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Launch the default browser on a given URL

Launch the default browser on a given URL

The following routine launches the default browser and loads the specified URL in it. The argument doesn’t have to include the HTTP:// prefix. If the operation is successful it returns True.

Private Declare Function ShellExecute Lib "shell32.dll" Alias "ShellExecuteA" _    (ByVal hwnd As Long, ByVal lpOperation As String, ByVal lpFile As String, _    ByVal lpParameters As String, ByVal lpDirectory As String, _    ByVal nShowCmd As Long) As Long' Open the default browser on a given URL' Returns True if successful, False otherwisePublic Function OpenBrowser(ByVal URL As String) As Boolean    Dim res As Long        ' it is mandatory that the URL is prefixed with http:// or https://    If InStr(1, URL, "http", vbTextCompare) <> 1 Then        URL = "http://" & URL    End If        res = ShellExecute(0&, "open", URL, vbNullString, vbNullString, _        vbNormalFocus)    OpenBrowser = (res > 32)End Function

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