I needed to launch an Internet Explorer window to a particular URL in a near “chromeless” fashion – no toolbar, no address bar, no scrollbars, from a C# .NET application. At first I used thread.start(url), but you cannot specify how Internet Explorer should open – there are no command line options to customize the window.
The internet failed me – I was supposed to reference some web COM dll, that I didn’t even have.
The solution is painfully simple. Make sure you have a reference to System.Windows.Forms, create a WebBrowser object in code (no need to add it to a form), give it an about:blank url, then use Document.Window.OpenNew() to launch a new IE window with parameters.
Examples speak louder than words: this snippet will open google in a new browser window
using (WebBrowser wb = new WebBrowser())
wb.Url = new System.Uri("about:blank");
If you will be opening a lot of windows, maybe you should keep the WebBrowser object in a class variable.
Maybe this one was out there somewhere, but I couldn’t find it…