Open URL in existing IE Window


To find the existing instance of Internet Explorer, we need to use the FindWindowEx and EnumChildWindows Windows API calls.

FindWindowEx will find a window with a given classname - we then use the EnumChildWindows routine to search that application for the EditControl (read: address text box) in Internet explorer. Once the textbox has been found, a simple SendMessage call can be made with the WM_SETTEXT parameter to set the address.

Once the text has been set in IE's address textbox, we can simply do another SendMessage call, this time with WM_KEYDOWN and passing the 'return' key constant.

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  • Modify existing code

    Posted by Legacy on 05/22/2003 12:00am

    Originally posted by: komal

    I need that a new instance of explorer should be created, if existing instance doesnt exist. How do i modify this code. Pls tell me.

  • Detect that page is fully loaded

    Posted by Legacy on 12/11/2002 12:00am

    Originally posted by: Jake Miles

    How can you detect in the VB program that the page is fully loaded in the IE window?


    Posted by Legacy on 11/19/2002 12:00am

    Originally posted by: Usman Zaheer

    Can we verify that if a given URL is sub-domain or not just like we enter;
 (Its a domain) (Its a sub-domain)


  • get the url from internet explorer

    Posted by Legacy on 11/19/2001 12:00am

    Originally posted by: Cyrano

    Instead of sending a url to a internet explorer window, I would like to get the url from a internet explorer window.

    • thats it

      Posted by c-o-m-m-a-n-d-e-r on 09/27/2004 08:35am

      Here we go:
      //buff ist the handel to IE Windows
      char buffer[256];
      HWND child;
      HWND ie; 
      if(ie = ::FindWindow("IEFrame",buff))
      	if(child = ::FindWindowEx(ie,0,"WorkerW",0))
      		if(child = ::FindWindowEx(child,0,"ReBarWindow32",0))
      			if(child = ::FindWindowEx(child,0,"ComboBoxEx32",0))
      						CString test = buffer;				AfxMessageBox(test);

  • Netscape

    Posted by Legacy on 06/06/2001 12:00am

    Originally posted by: Navdeep G

    How can i fill data in text boxes of a Netscape Window.???

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