Open a PDF from Excel with VBA in Google Chrome on a specific page

I am creating a macro in Excel that should open a PDF document on a specified page with chrome. Generally, the opening part works fine. My only problem is that when I add the page number (e.g. #page=15) to the url, the shell somehow encodes the "#" symbol into "%23", which chrome is not able to interpret correctly anymore (file not found).

Here is my code

'The path to the file, replaces spaces with the encoding "%20"
Path = Replace((filePath& "#Page=" & iPageNum), " ", "%20")

Dim wshShell, chromePath As String, shellPath As String
Set wshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
chromePath = wshShell.RegRead("HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\chrome.exe\")

shellPath = CStr(chromePath) & " -url " & Path

If Not chromePath = "" Then
    'how I first tried it:
    Shell (shellPath) 

    'for testing purposes, led to the same result though:
    Shell ("""C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"" ""C:\Users\t.weinmuellner\Desktop\Evon\PDF Opening\PDFDocument.pdf#page=17""") 

End If

I would really appreciate it if anyone knew a solution to this. Maybe there's a different way to do this with Chrome, but I haven't found anything that reads the installation path dynamically. Sry for the probably messy code, I'm new to this.

2 answers

  • answered 2018-10-16 08:10 Storax

    If Adobe Acrobat Reader is installed on the system I would suggest to use the funcion openPDF from Daniel Pineault. This will open the file in Adobe Reader directly. You can find the source code of the function here

    A test could look like that

    Sub TestSO()
    Dim fileName As String
    Dim pageNo As Long
        fileName = "Path and filename of PDF"
        pageNo = 20
        OpenPDF fileName, 20
    End Sub

  • answered 2018-10-16 08:16 Pᴇʜ

    You just need to specify the protocol file:/// if you want to load files from the local hard disk. Then # gets not translated into %23.

     Shell ("""C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"" ""file:///C:\Users\t.weinmuellner\Desktop\Evon\PDF Opening\PDFDocument.pdf#page=17""")