Miscellaneous: Open a Spreadsheet into Excel from IE

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Author: Tim Ackermann

Platform: Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP

Type: VBScript

Use this small snippet of VBScript to automatically open a spreadsheet into Excel from Internet Explorer, instead of having it open directly in Internet Explorer. I've been reading online about scripting for a while. Recently I had a client request a simple thing from me.

Problem: Figure out a way to open an Excel spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel from a Web page instead of it opening in Internet Explorer.

After about two hours of searching, I found something at Microsoft that showed me how to complete this with VBScript.

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How to open a spreadsheet into Excel from Internet Explorer.

I'm including two files with this readme:  Excel_Test.htm and test.xls
Excel Test.htm is a working test webpage.
Copy test.xls to c:\temp
Double-click on Excel_Test.htm
Adapted from Microsoft Knowledge Base Article:

1. Add the following to the webpage in the <HEAD></HEAD> section:
Dim objExcel

Sub Btn1_onclick()
    call OpenWorkbook("http://www.microsoft.com/subdirectory/test.xls")
End Sub

Sub OpenWorkbook(strLocation)
    Set objExcel = CreateObject("Excel.Application")
    objExcel.Visible = true
    objExcel.Workbooks.Open strLocation
    objExcel.UserControl = true
End Sub

2. Then add the following to the webpage in the <BODY></BODY> section:


3. Insert the correct path to the Excel file.

NOTE:	You don't have to use a url in the above example:
	Ex: OpenWorkbook("\\server\share\folder\file.xls")
	Ex: OpenWorkbook("g:\folder\file.xls")
NOTE2:	You can change "Open Excel File" to anything you want:
	Ex: VALUE="Click Here to open my spreadsheet"

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