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How can I display a website through VB a user enters into a text box. Also is it possible to return search results using any search engine, yahoo, google, on a word the user enters into another text box.
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Question by:wsa
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by:vbDoc
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Hi,
In VB you will find web objects. Click on Project/Components. Click on Microsoft Internet Controls. Also check out Microsoft Internet Transfer Control.

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vbDoc
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You can do this in 2 ways:

1) Simple

a)Add Project component Microsoft Internet Controls

b)Open tool box then click on the Globe (Webbrowser Control) and place on your form.

c)Add the following:

Private Sub Form_Load()

WebBrowser1.Navigate2 "http://www.microsoft.com"

End Sub

d)Hit Run!


You get the web-site on your form.

So you can add a textbox and a Go Command button:

Sub cmdGo_Click()
WebBrowser1.Navigate2 text1
End Sub


2) Complex

Add the project component "Microsoft Internet Transfer Control"

dim url as string
dim PageData as string
dim ok
url="http://www.yourserver.com"

ok = DownloadFileOK(url, pagedata)
if not ok then
  msgbox "could not get data from site"
else
  label1.caption = PageData
end if

Now de-code the htlm in pagedata and display details ina picture box (thats the hard bit).

Have fun.....

Function DownloadFileOK(url As String, DataReturned As String) As Boolean

Dim b() As Byte
Dim bc As Long
Dim bl As Long


Dim purl As String

purl = url

On Error Resume Next
Err.Clear
b = Inet.OpenURL(purl, icByteArray)

If Err.Number = 0 Then
   DownloadFileOK = True
   bl = UBound(b)
   DataReturned = Space$(bl + 1)
   For bc = 0 To bl
       Mid(DataReturned, bc + 1, 1) = Chr$(b(bc))
       DoEvents
   Next bc
Else
   DownloadFileOK = False
   ErrorNumber = Err.Number
   ErrorReason = Err.Description
End If

Erase b

End Function


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by:wsa
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Thanks inthedark the simplified solution works great. Do you know the best way to perform a search on a word the user enters into the text box, using yahoo, etc?
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