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How to use Mozilla instead of IE as referenced and controlled browser in VB6 (Dim WithEvents o_IE As InternetExplorer)

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Last Modified: 2013-12-08
Hello and good morning !

My VB6 project is currently controlling IE6. (It's a kind of form filler, which works fine.)
Now I have to role it out to PCs with different versions of IE installed and had to find out: That never gone work. Especially as IE8 will come soon.

As many PCs update IE automatically I can't have control which version of IE is installed :-( .

So I was wondering: Why not go for Mozilla ?

But unfortunately I have not information so far how to have it as a controlled browser (as reference).
What do I have to do?

Thank you for your help.

Susan


This is what I need to replace:
Option Explicit
Dim WithEvents o_IE As InternetExplorer
 
Private Sub Form_Load()
...
    Set o_IE(0) = New InternetExplorer
    o_IE(0).Navigate m_URL
    o_IE(0).Visible = True
...
End Sub
 
Private Sub Form_Unload(Cancel As Integer)
    On Error Resume Next
    o_IE.Quit
    On Error GoTo 0
End Sub
 
Private Sub o_IE_StatusTextChange(ByVal l_Text As String)
    Debug.Print "o_IE_StatusTextChange", l_Text
...
End Sub
 
Private Sub o_IE_TitleChange(ByVal Text As String)
...
End Sub
 
Sub SetTitle(l_Text)
    o_IE(0).Document.Title = l_Text
    o_IE(0).StatusText = l_Text
End Sub

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Firefox doesn't have such ActiveX... You cannot embed Firefox in VB6 application.
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Thank you, CSecurity, I know that web site and have tried Mozilla/FireFox Active X Control.

It's more for an embedded control, no?
I like to have an external browser instance (with all browser's native buttons, history, etc).

project > reference (not project > component) I need to configure for that.

Do you have any an idea how to control an external Mozilla Browser ?

Firefox doesn't have such feature, just you can use one of the following methods:

1) DLL Injection
2) Develop a Firefox Plugin and connect firefox to your application using your plugin
3) Do something and read something from Firefox process using SendMessage etc.

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