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250 points still remain for an improvement over the ctrl-TAB ctrl-C sendkeys method to focus the address bar in explorer and copy the address to the clipboard as the best (only) means of grabbing this info programatically.
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Erick37 earned 25 total points
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Hi Informative,

Not sure I understand the question 100%, but if you need to grab the URL of the Internet Explorer that has focus then here is how to do it:

Option Explicit

Private Declare Function GetForegroundWindow Lib "user32" () As Long

Private Sub Timer1_Timer()
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'From the Project->References menu, add a reference to "Microsoft Internet Controls"
'The following code gets the current URL of the IE with focus.
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'See also: "How To Connect to a Running Instance of Internet Explorer"
'http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?sd=msdn&scid=kb%3Ben-us%3B176792
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    Dim shWnds As New ShellWindows
    Dim ie As InternetExplorer
    Dim lhWnd As Long
    Dim sURL As String
   
    sURL = ""
   
    'Loop all the instances of IE and see if one has focus
    For Each ie In shWnds
        'Get the handle of the window with focus
        lhWnd = GetForegroundWindow()
        'See if any IE windows have the focus
        If (ie.hWnd = lhWnd) Then
            sURL = ie.LocationURL
        End If
    Next
   
    Debug.Print sURL
   
End Sub
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This line gives me a user defined type not defined.  
Dim shWnds As New ShellWindows

Does it perhaps require a particular library in project references?
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by:Erick37
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Yes,

From the Project->References menu, add a reference to "Microsoft Internet Controls"
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Yes that works!  Excellent work.
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Please go here and post a comment so I can award you those points too Eric37

http://experts-exchange.com/Web/Web_Languages/Q_21172808.html
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