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how can I load an html page named help.html in a browser window when I press a button named Help_btn in my visual basic program ?
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Question by:oostwijk
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by:R_Rajesh
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try:

Ret& = ShellExecute(0, "open", "c:\help.htm", "", vbNull, SW_SHOWNORMAL)
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Ret& = ShellExecute(0, "open", "www.google.com", "", vbNull, SW_SHOWNORMAL)
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Private Sub Help_btn_Click()
Ret& = ShellExecute(0, "open", "www.google.com", "", vbNull, SW_SHOWNORMAL)
End Sub

Rajesh
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well i forgot to list the function

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 Sub Help_btn_Click()
Ret& = ShellExecute(0, "open", "www.google.com", "", vbNull, SW_SHOWNORMAL)
End Sub
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by:oostwijk
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Hi Rajesh,

It works fine when I use the line :
Ret& = ShellExecute(0, "open", "www.google.com", "", vbNull, SW_SHOWNORMAL)

However when I want to open a offline html page with:
Ret& = ShellExecute(0, "open", "help.html", "", vbNull, SW_SHOWNORMAL)
it doesn't work..

Can you help me out ?

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by:R_Rajesh
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give the full path:

Ret& = ShellExecute(0, "open", "c:\html\help.html", "", vbNull, SW_SHOWNORMAL)



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by:valipotor
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Maybe you have to use the file protocol , like this
Ret& = ShellExecute(0, "open", "file://c:\html\help.html", "", vbNull, SW_SHOWNORMAL)

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by:bhartung
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If you prefer to have programmatic control over the process rather than just shelling out (so that you can get better error information, for example), you could do this instead:

    Dim oIE As Object
   
    Set oIE = CreateObject("SHDocVw.InternetExplorer")
   
    oIE.Visible = True
   
    oIE.Navigate "http://www.sysinternals.com/"
   
    Set oIE = Nothing

If you prefer to use early binding, the TypeLib to Reference in VB is called "Microsoft Internet Controls".
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