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Programmatically scrolling WebBrowser control from Visual C/C++

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Article describes how to obtain IHTML interfaces to prrogrammatically scroll WebBrowser control from Visual C/C++.


For some time I struggled to do these simple tasks in Visual C++:

  1. How to get browser window to scroll programmatically?

    It does not accept Windows scroll messages. Calling the MFC GetScrollInfo APIs does not do anything. But there is a way.

  2. To scroll we use IHTMLElement2 API get_scrollTop/put_scrollTop... but how do I obtain IHTMLElement2?

The way is a bit obscure...

Now, the code

    // All this code does is what
    // "m_browser.Document.Body.ScrollTop = 100;"
    // does in VB. Gotta love COM in C++.

    // let's say m_browser is the WebBrowser's member variable.

    HRESULT hr;

    // get the document dispatch from browser
    IDispatch *pDisp = m_browser.GetDocument();
    ASSERT( pDisp ); //if NULL, we failed
    // get document interface
    IHTMLDocument2 *pDocument = NULL;
    hr = pDisp->QueryInterface( IID_IHTMLDocument2, (void**)&pDocument );
    ASSERT( SUCCEEDED( hr ) );
    ASSERT( pDocument );

    // this is the trick! 
    // take the body element from document...
    IHTMLElement *pBody = NULL;
    hr = pDocument->get_body( &pBody );
    ASSERT( SUCCEEDED( hr ) );
    ASSERT( pBody );

    // from body we can get element2 interface,
    // which allows us to do scrolling
    IHTMLElement2 *pElement = NULL;
    hr = pBody->QueryInterface(IID_IHTMLElement2,(void**)&pElement);
    ASSERT( pElement );

    // now we are ready to scroll
    // scroll down to 100th pixel from top
    pElement->put_scrollTop( 100 ); 
    // try to get the whole page size - but the returned number
    // is not allways correct. especially with pages that use dynamic html
    // tricks...
    long scroll_height; 
    pElement->get_scrollHeight( &s );

    // we can use this workaround!
    long real_scroll_height;
    pElement->put_scrollTop( 20000000 ); // ask to scroll really far down...
    pElement->get_scrollTop( &real_scroll_height );
    real_scroll_height += window_height; // will return the scroll height
    // for the first visible pixel, to get whole html page size must
    // add the window's height... (to obtain window_height is
    // left as an exercise for the reader)

    // print to debug output
    TRACE( "real scroll height: %ld, get_scrollHeight: %ld\n", 
                     real_scroll_height, scroll_height );

And there we have it.


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Generalie7 crash for scrolling [modified] Pinmembercastielle_alana14-Oct-10 22:09 
Generalno shtypes.h file.... PinmemberAric Green24-Mar-10 19:59 
QuestionUsing this code with new versions of IE? PinmemberTrapper300129-Jan-10 9:33 
AnswerRe: Using this code with new versions of IE? [modified] PinmemberTrapper30012-Feb-10 6:39 
QuestionHow to do it in BCB6 PinmemberChriz_z26-Oct-06 2:57 
GeneralApplet in WebBrowser Pinmembercolin-12313-Sep-06 0:50 
GeneralThanks heaps. I spent hours looking for how to do that. Pinmemberjai20024-May-05 17:26 
GeneralThanks (works with CDHtmldialog as well) Pinmemberrichard sancenot4-Apr-05 6:08 
GeneralChanging the size of Scrollbar in WebBrowser control PinmemberWasif Ali4-Apr-05 2:10 
GeneralRe: Changing the size of Scrollbar in WebBrowser control Pinmemberrichard sancenot4-Apr-05 6:00 
GeneralUsing Scroll Pinmemberunidentify26-Mar-05 23:19 
Questionhow to seperate pictures? Pinmembersamathareddy_p28-Feb-05 7:48 
GeneralAny Help on how to do it with C# Pinmemberggmemo8-Feb-05 6:19 
GeneralRe: Any Help on how to do it with C# PinmemberBoyan N. Rabchev26-Mar-05 1:02 
GeneralRe: Any Help on how to do it with C# PinmemberpinkyNet13-Apr-07 11:38 
Generalhow to make webbrowser scroll with PinmemberJohannNutter6-Sep-09 18:50 
GeneralRe: Any Help on how to do it with C# PinmemberTheAlas23-Aug-06 15:31 
GeneralRe: Any Help on how to do it with C# PinmemberKnightrunner21-Sep-07 2:45 
GeneralWant IE automate and IpHelper Help Pinmembereiteit24-Nov-04 8:21 
QuestionCan we get the total scroll Height and width Pinmembereacho.woo13-Oct-04 18:31 
QuestionAllow ActiveX execution in browser? Pinmemberdragomir10-Sep-04 21:33 
GeneralCatching Scroll Bar Events PinmemberHumphrey Chakma6-Apr-04 20:45 
QuestionHow to get scroll bar position? Pinmemberw1424331-Mar-04 19:48 
AnswerRe: How to get scroll bar position? PinmemberHumphrey Chakma31-Mar-04 23:43 
GeneralA version that does not use IHTMLElement2 Pinmembermrxeng23-Feb-04 21:45 

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