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Open New Internet Explorer Window

how can i programmatic browse to a specific web page in a NEW Internet Explorer window even if the user has there IE settings set to reuse IE windows?
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
I use this code, which opens a new IE for me, even as i have configured to reuse IE windows:

Private Declare Function ShellExecute Lib _
              "shell32.dll" Alias "ShellExecuteA" _
              (ByVal hwnd As Long, _
               ByVal lpOperation As String, _
               ByVal lpFile As String, _
               ByVal lpParameters As String, _
               ByVal lpDirectory As String, _
               ByVal nShowCmd As Long) As Long
Private Const SW_SHOW = 1

Private Sub Navigate(ByVal NavTo As String)
  Dim hBrowse As Long
  hBrowse = ShellExecute(0&, "open", NavTo, "", "", SW_SHOW)
End Sub

try this:

In windows 2000:-

Privat Sub command1_click()
Call Shell("C:/Program Files/Internet Explorer/iexplore.exe http://www.experts-exchange.com", vbNormalFocus)
End Sub

In others(like windows NT) etc

Privat Sub command1_click()
Call Shell("c:/program Files/Plus!/Microsoft Internet/iexplore.exe http://www.experts-exchange.com", vbNormalFocus)
End Sub

Hope this helps!


JambyteAuthor Commented:
angelIII, your code seems to be the most elegent but it doesn't open a new window if reuse current IE window is enabled in windows xp IE6.

priya_pbk, is there a way to make new window be in front, be active, or have focus know what i mean?
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Actually speaking, I did not have a good read at your question. I had just read the headline qt in the main page.

Again, the above code was for opening IE programatically thru vb (which i thought you wanted)!

if so, change the second parameter to "vbMinimizedFocus" instead of "vbNormalFocus", will this help!

Dim IE
Set IE = CreateObject("InternetExplorer.Application")
IE.Visible = True
IE.Navigate strURL
I found this code in Microsoft's Knowledge Database some time ago and I use it quite a bit. It opens a new browser window even if others are open.


Give it a try...

Private Const SW_SHOW = 5 ' Displays Window in its current size and position
Private Const SW_SHOWNORMAL = 1 ' Restores Window if Minimized or Maximized

Private Declare Function ShellExecute Lib "shell32.dll" Alias _
         "ShellExecuteA" (ByVal hwnd As Long, ByVal lpOperation As _
         String, ByVal lpFile As String, ByVal lpParameters As String, _
         ByVal lpDirectory As String, ByVal nShowCmd As Long) As Long

Private Declare Function FindExecutable Lib "shell32.dll" Alias _
         "FindExecutableA" (ByVal lpFile As String, ByVal lpDirectory As _
         String, ByVal lpResult As String) As Long

Private Sub Command1_Click()
      Dim FileName, Dummy As String
      Dim BrowserExec As String * 255
      Dim RetVal As Long
      Dim FileNumber As Integer

      ' First, create a known, temporary HTML file
      BrowserExec = Space(255)
      FileName = "C:\temphtm.HTM"
      FileNumber = FreeFile                    ' Get unused file number
      Open FileName For Output As #FileNumber  ' Create temp HTML file
          Write #FileNumber, "<HTML> <\HTML>"  ' Output text
      Close #FileNumber                        ' Close file
      ' Then find the application associated with it
      RetVal = FindExecutable(FileName, Dummy, BrowserExec)
      BrowserExec = Trim(BrowserExec)
      ' If an application is found, launch it!
      If RetVal <= 32 Or IsEmpty(BrowserExec) Then ' Error
          MsgBox "Could not find associated Browser", vbExclamation, _
            "Browser Not Found"
          RetVal = ShellExecute(Me.hwnd, "open", BrowserExec, _
            "www.microsoft.com", Dummy, SW_SHOWNORMAL)
          If RetVal <= 32 Then        ' Error
              MsgBox "Web Page not Opened", vbExclamation, "URL Failed"
          End If
      End If
      Kill FileName                   ' delete temp HTML file
End Sub
Hi Jambyte,
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    *** NOTE: I thought that angelIII's techniqye should work, but if it doesn't than maybe AzraSound's  will also fail.  Can anyone say for sure?

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