Getting an embedded brower to appear in Excel using VBA

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I have taken over a project for our product Map Intelligence that produces a geographical map based on data in Excel spreadsheets using VBA. The product works fine when external browsers are invoked and at one time it was able to produce an embedded browser in Excel. It no longer works, at least in my environment which is:

OS Name Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
Version 10.0.19044 Build 19044

Microsoft® Excel® 2021 MSO (Version 2302 Build 16.0.16130.20332) 64-bit


It opens a sheet for the map, then places a blank area for the map, but does not submit the form that drives our map viewer (in a separate server). I checked and our server receives no request.


Here is the code that we currently use to generate the embedded map. It does not produce any errors. Can anyone suggest what we need to do differently in a current Windows environment? Is it even possible now?



Chris Mugdan




Dim browserSheet As Object
Dim currentSheet As Worksheet
Dim miWebBrowser As Object 'our WB control


On Error Resume Next
Set browserSheet = ActiveWorkbook.Sheets(INTERNAL_SHEET_NAME)
Set currentSheet = ActiveWorkbook.ActiveSheet

If Err = 0 Then
'sheet exists already
'create sheet = INTERNAL_SHEET_NAME
Set browserSheet = ActiveWorkbook.Sheets(INTERNAL_SHEET_NAME)
End If

Dim browserExists As Boolean
Dim i As Double
browserExists = False
For i = 1 To browserSheet.Shapes.count
If browserSheet.Shapes(i).name = "WebBrowser1" Then
browserExists = True

Set miWebBrowser = selection.Object '... previously created
End If
Next i

If browserExists = False Then
Dim w As Double
Dim h As Double

If client.filllSheet = True Then
w = Application.UsableWidth - 33
h = Application.UsableHeight - 30
w = 1500.5
h = 800
End If

Dim web
'add a browser to the sheet and populate it
Set web = browserSheet.OLEObjects.Add(ClassType:="Shell.Explorer.2", Link:=False, _
DisplayAsIcon:=False, Left:=2.25, top:=2.25, Width:=w, Height:= _
h) ' .Select

Set miWebBrowser = web.Object '...created for the 1st time

If client.filllSheet = True Then
web.Width = Application.UsableWidth - 33
web.Height = Application.UsableHeight - 30
End If

' Set sizeHandler.miBrowser = selection
If client.filllSheet = True Then
selection.Width = Application.UsableWidth - 33
selection.Height = Application.UsableHeight - 30
End If
End If

'resize browser object and navigate to it

Sleep 500

miWebBrowser.Navigate ("file://" & getDefaultPath & "\launchfile.html")

'Do While miWebBrowser.readyState < 4
Sleep 500

' ActiveSheet.range("A1").Select

'sadly we have to do this to make it work.
'otherwise it doesnt show the sheet correctly.
' browserSheet.Activate
If browserExists = False Then
End If


If ForceSubmit Then
Sleep 2000
End If




3 Replies
Sounds like an ideal project for an Office-JavaScript add-in, as that natively runs in a web browser window. You can choose whether you want it to appear as a taskpane or as an object on a worksheet.
Thanks for the reply.
Yes that seems like the way to go in the future. Unfortunately I need to make the current VBA add in work. There is a lot of code involved in it as you can imagine, and it would take considerable effort to port it to Javascript!
Perhaps the issue is 32 vs 64 bit? I seem to recall that external activex controls are not supported in 64 bit office