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I am trying to create a login page for Hotmail but am getting "Run-time error 438 Object doesn't support this property or method". On the "IE.document.All.Item("XXX").Value" line's.
I have included Microsoft Internet Controls" in the References(also tried in components). And have tried with and without the HTML object Library.
When I look at MSDN http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/workshop/browser/webbrowser/reference/objects/InternetExplorer.asp
It says it is read only??? Yet I have found several mentions to doing it this way on this and other sites????
This should be an easy question for someone but I am sure lost.
What am I missing? Thanks
Tom Jaeger

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Option Explicit

Public WithEvents IE As InternetExplorer
Public WithEvents doc As HTMLDocument

Private Sub Form_Load()
Set IE = CreateObject("InternetExplorer.Application")
     IE.Navigate "www.hotmail.com"
     IE.Visible = True

End Sub


Private Sub IE_DocumentComplete(ByVal pDisp As Object, URL As Variant)
If (pDisp Is IE) Then
    'Url could change so take care of it ;)
    If InStr(1, URL, "login.passport.net/uilogin.srf?id=2", vbTextCompare) Then
            IE.document.All.Item("login").Value = "email"  'replace with your id
           
            IE.document.All.Item("passwd").Value = "pass"  'replace with your password
           
            IE.document.All.Item("submit1").Click
     End If
End If
End Sub
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by:zzzzzooc
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The below uses no references or components. You can access the Form and it's elements directly as below. readystate 4 is "Complete".

Private Sub Form_Load()
    Dim oIE As Object, sURL As String
    sURL = "http://login.passport.net/uilogin.srf?id=2"
    Set oIE = CreateObject("InternetExplorer.Application")
    oIE.Visible = True
    Call oIE.Navigate("www.hotmail.com")
    Do Until oIE.LocationURL = sURL And oIE.readystate = 4
        DoEvents
    Loop
    oIE.document.Form1.login.Value = "email@email.com"  'replace with your id
    oIE.document.Form1.passwd.Value = "pass"  'replace with your password
    oIE.document.Form1.submit1.Click
End Sub
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a minor change to you code makes it work.

Public WithEvents IE As InternetExplorer
Public WithEvents doc As HTMLDocument

Private Sub Form_Load()
Set IE = CreateObject("InternetExplorer.Application")
     IE.Navigate "www.hotmail.com"
     IE.Visible = True

End Sub


Private Sub IE_DocumentComplete(ByVal pDisp As Object, URL As Variant)
If (pDisp Is IE) Then
    If InStr(1, URL, "login.passport.net/uilogin.srf?id=2", vbTextCompare) Then
            IE.document.Form1.login.Value = "email"  'replace with your id
           
            IE.document.Form1.passwd.Value = "pass"  'replace with your password
           
            IE.document.Form1.submit1.Click
     End If
End If
End Sub
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by:aelatik
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Instead of IE.document.All.Item("login").Value

you use IE.document.Form1.login.value

This applies to other objects to..
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by:thomasjaeger
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Thanks Aelatik,
I am going to accept your answer... but I am stumped as to why there were refrences to the
IE.document.All.Item("login").Value = "email"  
all over the net when the correct way is
IE.document.Form1.login.Value = "email"


any thoughts?  Normally I wouldn't care but I am learning so I like to know what I did wrong and why.
Thanks
Tom J
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by:aelatik
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I really can't explain it. Sometimes it does work with IE.document.All.Item("login").Value = "email"
It depends on the website i guess. Try it on Google for example. Your method should work fine there...

Option Explicit

Public WithEvents IE As InternetExplorer
Public WithEvents doc As HTMLDocument

Private Sub Form_Load()
Set IE = CreateObject("InternetExplorer.Application")
     IE.navigate "www.google.com"
     IE.Visible = True
End Sub

Private Sub IE_DocumentComplete(ByVal pDisp As Object, URL As Variant)
    If (pDisp Is IE) Then
        IE.document.All.Item("q").Value = "searchtext"
    End If
End Sub
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by:amit1978
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looking for same
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by:zzzzzooc
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>>  but I am stumped as to why there were refrences to the (etc etc)

There are multiple input-elements on the hotmail sign-in page with the names of "login" and "passwd" so you can't get one of the objects without specifying the form. You could have used to Forms collection within the document-element and then accessed the input-elements from that. The other method just accesses the elements directly.

Btw, my first comment showed the correct method to use. aelatik just double-posted it using your own example.
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thomasjaeger,

The All array encompasses every element that has an id attribute, while the forms array is for 'in form' tags only, so if your form tag, such as <input type=...>, has an id then you can retrieve a reference to it via the all array.
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