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WebBrowser.Document Property

Gets an HtmlDocument representing the Web page currently displayed in the WebBrowser control.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)

'Declaration
<BrowsableAttribute(False)> _
Public ReadOnly Property Document As HtmlDocument

Property Value

Type: System.Windows.Forms.HtmlDocument
An HtmlDocument representing the current page, or Nothing if no page is loaded.

ExceptionCondition
ObjectDisposedException

This WebBrowser instance is no longer valid.

InvalidOperationException

A reference to an implementation of the IWebBrowser2 interface could not be retrieved from the underlying ActiveX WebBrowser control.

Use this property when you want to access the contents of a Web page displayed in the WebBrowser control through the HTML document object model (DOM). This is useful, for example, when you want to use Web-based controls in your Windows Forms application.

You can use this property, in combination with the ObjectForScripting property, to implement two-way communication between a Web page displayed in the WebBrowser control and your application. Use the HtmlDocument.InvokeScript method to call script methods implemented in a Web page from your client application code. Your scripting code can access your application through the window.external object, which is a built-in DOM object provided for host access, and which maps to an object that you specify for the ObjectForScripting property.

To access the contents of a Web page as a string, use the DocumentText property. To access the contents of a Web page as a Stream, use the DocumentStream property.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the Document property in a handler for the Navigating event to determine whether a Web page form has been filled in. If the input field does not contain a value, the navigation is canceled.

This example requires that your form contains a WebBrowser control called webBrowser1.

Private Sub Form1_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs) _
    Handles Me.Load

    webBrowser1.DocumentText = _
        "<html><body>Please enter your name:<br/>" & _
        "<input type='text' name='userName'/><br/>" & _
        "<a href='http://www.microsoft.com'>continue</a>" & _
        "</body></html>" 

End Sub 

Private Sub webBrowser1_Navigating( _
    ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As WebBrowserNavigatingEventArgs) _
    Handles webBrowser1.Navigating

    Dim document As System.Windows.Forms.HtmlDocument = _
        webBrowser1.Document
    If document IsNot Nothing And _
        document.All("userName") IsNot Nothing And _
        String.IsNullOrEmpty( _
        document.All("userName").GetAttribute("value")) Then

        e.Cancel = True
        MsgBox("You must enter your name before you can navigate to " & _
            e.Url.ToString())
    End If 

End Sub

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

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