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Hello Experts, we are trying to automate connecting to a website, logging in and performing certain  tasks using VBA. All is working well till we get to a particular submit button that when clicked on manually brings up a popup webpage.
The code below shows the IE source code and snippets of what we are doing in VBA. Any assistance here would be greatly appreciated.
'Here is what part of the IE source code of the submit button looks like:

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<input type="submit" name="_ctl7:_ctl4:btnMemberLookup" value="Select Players For Ballot" onclick="return btnMemberLookup_onclick();if (typeof(Page_ClientValidate) == 'function') Page_ClientValidate(); " language="javascript" id="_ctl7__ctl4_btnMemberLookup" style="width:170px;" />

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'Here is how we are connecting to the URL:

strURL = "the location of the webpage we are trying to automate"

' Create an object of type InternetExplorer

    Set objIE = CreateObject("InternetExplorer.Application")



    ' Use the Navigate method to make our IE object visit a web page (strURL=Your web page)

    objIE.navigate strURL



    ' Make the InternetExplorer window visible    objIE.Visible = True



'We are not having any problems doing other things on the form such as clicking on the following button:

'Click on View/Add Ballot

 objIE.Document.all("_ctl7:_ctl4:btnViewBallot:imgbtn").Click

    While objIE.ReadyState <> 4 Or objIE.Busy = True

        DoEvents

    Wend

'~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

'However when we try to use VBA o the Member Lookup button it fails. We tried .submit and it doesn't work either.

'~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

objIE.Document.all("ctl7:_ctl4:btnMemberLookup").Click

    While objIE.ReadyState <> 4 Or objIE.Busy = True

        DoEvents

    Wend

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Hello boag2000:

Thanks for you reply....
I've looked at your links and still cannot find a solutions.

Here is what I have tried and still no luck:
objIE.Document.all("ctl7:_ctl4:btnMemberLookup").Click
objIE.Document.all("_ctl7__ctl4_btnMemberLookup").Submit
objIE.Document.Form("_ctl7__ctl4_btnMemberLookup").Click
objIE.Document.Form("ctl7:_ctl4:btnMemberLookup").Submit

I'm getting the error: object doesn't support this property or method (438)

Any other suggestions?
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That error, most likely, has to do with code syntax.

You get this error on all of the examples you posted?
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Yes I do as a matter of fact...and I've looked at the syntax 100 times at least and am not spotting anything obvious....hmmmm
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Remember that some of those links presume that you are using a webbrowser control...
Are you?
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Well as it turns out you were right! It was a syntax problem...I guess I'm going blind.

The correct syntax to open up the popup window is indeed:
objIE.Document.all("_ctl7:_ctl4:btnMemberLookup").Click
(I was missing an underscore)

Thanks for the help!
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