Application.FollowHyperlink Method (Access)
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Application.FollowHyperlink Method (Access)

The FollowHyperlink method opens the document or Web page specified by a hyperlink address.

expression .FollowHyperlink(Address, SubAddress, NewWindow, AddHistory, ExtraInfo, Method, HeaderInfo)

expression A variable that represents an Application object.

Parameters

Name

Required/Optional

Data Type

Description

Address

Required

String

A string expression that evaluates to a valid hyperlink address.

SubAddress

Optional

String

A string expression that evaluates to a named location in the document specified by the address argument. The default is a zero-length string (" ").

NewWindow

Optional

Boolean

A Boolean value where True (–1) opens the document in a new window and False (0) opens the document in the current window. The default is False.

AddHistory

Optional

Boolean

A Boolean value where True adds the hyperlink to the History folder and False doesn't add the hyperlink to the History folder. The default is True.

ExtraInfo

Optional

Variant

A string or an array of Byte data that specifies additional information for navigating to a hyperlink. For example, this argument may be used to specify a search parameter for an .asp or .idc file. In your Web browser, the extrainfo argument may appear after the hyperlink address, separated from the address by a question mark (?). You don't need to include the question mark when you specify the extrainfo argument.

Method

Optional

MsoExtraInfoMethod

A MsoExtraInfoMethod constant that specifies how the extrainfo argument is attached.

HeaderInfo

Optional

String

A string that specifies header information. By default the headerinfo argument is a zero-length string.

By using the FollowHyperlink method, you can follow a hyperlink that doesn't exist in a control. This hyperlink may be supplied by you or by the user. For example, you can prompt a user to enter a hyperlink address in a dialog box, then use the FollowHyperlink method to follow that hyperlink.

You can use the extrainfo and method arguments to supply additional information when navigating to a hyperlink. For example, you can supply parameters to a search engine.

You can use the Follow method to follow a hyperlink associated with a control.

The following function prompts a user for a hyperlink address and then follows the hyperlink:

Function GetUserAddress() As Boolean 
    Dim strInput As String 
 
    On Error GoTo Error_GetUserAddress 
    strInput = InputBox("Enter a valid address") 
    Application.FollowHyperlink strInput, , True 
    GetUserAddress = True 
 
Exit_GetUserAddress: 
    Exit Function 
 
Error_GetUserAddress: 
    MsgBox Err & ": " & Err.Description 
    GetUserAddress = False 
    Resume Exit_GetUserAddress 
End Function

You could call this function with a procedure such as the following:

Sub CallGetUserAddress() 
    If GetUserAddress = True Then 
        MsgBox "Successfully followed hyperlink." 
    Else 
        MsgBox "Could not follow hyperlink." 
    End If 
End Sub
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