Application.FollowHyperlink method (Access)

The FollowHyperlink method opens the document or webpage specified by a hyperlink address.


expression.FollowHyperlink (Address, SubAddress, NewWindow, AddHistory, ExtraInfo, Method, HeaderInfo)

expression A variable that represents an Application object.


Name Required/Optional Data type Description
Address Required String A string expression that evaluates to a valid hyperlink address.
SubAddress Optional String A string expression that evaluates to a named location in the document specified by the address argument. The default is a zero-length string (" ").
NewWindow Optional Boolean A Boolean value where True (1) opens the document in a new window and False (0) opens the document in the current window. The default is False.
AddHistory Optional Boolean A Boolean value where True adds the hyperlink to the History folder and False doesn't add the hyperlink to the History folder. The default is True.
ExtraInfo Optional Variant A string or an array of Byte data that specifies additional information for navigating to a hyperlink. For example, this argument may be used to specify a search parameter for an .asp or .idc file. In your web browser, the extrainfo argument may appear after the hyperlink address, separated from the address by a question mark (?). You don't need to include the question mark when you specify the extrainfo argument.
Method Optional MsoExtraInfoMethod An MsoExtraInfoMethod constant that specifies how the extrainfo argument is attached.
HeaderInfo Optional String A string that specifies header information. By default, the headerinfo argument is a zero-length string.


By using the FollowHyperlink method, you can follow a hyperlink that doesn't exist in a control. This hyperlink may be supplied by you or by the user. For example, you can prompt a user to enter a hyperlink address in a dialog box, and then use the FollowHyperlink method to follow that hyperlink.

Use the extrainfo and method arguments to supply additional information when navigating to a hyperlink. For example, you can supply parameters to a search engine.

Use the Follow method to follow a hyperlink associated with a control.


The following function prompts a user for a hyperlink address and then follows the hyperlink.

Function GetUserAddress() As Boolean 
    Dim strInput As String 
    On Error GoTo Error_GetUserAddress 
    strInput = InputBox("Enter a valid address") 
    Application.FollowHyperlink strInput, , True 
    GetUserAddress = True 
    Exit Function 
    MsgBox Err & ": " & Err.Description 
    GetUserAddress = False 
    Resume Exit_GetUserAddress 
End Function

You could call this function with a procedure such as the following.

Sub CallGetUserAddress() 
    If GetUserAddress = True Then 
        MsgBox "Successfully followed hyperlink." 
        MsgBox "Could not follow hyperlink." 
    End If 
End Sub

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