13

Accepted Solution

by:
Mirkwood earned 450 total points
ID: 1455950
I'll just answer it again.
0
 

Author Comment

by:biffman9
ID: 1455951
I've fount that Internet Explorer's response to DDE is a bit unpredictable (not a surprise, I guess, given its problems in other areas). If more than one IE window is open, only the first-opened IE window will respond to DDE; but if you close that first window, the other IE windows will respond as they should.
0

Featured Post

Concerto's Cloud Advisory Services

Want to avoid the missteps to gaining all the benefits of the cloud? Learn more about the different assessment options from our Cloud Advisory team.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

The debugging module of the VB 6 IDE can be accessed by way of the Debug menu item. That menu item can normally be found in the IDE's main menu line as shown in this picture.   There is also a companion Debug Toolbar that looks like the followin…
Enums (shorthand for ‘enumerations’) are not often used by programmers but they can be quite valuable when they are.  What are they? An Enum is just a type of variable like a string or an Integer, but in this case one that you create that contains…
As developers, we are not limited to the functions provided by the VBA language. In addition, we can call the functions that are part of the Windows operating system. These functions are part of the Windows API (Application Programming Interface). U…
Get people started with the utilization of class modules. Class modules can be a powerful tool in Microsoft Access. They allow you to create self-contained objects that encapsulate functionality. They can easily hide the complexity of a process from…
Suggested Courses

719 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question