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Can I scrape data from a web confirmation page or email confirmation to paste into Excel

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I buy merchandise from the vendor on a regular basis. I keep track of the transactions in an Excel worksheet but unfortunately this vendor does not give the ability to download the transactions into a spreadsheet. I therefore do endless cutting and pasting to get the data I want, i.e. the name of the item, order number, price, etc. The confirmation page is exactly the same every time and I do get a confirm email with each transaction which is exactly the same. Can I either create a macro in Excel or a rule in Outlook (or both) which will extract the data I need and paste it into the Excel sheet for me? Also I use the sheet all day for various other things; would either of these require me to close the sheet to preform the operation?
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by:Dave Brett
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Yes
Can you pls post an example
Cheers
Dave
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of the web confirmation or the Outlook email?
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There is some web scraping functionality built into Excel 2003 and 2007.  There is a video demonstrating it in 2007 here: http://wm.microsoft.com/ms/gsd/mikegannotti/webscrape.wmv

Does that help at all?  If not, please could you provide a screenshot of what the vendor's confirmation page looks like and we can then consider the best approach?
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What I would recommend is
(1) Having an Outlook rule to move all these emails to a specific folder
(2) Running the code from Excel to parse the required data from all emails in the Outlook folder
We will need to see a sample of the message, and the required Excel output to do this
Cheers
Dave
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