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Posted on 2015-02-20
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Hi,

I am new to working with Internet Explorer inside of Excel. I have a VBA code that successfully logs into Morningstar.com's website and then goes to a specific URL that displays Income Statement data for a specific stock. I now need to have the VBA code to click on the "Export" button on this URL. After looking through the source code for this page, I cannot find the name or any mention of the export button.

The URL I am interested in is:
http://financials.morningstar.com/income-statement/is.html?t=AAP®ion=usa&culture=en-US

The export button is on the top of the data table on the far right hand side. I would use similar code that I have for clicking on the "Login" button on the login screen. It looks like:

 Set inputCollection = appIE.document.getElementsByTagName("input")
   
    ' click the export button
    For Each inputElement In inputCollection
      If inputElement.getAttribute("name") = "export_button" Then   'don't know what the name is for the export button
        inputElement.Click
        Exit For
      End If
    Next inputElement

I would appreciate any help. Thanks!
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Question by:ttbengineer
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by:omgang
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I used Chrome Developer tools to locate the Export button.  See attached image.
OM Gang

Export button in source code
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by:ttbengineer
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Thanks for the info, OM Gang!

So if I use the code I listed, what would be the element by tag name? I assumed it would be "input", so I would use something like the following to loop through the elements and find the export button:

Set inputCollection = appIE.document.getElementsByTagName("input")
     
     ' click the export button
     For Each inputElement In inputCollection
       If inputElement.getAttribute("name") = "exportButton" Then  
         inputElement.Click
         Exit For
       End If
     Next inputElement

I tried this but it still doesn't click on the export button. Any ideas on what I'm doing wrong here?
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by:Qlemo
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You don't need to go thru all the stuff, just call
appIE.document.getelementsbyname('sfcontent').Item(0).getElementsByClassName('rf_export').Item(0).click()

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Note that you need to provide the innermost class, as only that one has an action.
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by:ttbengineer
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Qlemo,

I tried adding this and I am getting a compile error. The workbook is attached.

Thanks
Morningstar-Download.xlsm
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Qlemo earned 250 total points
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Hmm, I tried with PowerShell, and the exposed interface is different ...
You can use this instead:
appIE.document.getElementsByClassname("rf_export").Item(0).Click

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by:ttbengineer
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Qlemo, that worked!

Now how can I call the "Open" button on the open or save message that pops up?
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by:Qlemo
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You can't, and that is intentional. In IE you do not get access to the download overlay bar. Otherwise a script could download a file without you knowing it.
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Okay. Thank you guys for the help!
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