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VBA accessing Internet Explorer window properties

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I have an html page with a link directly to a PowerPoint slide show file, myfile.pps.  Clicking on the link causes a child window to open, and the slide show to open directly in the the new child IE browser window.

Once started, the presenation has a button that launches a VBA macro in the ppt.  

The parent window has information in html forms that the VBA macro needs to get.  In javascript, this is trivial.  window.parent.formname.element.value

But how do I refer to the IE window from VBA?

Thanks.
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aelatik earned 500 total points
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I think you need to loop through all open IE sessions to get your textbox value. This code loops through all open IE session and checks if the site is the site you wish to fetch your value from.
After that it returns the value of a textbox. There is also a "parent" method but i could't test that one. You could try it out. It could work without looping trhough all IE sessions.
Code is made for google, you need to adapt the field and sitenames to meet your requirements.

    Dim X, IE
    Set X = CreateObject("shell.application")
    Set IE = CreateObject("internetexplorer.application")
    For Each IE In X.windows
        If InStr(1, IE.Document.Title, "google", vbTextCompare) Then ' check if the title of the site contains the text you need, for example 'Google' to make sure its google
            MsgBox IE.Document.gs.q.Value ' Object.Document.Formname.Fieldname.Value
            'There is alo a possibility to use, IE.parent.document.gs.q.value
            ' But i couldn't test that one, you can test it in your powerpoint file
        End If
    Next
    Set IE = Nothing
    Set X = Nothing

Good luck,
Ayhan Elatik
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Ayhan,

Genius.  That works perfectly.  The points are yours hands down.

Thanks a million (or 500 at least, the most the system will let me award)

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Glad it worked for you...:-)
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