Saturday, November 1, 2008

Enumerating URLs in Internet Explorer

Have you ever wanted to get a list of the URLs you are currently browsing in Internet Explorer? Probably not, but occasionally I've got a large number of IE windows open and I realise I need to close them all, but I would like to know the pages I'm in the middle of browsing.

The PowerShell and VBScripts below do just that - enumerate the current iexplore.exe windows, and report the URL and name of any identified iexplore.exe windows.

This is also good for gathering references, if you've got many pages open and you'd like to record the URLs for later reference, I find this script easier than repeated copy/paste.

# PowerShell

$shell = new-object –com Shell.Application

$windows = $shell.Windows()

write-output ($windows.count.ToString() + " windows found")
foreach ($window in $windows) {
  if ($window.FullName -like "*iexplore*") {
    write-output ($window.LocationURL + ", " + $window.LocationName)

$shell = $null

' VBScript
' Find the URLs of the currently running Internext Explorer Windows

' References:

Const IE_EXE = "iexplore.exe"

Call FindCurrentURLs(strURLSet)
WScript.Echo strURLSet


Function FindCurrentURLs(ByRef strURLSet)
 Dim objShell, objWindowSet, objWindow
 Dim strwindowName, strURL, strFullName

 Set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")    ' Create a Windows shell automation object
 Set objWindowSet = objShell.Windows      ' Get the collection of open windows belonging to the shell

 Wscript.Echo "Processing " & objWindowSet.Count & " windows"   ' Report how many instances were found

 For Each objWindow in objWindowSet      ' For each InternetExplorer object in the ShellWindows set
  strFullName = objWindow.FullName     ' Get the full path and executable of this window
  If InStr(1, strFullName, IE_EXE, 1) <> 0 Then    ' Is this an IE shell object?
   strURL = objWindow.LocationURL     ' Get the URL

   If strURL <> "" Then 
    strURLSet = strURLSet & vbCRLF & strURL   ' Append to the set of URLs
   End If
  Else         ' No, probably explorer.exe skip
   WScript.Echo "Skipped " & strFullName & " - not IE"
  End If

 If Len(strURLSet) >= Len(vbCRLF) Then strURLSet = Right(strURLSet, Len(strURLSet) - Len(vbCRLF)) ' Strip the leading vbCRLF
 Set objShell = Nothing
 Set objWindowSet = Nothing : Set objWindow = Nothing
End Function

Wayne's World of IT (WWoIT), Copyright 2008 Wayne Martin.


Anonymous said...

Wow i never though that this could be done using vbscript !!!

i have used your script with vbs2exe to pack into an exe.

Thanks !

Anonymous said...

I have been looking all over the place for this. I have tried near 100 approaches and got close. You finally sir have helped me close the final gaps of my script. Now if only there was a way to do this for Firefox too.

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