Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Opening an HTML Page in a Macro.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 6, 2016)
Excel is a "Web aware" program, meaning that it knows how to handle hyperlinks. You can add a hyperlink in a document, click on that link, and Excel opens your Web browser and displays the contents of that link in the browser. (You can also create a hyperlink to other Office documents, including Excel workbooks.) You can even create hyperlinks to different objects on your worksheet, such as a command button in a form.
What if you want to start the browser and open an HTML file from within a VBA macro, however? There are a couple of ways that you can do this. The first is to simply open a new Internet Explorer object within your code. A macro to do this would appear as follows:
Sub DoBrowse1() Dim ie As Object Set ie = CreateObject("Internetexplorer.Application") ie.Visible = True ie.Navigate "c:\temp\MyHTMLfile.htm" End Sub
This macro will open the file c:\temp\MyHTMLfile.htm in a new Internet Explorer window. If you want to instead open a Web page from over the Internet, you can do so simply by changing where you want to navigate. (Replace the file path with a URL.)
Another way to accomplish the same task is to rely on Excel to figure out what your default browser is and open the HTML resource. The following macro does the trick:
Sub DoBrowse2() ActiveWorkbook.FollowHyperlink _ Address:="c:\temp\MyHTMLfile.htm", _ NewWindow:=True End Sub
Again, the browser opens a new window and displays the specified file. You can change the Address parameter to any URL that you desire.
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