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How can I programmatically start up IE and navigate to a specific URL using C#?
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Question by:cvfn
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by:praneetha
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r u talking about windows or web application?
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by:cvfn
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Windows

Thanks,
Melody
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by:praneetha
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System.Diagnostics.Process.Start("IExplore.exe", "www.google.com");
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by:cvfn
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Thanks you for the quick reply. Can I access IE as a com object after starting it this way?

Melody
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by:praneetha
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http://www.codeproject.com/csharp/runninginstanceie.asp

see if that helps...i am not much of a windows person

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by:CrazyIvan007
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Start InternetExplorer (as said from praneetha), then use AxSHDocVw and MSHTML to access the WebBrowser

SHDocVw.InternetExplorer browser = null;
string filnam;
 
SHDocVw.ShellWindows shellWindows =      new SHDocVw.ShellWindowsClass();
   
foreach (SHDocVw.InternetExplorer ie in shellWindows)
{
      filnam = Path.GetFileNameWithoutExtension(ie.FullName).ToLower();
 
      if (filnam.Equals("iexplore"))
      {
                     browser = ie;
                               object o = null;
                               browser.Navigate("http://www.yourpage.com/", ref o, ref o, ref o, ref o);
                               break;
      }
}

For this you have to set References to AxSHDocVw, SHDocVw and MSHTML. To get more informations about how to access the browser component look at

http://www.codeproject.com/csharp/webbrowser.asp
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zstafa earned 250 total points
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1. Open a new windows app
2. drag a button on to the form
3. Double click on it
4. Paste this into it.

                        object o = null;

                        SHDocVw.InternetExplorer ie = new
                              SHDocVw.InternetExplorerClass();

                        IWebBrowserApp wb = (IWebBrowserApp) ie;
                        wb.Visible = true;

                        wb.Navigate("www.google.com", ref o, ref o, ref o, ref o);


5. Right click on references and click add the SHDocVw.dll reference in windows/system32
6.make sure to add "Using SHDocvw;"    at the top

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by:zstafa
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Sorry what do you want to do with the IE window after you access it?
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