VBA and Internet Explorer



Hi guys

I have a simple bit of code which opens up Internet Explorer, navigates to a
web page, selects a value from a drop down menu (options are either "Yes" or
"No") and submits the form.

The code works fine if it is selecting "Yes" however if I change it to "No"
it dosn't work. Here is my code:

Sub photo_select()

strURL =
Set objIE = CreateObject("InternetExplorer.Application")
objIE.Navigate strURL
objIE.Visible = False

While objIE.ReadyState <> 4
Application.Wait Now + TimeValue("00:00:01")

objIE.Document.all("kwdshowphoto").Value = "Yes"

Call objIE.Document.Forms(0).Submit


End Sub

Here is part of the source code of the internal website, which relates to
the drop down:

<table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><a
width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0">
<tr valign="top"><td class="sectionHead" width="350"><a width="1%"><img
width="359" height="1" src="/icons/ecblank.gif" border="0" alt=""><br>
My location data / PhoneLine photo</td><td class="sectionHead" ><a
width="100%"><img width="1" height="1" src="/icons/ecblank.gif" border="0"
<div align="right"><a href="javascript:phonelineHelp();" class="globalNav"
title="launch phoneline help">Help</a> </div></td></tr>

<tr valign="top"><td width="350"><a width="1%"><img width="359" height="1"
src="/icons/ecblank.gif" border="0" alt=""><br>
</td><td ><a width="100%"><img width="1" height="1" src="/icons/ecblank.gif"
border="0" alt=""><br>

<tr valign="top"><td class="labelText" width="350"><a width="1%"><img
width="359" height="1" src="/icons/ecblank.gif" border="0" alt=""><br>
Show my photo on Phoneline :</td><td class="dataText" ><a width="100%"><img
width="1" height="1" src="/icons/ecblank.gif" border="0" alt=""><br>
<font size="2">
<input name="%%Surrogate_kwdShowPhoto" type="hidden" value="1">
<select name="kwdShowPhoto">
<option selected>No</select>
</font> </td></tr>

<tr valign="top"><td width="1%"><img width="359" height="1"
src="/icons/ecblank.gif" border="0" alt=""><br>
</td><td width="100%"><img width="1" height="1" src="/icons/ecblank.gif"
border="0" alt=""><br>

Thanks in advance




Can you see on the webpage if No is getting enter in the form?

Why arre you using CALL. Does it work without call?

Call objIE.Document.Forms(0).Submit


Hi Joel

I've changed the .visible to true so I can see it - and it dosn't change to
"No" therefore the problem is not with the submit statement, but the value
statement. I thought it was maybe because I had to use something like
..listindex rather than value?

Thanks for your time


I don't think you have the correct object selected. The form is just using
the default value. Another method is if the URL is different between Yes
and No then just go to the predefined URL.


Hi Joes

Thanks for the suggestion. I dont think the URL is different.
IS there a bit code I can run to get the names of all the objects on the page?

This is the code specific to the object:

Is it maybe %%Surrogate_kwdshowphoto?



Does the box show the ouble quotes around YES ? If you manually go to the
page and select No does it work? I thinking that Yes may be 1 and No may be




Hi mate

No the box dosn't show the quotes. If I click No it does work. I did try 0
and 1 but no luck.
I did get a workaround by doing objIE.document.all("kwdshowphoto").focus
then sendkeys "N"
but its still annoying :-(

Thanks for your time, appreciated


Send ky with "N" works. Then "N" should work with Value. Not "No"?

set obj = objIE.document.all("kwdshowphoto")
obj.value = "N"

Tim Williams

'selectedIndex is zero-based, so to select the first option use 0
objIE.document.getElementsByName("kwdshowphoto").selectedIndex = 0




Jie Wang [MSFT]

Hi Jamie,

I think Tim is right, to make sure a specific item is selected, you can set
the selectedIndex property.

If you don't want to use the index number which makes the code a little bit
harder to understand and maintain, you can also set the selected property
on the specific option object to make its value as "selected".

Here I have a complete HTML + Javascript sample showing how it's done:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<title>Untitled Page</title>

<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript">

function setSelectedItem(val) {
cboOptions.options.namedItem(val).selected = true;


<select name="cboOptions">
<option id="optYes">Yes</option>
<option id="optNo">No</option>
<option id="optNeutral">Neutral</option>
<input name="btnYes" type="button"
onclick="setSelectedItem('optYes')" value="Yes" />
<input name="btnYes" type="button"
onclick="setSelectedItem('optNo')" value="No" />
<input name="btnYes" type="button"
onclick="setSelectedItem('optNeutral')" value="Neutral" />

The basic idea is that you can get all available options from the "select"
object via its "options" collection, and use the "namedItem" method to
retrieve the option by its id (need to be predefined of course), at last
you set the "selected" property of that option to true.

Hope this helps.

If you have any further questions, please let me know.

Best regards,
Jie Wang

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