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How to Web Scrape with AutoHotkey: Setting values and clicking links in IE

Setting values and clicking links in IE

Setting values and clicking links in IEThis is the second video in this series.  Here we practice setting values and clicking links in IE on a page (kind of reverse of Web Scraping with AutoHotkey however I don’t believe anybody has coined a decent term yet) and clicking links.

Word of warning- some pages want you to fire an “event”.  Sometimes this is tricky.  Given this video is set to an introductory level I only touch a little on the subject.

Web Scraping with AutoHotKey 102-Setting values and clicking links in IE

Setting values and clicking links in IE

The syntax for writing the writing the code can be found on my first post here.  There is also an AutoHotKey forum thread you might wish to review hereSetting values and clicking links in IE is pretty straight forward

Web scraping

 (web harvesting or web data extraction) is a computer software technique of extracting information from websites. Usually, such software programs

Web Scraping Example with AutoHotkey-Scraping website to determine status

Web Scraping Example with AutoHotkey

The term Web Scraping is well known but I’ve yet to hear much talk about “Web Pasting”.   In this Web Scraping Example with AutoHotkey video I demonstrate how I helped my Real Estate agent automate checking the status of a house on a website.

Web Scraping example with AutoHotkey

Here is a second version where, depending on the status of the home, I write a follow-up email either with an email from Outlook or within the website via COM.

 

Web Scraping with AutoHotKey 101-Super simple ways to Get data from a page, handles & pointers

Web Scraping with AutoHotKey

Web Scraping with AutoHotkey: Intro

Being able to, programatically, navigate to an Internet page and scrape the contents in a reliable fashion is best things invented since sliced bread!   I spent years manually going through pages and copying/pasting contents from IE to Excel then spent even more time trying to clean it up.  Done properly you can get the data very, very close to how it is on the web with little effort.

The below video walks through using AutoHotKey to obtain basic values from a Web page.  It also demonstrates a script I wrote that helps write the syntax (yes I’m that lazy!)  The AutoHotKey script I wrote is further down this page and can also be found on the AHK forum here.

In this beginning tutorial I how to:
1) get a pointer to IE
2) navigate to a page
3) get text from a page

Web Scraping Intro with AutoHotkey

Here is the script writer to use during your web scraping intro with AutoHotkey.
Web Scraping with AutoHotKey