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Get URL Webpage Title With VBA Function

By Chris Newman •  Updated: 02/12/23 •  5 min read
VBA code snippet to get webpage title

What This VBA Code Does

Manually copying and pasting website titles can be tedious, error-prone, and time-consuming. However, by writing a VBA macro function to automate this task, you can save valuable time and eliminate potential errors.

This VBA function can be particularly useful for web researchers, content creators, or marketing professionals who need to collect and analyze data from various websites, and want to streamline the process of extracting webpage titles into an Excel spreadsheet via the webpage URL.

Scraping webpage URLs and Titles into Excel with VBA code function

VBA Code:

This VBA function will allow you to point to an Excel spreadsheet cell that stores a webpage URL.

If you are looking to pull webpages all from a single domain, you may opt to use the Domain variable within the function to shorten the URL paths you have on your spreadsheet. Otherwise, your cell values will need to have the entire URL path as their value.

Function GetWebpageTitle(cell As Range)
'PURPOSE: Excel Function to pull-in Webpage Title
'SOURCE: www.thespreadsheetguru.com

Dim URL As String
Dim Domain As String
Dim ReceivedHTML As String
Dim TitleTag_Start As Long
Dim TitleTag_End As Long
Dim Title As String
Dim objHttp As Object

'Domain Address to Prefix URL input (optional)
  Domain = "https://www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com"

'Full URL Path
  URL = Domain & cell.Value

'Create HTTP Call
  On Error GoTo InvalidDomain
    Set objHttp = CreateObject("MSXML2.ServerXMLHTTP")
    objHttp.Open "GET", URL, False
    objHttp.Send ""
    DoEvents
  On Error GoTo 0

'Store URL Page HTML Code
  ReceivedHTML = objHttp.ResponseText

'Search for Title Tags
  TitleTag_Start = InStr(1, UCase(ReceivedHTML), "")

'Isolate Text Within Title Tags (if applicable)
  If TitleTag_Start > 0 And TitleTag_End > 0 Then
    TitleTag_Start = TitleTag_Start + Len("<TITLE>")
    Title = Mid(ReceivedHTML, TitleTag_Start, TitleTag_End - TitleTag_Start)
  End If

'Title Text Cleanup
  Title = Replace(Title, "&amp;", "&")
  Title = Replace(Title, "&#39;", "'")
  Title = Replace(Title, "&quot;", Chr(34))

'Output Result
  GetWebpageTitle = Title

'Reset Object Variable(s)
  Set objHttp = Nothing

Exit Function

'ERROR MESSAGES
InvalidDomain:
  'Output Error Value
    GetWebpageTitle = "Invalid Domain or URL Address"
  
  'Reset Object Variable(s)
    Set objHttp = Nothing

End Function

Using VBA Code Found On The Internet

Now that you’ve found some VBA code that could potentially solve your Excel automation problem, what do you do with it? If you don’t necessarily want to learn how to code VBA and are just looking for the fastest way to implement this code into your spreadsheet, I wrote an article (with video) that explains how to get the VBA code you’ve found running on your spreadsheet.

Getting Started Automating Excel

Are you new to VBA and not sure where to begin? Check out my quickstart guide to learning VBA. This article won’t overwhelm you with fancy coding jargon, as it provides you with a simplistic and straightforward approach to the basic things I wish I knew when trying to teach myself how to automate tasks in Excel with VBA Macros.

Also, if you haven’t checked out Excel’s latest automation feature called Power Query, I have put together a beginner’s guide for automating with Excel’s Power Query feature as well! This little-known built-in Excel feature allows you to merge and clean data automatically with little to no coding!

How Do I Modify This To Fit My Specific Needs?

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I highly recommend that you check this guide out before asking me or anyone else in the comments section to solve your specific problem. I can guarantee that 9 times out of 10, one of my strategies will get you the answer(s) you are needing faster than it will take me to get back to you with a possible solution. I try my best to help everyone out, but sometimes I don't have time to fit everyone's questions in (there never seem to be quite enough hours in the day!).

I wish you the best of luck and I hope this tutorial gets you heading in the right direction!

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Chris Newman

Chris Newman

Chris is a finance professional and Excel MVP recognized by Microsoft since 2016. With his expertise, he founded TheSpreadsheetGuru blog to help fellow Excel users, where he shares his vast creative solutions & expertise. In addition, he has developed over 7 widely-used Excel Add-ins that have been embraced by individuals and companies worldwide.