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Open Special Browser Window with VBScript from Desktop Shortcut

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I know nothing about VBScript, so please show me in detail.  

For an online application, I'm trying to use the VBScript found in http:Q_23223204.html to open a special browser window (without scroll bars, address bar, menu bar, etc.) of Internet Explorer -- and I'm trying to run the VBscript from a desktop shortcut icon.

I only got as far as trying to test the script from the Win Run command using   Run:   wscript c:\scripts\openIE.vbs .
In doing so, I found the script itself has an "unspecified error."

Besides fixing that error, I also need to know how to run the script from a desktop shortcut icon.
Option Explicit
Dim oIE
Dim cURL
Const cHost = "http://www.example.com"
Const cPath = "/index.html"
Const cParms = "?wwidth=780&wheight=580"
 
cURL = cHost & cPath & cParms
Set oIE = CreateObject("internetexplorer.application")
oIE.Height = 241
oIE.Width = 400
oIE.Top = 222
oIE.Left = 250
oIE.MenuBar = False
oIE.ToolBar = False
oIE.StatusBar= True
oIE.Resizable = False
oIE.AddressBar= False
oIE.Navigate2 cURL
oIE.Document.Body.Scroll = "no"
oIE.Visible = True

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Question by:FrankTech
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drbayer earned 200 total points
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I don't know how to suppress the scroll bar, but I can fix the error you're getting.  Add the following code immediately after the Navigate command - it will force the script to wait until IE can accept more commands before continuing.

Also - to launch this from a desktop shortcut, create a shortcut pointing to the following:
wscript c:\path\to\script\myscript.vbs

If there are spaces in the path name, you may need to quote the path.
While Not oIE.ReadyState = 4
  Wscript.Sleep 100
Wend

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by:FrankTech
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drbayer,
   That's great!  But the IE window is not coming into focus. The desktop remains in view, while the IE window is just minimal (minimized) in the taskbar. How can the script be modified to make the IE window open maximized in focus?
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by:Dave Brett
Dave Brett earned 200 total points
ID: 22705449
you can use the availheight propert, see below

This code creates a shortcut called myvbs on your desktop if it doesn't already exist. It points to the script being saved as "c:\myvbs.vbs" so you will need to adapt for you use

Cheers

Dave
Dim oIE, oShellLink, StrMyDesktop
 
Dim cURL, WshShell, Fso
Const cHost = "http://www.example.com"
 
cURL = cHost
Set oIE = CreateObject("internetexplorer.application")
With oIE
    .MenuBar = False
    .Toolbar = False
    .StatusBar = True
    .AddressBar = False
    .Navigate cURL
    While Not oIE.ReadyState = 4
        Wscript.Sleep 100
    Wend
    .document.Body.Scroll = "no"
    .Width = .document.parentwindow.screen.availWidth
    .Height = .document.parentwindow.screen.availHeight
    .Visible = True
End With
 
Set WshShell = Wscript.CreateObject("Wscript.Shell")
StrMyDesktop = WshShell.SpecialFolders("Desktop")
Set Fso = CreateObject("scripting.filesystemobject")
If Fso.fileexists(StrMyDesktop & "\" & "myvbs.lnk") = False Then
    Set oShellLink = WshShell.CreateShortcut(StrMyDesktop & "\myvbs.lnk")
    oShellLink.TargetPath = "C:\myvbs.vbs"
    oShellLink.IconLocation = "notepad.exe, 0"
    oShellLink.Description = "Shortcut to this script"
    oShellLink.Save
    Set oShellLink = Nothing
End If
Set Fso = Nothing
Set WshShell = Nothing

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by:drbayer
drbayer earned 200 total points
ID: 22705458
To bring the IE window to the front - add the following to the end of the script:
Dim oDoc, oShell
Set oDoc = oIE.Document
Set oShell = CreateObject("Wscript.Shell")
oShell.AppActivate oDoc.Title

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by:FrankTech
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drbayer,
   Thanks!   I changed   oIE.Document  to ie.Document  in the second line because it threw an error about the oIE.
   With that change, it does open in focus sometimes, but not always.  For example:

Scenario 1
   a) if some other window or other application has focus
   b) then I go to the desktop and click the shortcut,
   c) it only "opens" minimized (flashing in the taskbar)

However, if I do this:
  Scenario 2
    a) open the page from the desktop shortcut
    b) close the page
    c) open it from the shortcut again
    d) then it opens in view with the focus

How can we make it open up, visibly and in focus, all the time even in Scenario 1 above?
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by:FrankTech
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brettdj,
   Thanks for the code to fill the screen.  However, it does not make the window receive focus.  It opens minimized in the taskbar.  
    drbayer gave me some code to activate the window (see above); maybe you could comment on how to incorporate that idea into your script and how to fix the issue that I mentioned above (it receives focus only sometimes with that method).
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by:Dave Brett
Dave Brett earned 200 total points
ID: 22705864
hmmm .. my machine is setting focus.

I did find this on the focus issue, worth looking at
http://www.tek-tips.com/viewthread.cfm?qid=950036&page=6

You may need to reset the left and top properties as well, if so see below

Cheers

Dave

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'in place of 
document.Body.Scroll = "no"
    .Width = .document.parentwindow.screen.availWidth
    .Height = .document.parentwindow.screen.availHeight
    .Visible = True
 
'try
document.Body.Scroll = "no"
    .Left=0
    .Top=0
    .Width = .document.parentwindow.screen.availWidth
    .Height = .document.parentwindow.screen.availHeight
    .Visible = True

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by:FrankTech
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brettdj,
   Thanks for the left and top settings.  
   With the focus issue, what's happening is: clicking the shortcut pops up the browser with focus IF that window is the most-recently viewed (but then closed) window.
   But if some other application or window was viewed more recently, then clicking the shortcut does not pop up the browser with focus; it only flashes in the taskbar.
    I read the article you linked, and apparently it's an XP problem and the suggested fix would not actually solve it. I guess there is no solution.
   But I'll hold the question open for a while in case someone else might have some ideas.
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by:FrankTech
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I'm going to increase and split the points between the two experts here, since they both answered my original question (although the follow-up about focusing the new window, may not have any possible solution).  Thanks, drbayer and brettdj.
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