Windows Mobile 5.0 comes with a Web Browser (v6 is due out any day now).  It runs on Pocket PCs and SmartPhones. That browser only allows one web page to show at a time: to show another page, you have to navigate away from the current page. I created a web browser for my first SmartPhone over a year ago that allows you to open multiple web pages.

 

If you have Visual Studio 2008 (or 2005), you can do it too, with the few hundred lines of code below.

 

This sample WebBrowser features:

  • Go Forward/Back
  • adding and editing of favorites
  • full screen view
  • multiple web pages open
  • address bar editing.

 

Start VS 2008 (or 2005). Choose File->New->Project->Visual Basic->Smart Device Project->Ok.

 

(You can also run this same sample as a standard VB Windows Form application to see it running on your PC. File->New->Project->Visual Basic->Windows->Windows Forms Application. You can actually have 2 projects in one solution: one for the SmartPhone, one for your PC, both sharing the same code: PhoneBrowser.vb. Then you can right click on the desired project and Set As Startup Project. Be careful of having 2 copies of the code: One copy actually references the Compact .Net Framework, and is in a different project type).

 

In the wizard that shows, choose Target Platform: Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone SDK, and Templates: Device Application

 

In Solution Explorer, Delete Form1, then add a new Class called "PhoneBrowser.vb"

Paste the code below.

 

In Project Properties, choose Application->Startup Object: PhoneBrowser

 

Hit F5 to build and run the program. A dialog comes up: choose either smart phone emulator. The first time, it takes a few seconds to deploy the .Net Framework 3.5.

 

 

Notes: use Tools->Device Emulation Manager to hook up the emulator to your network, so it can browse web sites. Right click on the emulator you chose and choose "Cradle" to attach the emulator electronically to your PC (like putting the phone into a cradle that's attached via cable). Otherwise you'll get "Your Internet connection is not configured properly. Please verify your settings in Data Connections"

 

Install Microsoft ActiveSync 4.5, run it, and choose File->Connection Settings->Connect to sync the emulator to the PC. This is not required, but will allow you to have your emulator connect to the web while it's cradled.

 

You can change the Output File folder where the application is stored: Project->Properties->Devices->Output File Folder. It defaults to %CSIDL_PROGRAM_FILES%\SmartDeviceProject1

 

The sample doesn't show History: if you figure that out, let me know. Otherwise, I may just create a SQL Server CE database and store the links in there….           

 

 

If you're using VS 2005, you'll get several VB compile errors that you can fix due to new features in VB.Net 2008

 

  • Change due to Type Inference:
    • Old: Dim NewWindow = New PhoneBrowser
    • New: Dim NewWindow As New PhoneBrowser
  • Change For loops to declare vars
    • Old: For i = 1 To oBrowserForms.Count
    • New: For i As Integer = 1 To oBrowserForms.Count
  • Relaxed Delegates in 2008 means the method signature doesn't have to exactly match. To fix this, change the event handler method parameters to match.
    • Old: ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Windows.Forms.KeyEventArgs
    • New: ByVal o As MyMenuItem, ByVal e As System.Windows.Forms.KeyEventArgs
  • Now that the method signatures match, you'll have to cast some of the Objects to things like "MyMenuItem" or "MyListViewItem" :
    • Old: Select Case o.Text
    • New: Select Case CType(o, MyMenuItem).Text
  • The sample uses Linq in a few places: just replace with the commented code below if Linq is not available (as in VS 2005)

 

 

 

The F1,F2 buttons on your keyboard map to the left and right soft keys of the phone.

 

To deploy on a real SmartPhone, connect via ActiveSync and choose Project->Properties->Devices->Target Device: Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone Device, then hit F5. You'll get some confirmation dialogs on your phone.

 

You can use Linq on your SmartPhone in VS 2008: if you get an error creating a simple query, Project->Properties: add a reference to c:\Program Files\Microsoft.Net\SDK\CompactFramework\V3.5\WindowsCE\System.Core.dll, and import System.Core and System.Xml

 

You may have to unlock your phone: http://blogs.conchango.com/stuartpreston/archive/2005/11/10/2376.aspx

 

See also:

Customize your Windows Mobile SmartPhone home screen and Start Menu

How to: Use the WebBrowser Control in the .NET Compact Framework

Smartphone Development and the .NET Compact Framework 

Windows Mobile 5.0 Application Security

Windows Mobile-based Smartphone Applications Deployment Demystified

Device Security Manager Powertoy for Windows Mobile 5.0

Remove double spaces from pasted code samples in blog

Visual Studio->Tools menu->Device Security Manager

Lots of goodies under Start Menu->Visual Studio 2008->Remote Tools, like Remote Registry Editor, Remote Process Viewer, Remote File Viewer

 

 

Start of Code

Public Class PhoneBrowser

    Inherits Form

#If Smartphone = True Then  'auto set: Project->Properties->Compile->Advanced Compile Options->Custom Constants

    Dim fSmartPhone = True

#Else

    Dim fSmartPhone = False

#End If

    Friend WithEvents WebBrowserCtrl As System.Windows.Forms.WebBrowser

    Shared oBrowserForms As New System.Collections.Generic.List(Of PhoneBrowser)

    Private Sub PhoneBrowser_Load() Handles MyBase.Load

        Me.WebBrowserCtrl = New Windows.Forms.WebBrowser

        Me.WebBrowserCtrl.Dock = DockStyle.Fill

        Me.WebBrowserCtrl.DocumentText = "<html>Custom Web Browser for Smartphone by Calvin Hsia</html>" ' put your name here

        Me.Controls.Add(Me.WebBrowserCtrl)

        Me.Text = "PhoneBrowser"

        If fSmartPhone Then

            Me.WindowState = FormWindowState.Maximized

        Else

            Me.Size = New Size(1280, 1024)

        End If

        oBrowserForms.Add(Me)   ' add ourselves to the collection

        If oBrowserForms.Count = 1 Then ' if it's the first instance

            Me.WebBrowserCtrl.Navigate(New System.Uri("http://www.msn.com"))

            'ShowFavorites()

        End If

        If Not fSmartPhone Then

            ShowMenu()

        End If

    End Sub

    Private Sub PhoneBrowser_FormClosing(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Me.Closing

        For i = 1 To oBrowserForms.Count

            If oBrowserForms.Item(i - 1) Is Me Then ' remove ourselves from the list

                oBrowserForms.RemoveAt(i - 1)

                Exit For

            End If

        Next

    End Sub

    Private Sub PhoneBrowser_KeyDown(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Windows.Forms.KeyEventArgs) Handles MyBase.KeyDown

        If e.KeyCode = System.Windows.Forms.Keys.F1 OrElse _

            e.KeyCode = System.Windows.Forms.Keys.F2 Then

            ShowMenu()

        Else

            If e.KeyCode = Keys.Back Then

                If WebBrowserCtrl.CanGoBack Then

                    WebBrowserCtrl.GoBack()

                End If

            End If

        End If

    End Sub

    Sub ShowMenu()

        Me.Menu = New MainMenu

        Dim mItem As MyMenuItem

        Dim mItemBar As MyMenuItem  'the 2 softkeys

        Dim mItemNav As MyMenuItem

 

        If Me.WebBrowserCtrl.ReadyState <> WebBrowserReadyState.Complete Then

            mItemBar = New MyMenuItem("Stop Request", Me.Menu.MenuItems, AddressOf Me.BrowserMenuItem_Click)

        Else

            mItemBar = New MyMenuItem("Favorites", Me.Menu.MenuItems, AddressOf Me.BrowserMenuItem_Click)

        End If

 

        mItemBar = New MyMenuItem("Menu", Me.Menu.MenuItems)

        mItem = New MyMenuItem("Address Bar", mItemBar.MenuItems, AddressOf Me.BrowserMenuItem_Click)

        mItem = New MyMenuItem("Add to Favorites", mItemBar.MenuItems, AddressOf Me.BrowserMenuItem_Click)

        mItemNav = New MyMenuItem("Navigate", mItemBar.MenuItems)

        mItem = New MyMenuItem("Favorites", mItemNav.MenuItems, AddressOf Me.BrowserMenuItem_Click)

        mItem = New MyMenuItem("Go Forward", mItemNav.MenuItems, AddressOf Me.BrowserMenuItem_Click)

        mItem.Enabled = Me.WebBrowserCtrl.CanGoForward

        mItem = New MyMenuItem("Go Back", mItemNav.MenuItems, AddressOf Me.BrowserMenuItem_Click)

        mItem.Enabled = Me.WebBrowserCtrl.CanGoBack

 

        mItem = New MyMenuItem("Cancel Menu", mItemBar.MenuItems, AddressOf Me.BrowserMenuItem_Click)

        mItem = New MyMenuItem("Refresh", mItemBar.MenuItems, AddressOf Me.BrowserMenuItem_Click)   ' keep in pos 5

        mItem = New MyMenuItem("New Window", mItemBar.MenuItems, AddressOf Me.BrowserMenuItem_Click)

        mItem = New MyMenuItem("Switch Windows", mItemBar.MenuItems)

        If oBrowserForms.Count = 1 Then

            mItem.Enabled = False

        Else

            For i = 1 To oBrowserForms.Count

                If Not oBrowserForms(i - 1) Is Me Then  ' don't add ourself

                    Dim mText As String

                    Dim oUri = oBrowserForms(i - 1).WebBrowserCtrl.Url

                    If oUri Is Nothing Then

                        mText = "Form " + i.ToString

                    Else

                        If oUri.ToString.ToLower.StartsWith("http://") Then

                            mText = oUri.ToString.Substring(7)

                        Else

                            mText = oUri.ToString

                        End If

                    End If

                    Dim MenuItemBrowserInstance = New MyMenuItem(mText, mItem.MenuItems, AddressOf MenuItemNewFormHandler_Click)

                    MenuItemBrowserInstance.oBrowser = oBrowserForms(i - 1)

                End If

            Next

        End If

        mItem = New MyMenuItem("Exit", mItemBar.MenuItems, AddressOf Me.BrowserMenuItem_Click)

    End Sub

 

    Sub BrowserMenuItem_Click(ByVal o As MyMenuItem, ByVal e As System.EventArgs)

        If fSmartPhone Then

            Me.Menu = Nothing   ' make menu disappear

        End If

        Select Case o.Text

            Case "Stop Request"

                If Me.WebBrowserCtrl.ReadyState <> WebBrowserReadyState.Complete Then

                    Me.WebBrowserCtrl.Stop()

                End If

                ShowMenu()    ' refresh menu

            Case "Favorites"

                ShowFavorites()

            Case "Address Bar"

                Dim oAddrBarForm = New FormAddressBar(Me)

                If oAddrBarForm.ShowDialog() = Windows.Forms.DialogResult.OK Then

                    Try

                        Me.WebBrowserCtrl.Navigate(New System.Uri(oAddrBarForm.Result))

                    Catch ex As Exception

                        MsgBox(oAddrBarForm.Result, MsgBoxStyle.OkOnly, "Invalid URL")

                    End Try

                End If

            Case "Add to Favorites"

                ShowAddFavoriteForm(Me, o.Text)

            Case "Go Forward"

                Me.WebBrowserCtrl.GoForward()

            Case "Go Back"

                Me.WebBrowserCtrl.GoBack()

            Case "Refresh"

                If Me.WebBrowserCtrl.ReadyState <> WebBrowserReadyState.Complete Then

                    Me.WebBrowserCtrl.Stop()

                End If

                Me.WebBrowserCtrl.Refresh()

            Case "Cancel Menu"

                'do nothing

            Case "New Window"

                Dim NewWindow = New PhoneBrowser

                Dim cUrl = ""

                If Not Me.WebBrowserCtrl.Url Is Nothing Then

                    cUrl = Me.WebBrowserCtrl.Url.ToString

                End If

                NewWindow.Show()

                NewWindow.WebBrowserCtrl.Navigate(New System.Uri(cUrl))  ' new instance goes to same page

            Case "Exit"

                If Me.WebBrowserCtrl.ReadyState <> WebBrowserReadyState.Complete Then

                    Me.WebBrowserCtrl.Stop()

                End If

                Me.Close()

            Case Else

                MsgBox("Menu item " + o.Text + " not handled")

        End Select

    End Sub

    Sub ShowFavorites()

        If Me.WebBrowserCtrl.ReadyState <> WebBrowserReadyState.Complete Then

            Me.WebBrowserCtrl.Stop()

        End If

        Dim oFavForms As New FormFavorites(Me)

        If oFavForms.ShowDialog() = Windows.Forms.DialogResult.OK AndAlso oFavForms.Result.Length > 0 Then

            Try

                Me.WebBrowserCtrl.Navigate(New System.Uri(oFavForms.Result))

            Catch ex As Exception

                MsgBox(oFavForms.Result, MsgBoxStyle.OkOnly, "Error in URL")

            End Try

        End If

    End Sub

    Shared Sub ShowAddFavoriteForm(ByVal oPhoneBrowser As PhoneBrowser, _

                                   ByVal cTitle As String, _

                                   Optional ByVal cName As String = "", _

                                   Optional ByVal cUrlSpecific As String = "", _

                                   Optional ByVal cOrigFileName As String = "")

        'SmartPhone webbrowser doesn't have Document property

        Dim cHost = cName

        Dim cUrl = cUrlSpecific

        If Not oPhoneBrowser.WebBrowserCtrl.Url Is Nothing AndAlso cTitle <> "Edit" Then

            cHost = oPhoneBrowser.WebBrowserCtrl.Url.Host

            cUrl = oPhoneBrowser.WebBrowserCtrl.Url.ToString

        End If

        Dim oAddFav As New FormAddToFavorites(cHost, cUrl, cTitle, cOrigFileName)

        If oAddFav.ShowDialog = Windows.Forms.DialogResult.OK Then

        End If

    End Sub

    Sub MenuItemNewFormHandler_Click(ByVal o As MyMenuItem, ByVal e As System.EventArgs)

        If fSmartPhone Then

            Me.Menu = Nothing

        End If

        o.oBrowser.Show()

    End Sub

    Class MyMenuItem    ' same as MenuItem, except a place to put a reference to the instance

        Inherits MenuItem

        Public oBrowser As PhoneBrowser

        Sub New(ByVal cText As String, ByRef mi As MenuItemCollection, _

                Optional ByVal handler As System.EventHandler = Nothing)

            Me.Text = cText

            mi.Add(Me)

            If Not handler Is Nothing Then

                AddHandler Me.Click, handler

            End If

        End Sub

    End Class

    Private Sub WebBrowserCtrl_DocumentCompleted(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Windows.Forms.WebBrowserDocumentCompletedEventArgs) Handles WebBrowserCtrl.DocumentCompleted

        If Not Me.WebBrowserCtrl.Url Is Nothing Then

            Me.Text = Me.WebBrowserCtrl.Url.ToString

        End If

    End Sub

    Shared Function GetFavoritesFolder() As String  'called from outside the class, so "shared"

        Try

            GetFavoritesFolder = System.Environment.GetFolderPath(System.Environment.SpecialFolder.Favorites)

        Catch ex As Exception

            GetFavoritesFolder = "\Windows\Favorites"

        End Try

    End Function

 

    Class FormAddressBar

        Inherits Windows.Forms.Form

        Dim WithEvents txtAddr As New TextBox

        Dim WithEvents lvAddr As New ListView

        Public Result As String = ""

        Dim IsListBoxChanging As Boolean = False

        Dim oPhoneBrowser As PhoneBrowser

        Sub New(ByVal oPhoneBrowser As PhoneBrowser)

            Me.oPhoneBrowser = PhoneBrowser

            Dim MenuMain As Menu

            Dim MItem As MyMenuItem

            MenuMain = New MainMenu

            MItem = New MyMenuItem("Go", MenuMain.MenuItems, AddressOf AddrBarMenuItem_Click)

            MItem = New MyMenuItem("Cancel", MenuMain.MenuItems, AddressOf AddrBarMenuItem_Click)

            Me.Menu = MenuMain

            If Not PhoneBrowser.WebBrowserCtrl.Url Is Nothing Then

                txtAddr.Text = PhoneBrowser.WebBrowserCtrl.Url.ToString

            End If

            txtAddr.Left = 10

            txtAddr.Width = 300

            txtAddr.Visible = True

            Me.Controls.Add(txtAddr)

            txtAddr.SelectionStart = txtAddr.Text.Length  ' put cursor at end

            lvAddr.View = View.List

            lvAddr.Visible = True

            lvAddr.Top = 30

            lvAddr.Width = 300

            Me.Controls.Add(Me.lvAddr)

            RefreshListbox()

        End Sub

        Sub AddrBarMenuItem_Click(ByVal o As MyMenuItem, ByVal e As System.EventArgs)

            Select Case o.Text

                Case "Go"

                    GoAddrBar()

                    Me.DialogResult = Windows.Forms.DialogResult.OK

                    Me.Result = IIf(Me.txtAddr.Text.StartsWith("http://"), "", "http://") + Me.txtAddr.Text

                Case "Cancel"

                    Me.DialogResult = Windows.Forms.DialogResult.Cancel

            End Select

            Me.Close()

        End Sub

        Sub RefreshListbox()

            Me.lvAddr.Items.Clear()

            Try

                lvAddr.Items.Add(New MyListViewItem(Me.txtAddr.Text + ".com"))

                lvAddr.Items.Add(New MyListViewItem(Me.txtAddr.Text + ".org"))

            Catch ex As Exception

            End Try

        End Sub

        Private Sub txtAddr_TextChanged(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles txtAddr.TextChanged

            If Not IsListBoxChanging Then

                RefreshListbox()

            End If

        End Sub

        Private Sub lvAddr_Click(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles lvAddr.Click

            GoAddrBar()

        End Sub

        Private Sub lvAddr_KeyDown(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Windows.Forms.KeyEventArgs) Handles lvAddr.KeyDown

            Select Case e.KeyCode

                Case Keys.Up

                    If lvAddr.Items(0).Selected Then

                        lvAddr.Items(0).Selected = False

                        Me.txtAddr.Focus()

                    End If

                Case Keys.Down

                    If lvAddr.Items(lvAddr.Items.Count - 1).Selected Then

                        lvAddr.Items(lvAddr.Items.Count - 1).Selected = False

                        Me.txtAddr.Focus()

                    End If

                Case Keys.Enter

                    GoAddrBar()

            End Select

        End Sub

        Sub GoAddrBar()

            Me.DialogResult = Windows.Forms.DialogResult.OK

            Me.Result = IIf(Me.txtAddr.Text.StartsWith("http://"), "", "http://") + Me.txtAddr.Text

            Me.Close()

        End Sub

        Private Sub lvAddr_SelectedIndexChanged(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles lvAddr.SelectedIndexChanged

            If Me.lvAddr.SelectedIndices.Count = 1 Then

                IsListBoxChanging = True

                Me.txtAddr.Text = Me.lvAddr.Items(Me.lvAddr.SelectedIndices.Item(0)).Text

                IsListBoxChanging = False

            End If

        End Sub

    End Class

 

    Public Class FormFavorites

        Inherits Form

        Dim WithEvents ListView As Windows.Forms.ListView

        Public Result As String = ""

        Dim oPhoneBrowser As PhoneBrowser

        Sub New(ByVal oPhoneBrowser As PhoneBrowser)

            Me.oPhoneBrowser = oPhoneBrowser

            Me.ListView = New Windows.Forms.ListView

            Me.ListView.Dock = DockStyle.Fill

            Me.ListView.View = View.List

            FillFavList(GetFavoritesFolder())

            Me.Menu = New MainMenu

            Dim mItem As MyMenuItem

            Dim mItemBar As MyMenuItem  'the 2 softkeys

            mItemBar = New MyMenuItem("Go", Me.Menu.MenuItems, AddressOf Me.FavMenuItem_Click)

            mItemBar = New MyMenuItem("Menu", Me.Menu.MenuItems)

            mItem = New MyMenuItem("Address Bar", mItemBar.MenuItems, AddressOf Me.FavMenuItem_Click)

            mItem = New MyMenuItem("Add Favorite", mItemBar.MenuItems, AddressOf Me.FavMenuItem_Click)

            mItem = New MyMenuItem("Add Folder", mItemBar.MenuItems, AddressOf Me.FavMenuItem_Click)

            mItem = New MyMenuItem("Edit", mItemBar.MenuItems, AddressOf Me.FavMenuItem_Click)

            mItem = New MyMenuItem("Delete", mItemBar.MenuItems, AddressOf Me.FavMenuItem_Click)

            mItem = New MyMenuItem("Cancel", mItemBar.MenuItems, AddressOf Me.FavMenuItem_Click)

            Me.ListView.Visible = 1

            Me.Controls.Add(Me.ListView)

        End Sub

        Sub FillFavList(ByVal BaseFolder As String)    'todo: add icons

            Me.ListView.Clear()

            Dim FavoriteFiles = From FileName In IO.Directory.GetFiles(BaseFolder) Order By FileName

            Dim FavoriteFolders = From FolderName In IO.Directory.GetDirectories(BaseFolder) Order By FolderName

            'Dim FavoriteFolders = IO.Directory.GetDirectories(BaseFolder)

            'Dim FavoriteFiles = IO.Directory.GetFiles(BaseFolder)

            'System.Array.Sort(FavoriteFolders)  'ListView.Sort not available

            'System.Array.Sort(FavoriteFiles)    ' could use Linq

            For Each File In FavoriteFiles

                Dim FavTxt = File.Substring(BaseFolder.Length + 1).Replace(".url", "")

                Me.ListView.Items.Add(New MyListViewItem(FavTxt, File))

            Next

            For Each FolderName In FavoriteFolders

                Dim FavTxt = "Folder: " + FolderName.Substring(BaseFolder.Length + 1)

                Me.ListView.Items.Add(New MyListViewItem(FavTxt, FolderName, True))

            Next

            If GetFavoritesFolder() <> BaseFolder Then

                Me.ListView.Items.Add(New MyListViewItem("..[Parent]", System.IO.Path.GetDirectoryName(BaseFolder), True))

            End If

            If Me.ListView.Items.Count > 0 Then ' if there are any

                Me.ListView.Items(0).Selected = True    ' select 1st one

            End If

        End Sub

        Sub FavMenuItem_Click(ByVal o As MenuItem, ByVal e As System.EventArgs)

            Select Case o.Text

                Case "Go"

                    GoFavorite()

                Case "Address Bar"

                    Dim oAddrBarForm = New FormAddressBar(oPhoneBrowser)

                    If oAddrBarForm.ShowDialog() = Windows.Forms.DialogResult.OK Then

                        Me.Result = oAddrBarForm.Result

                        Me.DialogResult = Windows.Forms.DialogResult.OK

                    End If

                    Me.Close()

                Case "Add Favorite"

                    ShowAddFavoriteForm(oPhoneBrowser, o.Text)

                    FillFavList(GetFavoritesFolder)    ' refresh list

                Case "Add Folder"

                    Dim oAddNewFolder = New FormAddNewFavFolder

                    If oAddNewFolder.ShowDialog = Windows.Forms.DialogResult.OK Then

                        Dim cNewFolder = GetFavoritesFolder() + IO.Path.DirectorySeparatorChar + oAddNewFolder.txtName.Text

                        Try

                            IO.Directory.CreateDirectory(cNewFolder)

                            FillFavList(GetFavoritesFolder)    ' refresh list

                        Catch ex As Exception

                            MsgBox(cNewFolder, MsgBoxStyle.OkOnly, "Error Creating Folder")

                        End Try

                    End If

                Case "Edit"

                    Dim nIndex = Me.ListView.SelectedIndices.Item(0)

                    Dim lvItem = CType(Me.ListView.Items(nIndex), MyListViewItem)

                    If Not lvItem.fFolder Then

                        ShowAddFavoriteForm(Me.oPhoneBrowser, o.Text, lvItem.Text, GetUrlFromFavoriteFile(lvItem.Tag), lvItem.Tag)

                    End If

                Case "Delete"

                    Dim nIndex = Me.ListView.SelectedIndices.Item(0)

                    Dim lvItem = CType(Me.ListView.Items(nIndex), MyListViewItem)

                    Try

                        If lvItem.fFolder Then

                            IO.Directory.Delete(lvItem.Tag)

                        Else

                            IO.File.Delete(lvItem.Tag)

                        End If

                    Catch ex As Exception

                        MsgBox(lvItem.Tag, MsgBoxStyle.OkOnly, "Error Deleting Folder")

                    End Try

                    FillFavList(GetFavoritesFolder)    ' refresh list

                Case "Cancel"

                    Me.DialogResult = Windows.Forms.DialogResult.Cancel

            End Select

        End Sub

        Function GetUrlFromFavoriteFile(ByVal cFile As String)

            '[InternetShortcut]

            'URL=http://mobile.msn.com/pocketpc

            Dim cUrl = ""

            Dim fHandle = System.IO.File.OpenText(cFile)

            Do While Not fHandle.EndOfStream

                Dim cLine = fHandle.ReadLine

                If cLine.StartsWith("URL=") Then

                    cUrl = cLine.Substring(4)

                    Me.Close()

                    Me.DialogResult = Windows.Forms.DialogResult.OK

                    Exit Do

                End If

            Loop

            fHandle.Close()

            Return cUrl

        End Function

        Sub GoFavorite()

            If Me.ListView.SelectedIndices.Count = 1 Then

                Dim nIndex = Me.ListView.SelectedIndices.Item(0)

                Dim lvItem = CType(Me.ListView.Items(nIndex), MyListViewItem)

                If lvItem.fFolder Then

                    FillFavList(lvItem.Tag)

                Else

                    Result = GetUrlFromFavoriteFile(lvItem.Tag)

                End If

            End If

        End Sub

        Private Sub ListView_Click1(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles ListView.Click

            GoFavorite()

        End Sub

        Private Sub ListView_KeyDown(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Windows.Forms.KeyEventArgs) Handles ListView.KeyDown

            If e.KeyCode = Keys.Enter Then

                GoFavorite()

            End If

        End Sub

 

        Class FormAddNewFavFolder

            Inherits Form

            Dim lblName As New Label

            Public txtName As New TextBox

            Sub New()

                AddCtrl(Me, lblName, 0, "Name:")

                AddCtrl(Me, txtName, 30, "")

                Me.Menu = New MainMenu

                Me.Text = "Add Folder to Favorites"

                Dim mItem = New MyMenuItem("Add", Me.Menu.MenuItems, AddressOf AddFolderMenuItemClick)

                mItem = New MyMenuItem("Cancel", Me.Menu.MenuItems, AddressOf AddFolderMenuItemClick)

            End Sub

            Sub AddFolderMenuItemClick(ByVal o As MyMenuItem, ByVal e As System.EventArgs)

                Select Case o.Text

                    Case "Add"

                        If Me.txtName.Text.Length > 0 Then

                            Me.DialogResult = Windows.Forms.DialogResult.OK

                        End If

                    Case "Cancel"

                        Me.DialogResult = Windows.Forms.DialogResult.Cancel

                End Select

                Me.Close()

            End Sub

        End Class   'FormAddNewFavFolder

    End Class   'FormFavorites

    Shared Function AddCtrl(ByVal oForm As Form, ByVal oCtrl As Windows.Forms.Control, ByVal nTop As Integer, ByVal cText As String) As Control

        oCtrl.Top = nTop

        oCtrl.Left = 10

        oCtrl.Width = 300

        oCtrl.Text = cText

        oCtrl.Visible = True

        oForm.Controls.Add(oCtrl)

        Return oCtrl

    End Function

    Class FormAddToFavorites

        Inherits Form

        Dim lblName As New Label

        Dim txtName As New TextBox

        Dim lblAddr As New Label

        Dim txtAddr As New TextBox

        Dim lblFolder As New Label

        Dim cboFolder As New ComboBox

        Dim cOrigFileName As String = ""

        Sub New(ByVal FavTitle As String, ByVal cUrl As String, ByVal cTitle As String, _

                ByVal cOrigFileName As String)

            Me.cOrigFileName = cOrigFileName

            AddCtrl(Me, lblName, 0, "Name:")

            AddCtrl(Me, txtName, 30, FavTitle)

            AddCtrl(Me, lblAddr, 60, "Address(URL):")

            AddCtrl(Me, txtAddr, 90, cUrl)

            AddCtrl(Me, lblFolder, 120, "Folder:")

            cboFolder.Items.Add("Favorites")

            Me.Text = cTitle

            Dim FavoriteFolder = GetFavoritesFolder()

            Dim FavoriteSubFolders = IO.Directory.GetDirectories(FavoriteFolder)

            For Each FolderName In FavoriteSubFolders

                cboFolder.Items.Add(FolderName.Substring(FavoriteFolder.Length + 1))

            Next

            AddCtrl(Me, cboFolder, 150, "Favorites")

            txtAddr.Width = 300

            txtAddr.SelectionStart = cUrl.Length

            Me.Menu = New MainMenu

            Dim mItem = New MyMenuItem("Done", Me.Menu.MenuItems, AddressOf AddFavMenuItemClick)

            mItem = New MyMenuItem("Cancel", Me.Menu.MenuItems, AddressOf AddFavMenuItemClick)

        End Sub

        Sub AddFavMenuItemClick(ByVal o As MyMenuItem, ByVal e As System.EventArgs)

            Select Case o.Text

                Case "Done"

                    If cOrigFileName.Length > 0 Then

                        IO.File.Delete(cOrigFileName)

                    End If

                    Dim cPath = GetFavoritesFolder()

                    If cboFolder.Text <> "Favorites" Then   ' only 1 level deep supported

                        cPath += IO.Path.DirectorySeparatorChar + cboFolder.Text

                    End If

                    cPath += IO.Path.DirectorySeparatorChar + Me.txtName.Text + ".url"

                    Dim fs = IO.File.CreateText(cPath)

                    fs.WriteLine("[InternetShortcut]")

                    fs.WriteLine("URL=" + Me.txtAddr.Text)

                    fs.Close()

                    Me.DialogResult = Windows.Forms.DialogResult.OK

                Case "Cancel"

                    Me.DialogResult = Windows.Forms.DialogResult.Cancel

            End Select

            Me.Close()

        End Sub

    End Class

    Class MyListViewItem

        Inherits ListViewItem

        Public fFolder As Boolean

        Sub New(ByVal cItem As String, Optional ByVal oTag As Object = Nothing, Optional ByVal IsFolder As Boolean = False)

            Me.Tag = oTag

            Me.Text = cItem

            fFolder = IsFolder

        End Sub

    End Class

End Class

 

End of Code