Using script to query information from Internet Explorer windows

Raymond Chen


Some time ago,

we used C++ to query information from the ShellWindows object
and found it straightforward but cumbersome

This is rather clumsy from C++ because

the ShellWindows object

was designed for use by a scripting language like JScript or Visual Basic.

Let’s use one of the languages the ShellWindows object was designed for
to enumerate all the open shell windows.
Run it with the command line cscript sample.js.

var shellWindows = new ActiveXObject(“Shell.Application”).Windows();
for (var i = 0; i < shellWindows.Count; i++) {
var w = shellWindows.Item(i);
WScript.StdOut.WriteLine(w.LocationName + “=” + w.LocationURL);

Well that was quite a bit shorter, wasn’t it!

Raymond Chen
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