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open and close url (window) in vb net

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Hi. Pretty new to VB Net, trying very hard, so please forgive my probably lightweight question.

In a VBNET program I have to open a URL. It's for executing a command (I am sending a SMS by opening the URL), so I would prefer it to be totally invisible.
The latter is probably impossible, but the alternative would be to minimize the window and to close the URL directly after opening it.

Meanwhile i learned that a url can be opened by :

Dim sURL As String = "http://gateway.silverstreet.nl/send.php?adsasdasda etc "
Dim Page As Syst System.Diagnostics.Process.Start(sURL)
System.Diagnostics.Process.Start(sURL)

But this would make the page to be full sized and remain open.

Could you guys help me out?
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You could try something like:

        Dim objWeb As Object
        objWeb = CreateObject("InternetExplorer.Application")
        objWeb.Navigate("http://gateway.silverstreet.nl/send.php?adsasdasda")
        Do While objWeb.Busy Or objWeb.readyState <> 4
            Application.DoEvents()
        Loop
        objWeb.Quit()
        objWeb = Nothing

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Found it!!
Dim startInfo As New ProcessStartInfo("IExplore.exe")
        startInfo.CreateNoWindow = True
        startInfo.WindowStyle = 1 'hidden
        startInfo.Arguments = "http://gateway.silverstreet.nl/s..."
        Process.Start(startInfo)

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