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Save PDF Open in Internet Explorer using VB

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I need to save a PDF document that opens in a web browser.  Because of the security on the site, I have to log into the site through the code and then click on the link and have it open in a web browser.  I need to have it as though I were clicking on the save button and entering a file location, but without any user interaction.

I have all of it working, but I can't figure out how to save the PDF without any user interaction.  SendKeys is not an option in this case.

Below is an example that doesn't require the username and password, but can be used for testing.

http://image.email-freedommortgage.com/lib/fefa1577716001/m/2/WR+Wholesale+03-21-12+pc.pdf

Attached is the beginning of the code that logs into the site and navigates to the document I need to save.  Unfortunately, this will just be an example as I can't provide the login information.

Thanks!!

Set ie = CreateObject("internetexplorer.application")
ie.Visible = FALSE
ie.navigate urlMain
    While ie.Busy
        DoEvents
    Wend
    While ie.readyState <> 4
        DoEvents
    Wend
ie.Document.all("userID").Value = un
ie.Document.all("password").Value = pw
ie.Document.Forms("LoginForm").submit
    While ie.Busy
        DoEvents
    Wend
    While ie.readyState <> 4
        DoEvents
    Wend
urlXls = "https://www.freedomwholesale.com/wps/PA_WWolesaleDocuments/DocumentDownloadRequestor?sessionKey=PC_5_QBKMPI42006K5027M6UPHC20O4n17422_documentsList&channel=null&index=0"
ie.navigate urlxls

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by:vb_elmar
ID: 37751039
Microsoft writes on its website...
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/244757/EN-US/
when downloading a file with WebBrowser control (or Internet Explorer) there's absolutely no way to suppress the prompt asking for saving (or opening) the file.

So additionally to the method ...
CreateObject("internetexplorer.application")
... we have to use the "URLDownloadToFile" method :

Private Declare Function URLDownloadToFile Lib "urlmon" Alias _
"URLDownloadToFileA" (ByVal pCaller As Long, ByVal szURL As String, ByVal _
szFileName As String, ByVal dwReserved As Long, ByVal lpfnCB As Long) As Long

Private Sub Command2_Click()
myURL = "http://image.email-freedommortgage.com/lib/fefa1577716001/m/2/WR+Wholesale+03-21-12+pc.pdf"
returnValue = URLDownloadToFile(0, myURL, "C:\1.pdf", 0, 0)
MsgBox returnValue = False 'if returnValue = False then SUCCESS!
End Sub
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by:rsburge
ID: 37751280
Thank you.

I do use a function similar to this to download many of my files, but it doesn't work with this file because of the security on the site.  I will try this method and see if it works.

Thanks!
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by:rsburge
ID: 37754802
Hi - unfortunately, this isn't working with the security on this site.  The resulting file throws an error when opening it stating I need to go to the site and download or save it from there.

Do I have any other options for saving this PDF file besides using send keys?

Can I force this to open in Acrobat rather than in the browser?

Thanks!
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vb_elmar earned 500 total points
ID: 37755447
If you can uncheck the checkbox...
"always ask before opening this type of file"
 (see attached image)
...the "File Download" Dialog would not pop up.

Then you could use the command...
ie.ExecWB 4, 2   'SAVE  FILE  AS  
or
ie.ExecWB 6, 2   'PRINT  the  File              

...to SAVE or PRINT the file.

THE CONSTANTS ARE :
============================
Const OLECMDID_PRINT = 6
Const OLECMDEXECOPT_DONTPROMPTUSER = 2
Const OLECMDID_SAVEAS = 4
dialog1.jpg
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by:rsburge
ID: 37755492
Thank you!  I appreciate your help!
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