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Read Open Web Page in Default Browser by Eddie @ 8/21/2012
We currently use CreateObject("InternetExplorer.Application") to open IE from Access and pass a URL in code.

Is it possible to not limit the user to IE but rather use their default browser? Lots of folks now are using other browsers.

Reply from Richard Rost:

Use the ShellExecute function. Just declare this function in a global module (or even at the top of your form if you only plan to use it in one place):

Private Declare Function ShellExecute _
  Lib "shell32.dll" Alias "ShellExecuteA" _
  (ByVal hWnd As Long, ByVal Operation As String, _
  ByVal Filename As String, Optional ByVal Parameters As String, _
  Optional ByVal Directory As String, _
  Optional ByVal WindowStyle As Long = vbMinimizedFocus) As Long

Now you can call it from anywhere to launch a web page in the user's default browser:

Dim L As Long
L = ShellExecute(0, "Open", "")

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Read Reading web page text by Richard Rost @ 10/4/2009
You're right. That site is using frame to display their data, which makes reading it a whole lot harder. I would first see if they have a MOBILE version available. If not, you'll have to determine the exact page the FRAME is loading. In Firefox, you can right-click on it and select View Frame Info.
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Read Reading web page text by Chris Bezant @ 10/2/2009
Hello Richard
Following your excellent seminar on reading web page data I have embarked on a project to automate a process where I gather data from several web sites.
What I am struggling with is reading Betfair screens. I suspect the data is in frames but that’s just a guess. If you go to and choose a race under horse racing the names of the horses appear on screen but I cannot figure out how to pick them up. I have tried saving every object’s outerHTML to a file as the page loads but cannot see horse names anywhere.
Can you point me in the right direction, please?
Chris Bezant
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