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I need to know how to call the defualt web browser to a spacific page.  Any additional control I can have over the browser if possible example: window position, size toolbars, menus, ect.

Instructions for building a browser into my app would be better. (will increase point value for this)
example: In Visual Basic you can insert an Internet Exploerer component into your application.
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Question by:fibdev
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by:Stefaan
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Hi,

A simple solution is to call the ShellExecute function.  If you would like to open the default browser and go to www.experts-exchange.com the code would look like :

ShellExecute(ValidParentForm (Self).Handle,'Open', PChar('http://www.experts-exchange.com'), nil, nil, SW_SHOWNORMAL);

I have to pass for the further options, but maybe some other expert can give you more info on that.
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by:tomer_engel
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hey
what stefann suggested should do the trick-->open your default browser,,if you need to know the location of the going to be opened browser--you should check inside the registry:(in case the browser is Internet explorer)-else you should find the key of the browser)

my_computer\HKEY_USERS\Default\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main

(open this mark with the regedit)  you'll find all the keys you want
1)"Start Page" 2)"Full Screen" ....

...\Internet Explorer\Explorer Bars -the Interfaces for the bars are located there

if you're looking for a browser demo  ,the delphi is shipped with one--if you don't have it i can mail you,,(just add your mail box).          

and there's not a component for a browser,,but alot of internet componets are available in the delphi suite.

Bye for now      
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by:fibdev
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expert@fibdev.com

What version of delphi comes with the browser demo?  I use Delphi 5 Standard edition.
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by:fibdev
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Stefaan,

I get an undeclaired Identifier error message.

Please bare with me, Delphi is new to me.
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Hi,

You need to add the ShellAPI unit to your uses clause.
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by:wmckie
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To find out more about building web browser into your app I'd recommend Per Lindso Larsen's site:

http://www.euromind.com/iedelphi/

There's an excellent component (TEmbeddesWB) and lots of useful tips and examples.

Walter McKie
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by:Mathias
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I found a file, located at

http://www.bsn.ch/avonwyss/programming/files/Delphi/QuickHTML.zip

This is a simple text browser for your application, including full source code.
Features: fonts, formats, links...
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by:fibdev
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Thank you everyone
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by:msedi
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Hello,

the problem is, I don't know whether you want to pay for the HTML component or not. I you want to pay look at www.pbear.com, they have an HTML component (Very good). Otherwise take the TWebBrowser component from Delphi 5.

Good luck
Martin
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