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I want to open a new instance of internet explorer that navigates to a the page I tell it to, and I want to specify the referer... what is the exact code I would need to do this?
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Question by:X2Cube
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by:prasitlee
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Hi X2Cube,
    What is referer ? Please explain :D
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by:prasitlee
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Hi X2Cube,
   I am not sure if I am right or not. Try the following code and let me know your comment.


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

ShellExecute Me.hwnd, "open", "http://www.google.com", vbNullString, "", 0

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by:prasitlee
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Hi X2Cube,
    You have to insert "Private" in front of "Declare" statement as following
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

ShellExecute Me.hwnd, "open", "http://www.google.com", vbNullString, "", 0

    Any problem, please let me know.
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by:X2Cube
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prasitlee I don't think your code specified the referer.

The referer is the website you are coming from, say you go to http://www.google.com and you got there from http://www.yahoo.com. It will tell http://www.google.com that you came from http://www.yahoo.com, this is what I want to specify.

I want to open a window that tells google that I came from yahoo when I really didn't.
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by:BrianGEFF719
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X2Cube, the only way to do this is by using the Winsock Control and sending the headers you want yourself.


-Brian
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by:BrianGEFF719
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Then you can make it whatever you want :)

-Brian
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by:X2Cube
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BrianGEFF719 I have seen it done with internet explorer

maybe if I open the page I want the refer to come from but then do a write in on it that redirects to the other page... that might work

I know how to do it in winsock perfectly, I've done it many times before... but now I need to use internet explorer for it
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by:David Lee
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Well, here's one way of doing it.  Create a form and drop a WebBrowser control and Command Button on it.  Then insert this code.

Private Sub Command1_Click()
    Dim strHeader As String
    'You can make the URL below anything you want it to be.
    strHeader = "Referer: www.mysite.com"
    'The stie I'm navigating to will show the header.  That way you can see that the proper Referer value was passed.
    WebBrowser1.Navigate2 "http://moneycentral.msn.com/inc/admin/general/httphead.asp", , , , strHeader
End Sub
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by:unknown_routine
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Hmm,

This seems to be a tricky question.

Tell me if I'm right and this is your question:

As an Example:

1: you go to google.com

2:then you  navigate to yahoo.com

3: Now you want when user presses balk button on the browser , it does not go back to
google.com but instead go to a site that you specify(ex:altavista.com) ?






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by:unknown_routine
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srry for typo
balk button =back button on browser
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by:unknown_routine
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maybe if I open the page I want the refer to come from but then do a write in on it that redirects to the other page
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Yes, history list is not writable, but only readable..
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by:AzraSound
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And exactly why do you need to specify the referrer?  Hopefully not for some type of scamming...
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by:X2Cube
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I know it can be done with the webbrowser control, but I want it to be done with an internet explorer window :(

I don't want the back button thing, I just want it to specify the referer so PHP scripts think I came from a page that I really didn't. And I want an Internet Explorer window to open, going to that page.

I do not want:

Winsock
INET
Webbrowser Control
Anything that isn't Internet Explorer popping up
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shaunpud earned 250 total points
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tested and working perfect
WebBrowser1.Navigate "http://www.domain.com/", , , , "Referer: www.domain.com" & vbCrLf
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by:X2Cube
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shaunpud

that doesn't open up an internet explorer window, it navigates a webbrowser object...

I do not want the webbrowser object in a form to navigate to the page.... I want a new internet explorer window to open up and navigate to the page.
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by:X2Cube
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I found how to do it by myself, shaunpud's answer helped a bit.

After looking all the answers over I see that BlueDevilFan had a slightly different answer, but it would've helped also if I had seen it differently.
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by:AzraSound
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>>that doesn't open up an internet explorer window, it navigates a webbrowser object...

Hopefully you've learned that coding either a webbrower or an IE instance are essentially identical.  Learn to walk before you run...
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by:unknown_routine
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I agree with  AzraSound. I guess you have said no Webbrowser !!!
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