VBscript to click a link

Posted on 2005-03-15
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Last Modified: 2012-08-13
I am in a bit of a quandry.
I am familiar with different types of VBscript that can execute links like document.links(n).click etc.
What I am looking for is a chunk of vbscript that can capture or execute links by their visible text (inner.text?)
so that the VBscript executes a "Go" or "View Details" link, no matter what the href behind it is or what the order is (as the pages are built dynamically).


Question by:tbrackett
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Expert Comment

ID: 13550925
Using VB6 to open IE and clicking an <A> tag knowing the inner text:

To do this you need to add references to
"Microsoft Internet Controls"
"Microsoft HTML Object Library"

Then, as in this example, search for the right <A> tag to click:

Dim ie As InternetExplorer
Dim oHTML As HTMLDocument
Dim oElement As IHTMLElement

Set ie = New InternetExplorer

ie.Visible = True
ie.Navigate "http://www.techsense.com/html/frames/scripts2.html"

Do While ie.ReadyState <> READYSTATE_COMPLETE

Set oHTML = ie.Document

'loop through the <a> tags for a specific one
For Each oElement In oHTML.getElementsByTagName("a")
    If oElement.innerText = "Example 1" Then '<< change the text to suit your needs
        oElement.Click 'click it!
        Exit For
    End If
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Expert Comment

ID: 13550990
This is better:

For i = 0 To ie.Document.links.Length - 1
    If ie.Document.links(i).innerText = "Example 1" Then
    End If


Author Comment

ID: 13552231
Great answers thank you!
Erick37 is definitely the simpler solution, but my followup to this is what would be the command for capturing that innerText?
Better stated, what would "get"

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Accepted Solution

Erick37 earned 500 total points
ID: 13554328
MsgBox ie.Document.links(N).innerText


Dim strText

strText = ie.Document.links(N).innerText

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