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browser.find_element_by_xpath("//a[@class='applyCustomFilter' and text() = 'Refine Search']").click()
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First store that element in object, let's say element and then write following code to click on that hidden element:

JavascriptExecutor js = (JavascriptExecutor)driver;
js.executeScript("arguments[0].click();", element);

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WebDriver doesn't allow to click on hidden elements. Nave approach is just to perform 2 clicks. First on the drop down and second on the option: click "//div[@class='dropdown']" then it will show up, and you click "//div[@class='dropdown']//a[text()='Akram']". Also there is a possibility that when performing second click, drop down option still could be hidden, in that case you need to wait for them to show up first.

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Hi based on your markup you can try getting all elements in the tag and check their contents for text match(date) alternatively an Xpath.

Here's an idea on how to go about implementing the iteration and scrolling Hope this helps

List<WebElement> options = driver.findElements(By.tagName("ul"));

    for(WebElement option: options){

        if(option.getText().equalsIgnoreCase("Date")){

            option.click();
                    }

        else{
            //TODO Scroll select or User Action

        }

    }

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You can move your mouse to the element you're talking about:

WebElement mouseBelongsHere = driver.findElement(By.id("mouseElement"));
new Actions(driver)
    .moveToElement(mouseBelongsHere)
    .perform();

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WebElement visible status can be found using isDisplayed() method if the element is present on page. If the element is not present on the page it will throw NoSuchElement exception.

if(browser.findElement(By.id("ext-gen72")).isDisplayed())
 browser.findElement(By.id("ext-gen72")).click();

If element is not present on the page once clicked, you can use below code:

int k=0;
boolean clickOnce=true;

do{
 if (clickOnce) {
  browser.findElement(By.id("ext-gen72")).click();
  clickOnce=false;
  }
  // rest of the code
}While(k>10);

I had already tried this method, its not working :(

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ExpectedConditions.presenceOfElementLocated

checks if an element is present on the DOM of a page. This does not necessarily mean that the element is visible.

try using visibilityOfElementLocated instead. This checks that an element is present on the DOM of a page and visible. Visibility means that the element is not only displayed but also has a height and width that is greater than 0.

catch (ElementNotVisibleException env) {

I don't think that this is being thrown in your case. Anyway, if you were to interact with it and the element would be hidden - this would be thrown, but not on lookup.

public boolean elementExists(By locator, WebDriver driver){
        return  (new WebDriverWait(driver, 60)
                .ignoring(NoSuchElementException.class)
                .ignoring(StaleElementReferenceException.class)
                .until(ExpectedConditions.visibilityOfElementLocated(locator))) != null;
    }

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if you want to check whether a HTML button is hidden or not just use command verifyvisible

Target:id of the button

if your button is visible it will not throw error but if it not visible it will throw error

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If the element is hidden, you can't interact through selenium. But with the javascript executor, you should be able to do something like:

((JavascriptExecutor)driver).executeScript("document.getElementById('txtSuffixTitle').innerText = 'Mr.'");

Though the test is getting passed with this code but values are not getting entered in those text boxes using innerText.

Are you sure of that? the text area is hidden.

Text area is not hidden. I can type it manually but the style property is style="display: none; visibility: hidden; I think due to this automation is unable to interact with that element.

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You can use JavaScriptExecutor

document.getElementsByClassName('post-tag')[0].click();
(JavascriptExecutor(webdriver)).executeScript("document.getElementsByClassName('post-tag')[0].click();");

Can you please elaborate a little bit.

ptor.driver.executeScript("document.getElementsByClassName('logout')[0].click();");
UnknownError: {"errorMessage":"'undefined' is not a function (evaluating 'document.getElementsByClassName('logout')[0].click()')"

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For example $('.targetClass')

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Try use WebDriverWait, it makes no sense talking about visibility now, because the exception is NoSuchElementException, which means the element is not there. After resolve this exception, then we can move through talking about visibility.

driver.switchTo().frame(0); // use this if it's in frame and you don't know how to locate it
WebElement input = (new WebDriverWait(driver, 15)).until(ExpectedConditions.presenceOfElementLocated(By.id("qt_invoices_text1")));

Also just a heads up, don't use Thread.Sleep(), use WebDriverWait please.

Yes, sorry I forgot to include the exception. The element is visible in the page, but it seems the webdriver can't see it. I get the NoSuchElementException

@user2456513: In that case update your question with stacktrace and your Java code. Have you used WebDriverWait and is it in any kind of frames?

Updated. I dont think waiting has anything to do with it, the problem is that webdriver can't view these elements at all. It is not in a frame just in the <div> mainContent (see html)

@user2456513: NoSuchElementException measn not found, this is even before talking visibility.

I think it might have something to do with frames. see update

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Need some wait, while executing the script your application takes some time to load the hidden element meanwhile selenium goes one step ahead & try to find the element but element not found because this element not yet loaded so, it check once and thrown an exception. use WebDriverWait take advantage over Thread.Sleep().

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There is a easier way to work around the problem using JavascriptExecutor.

document.getElementsByClassName('post-tag')[0].click();

The above javascript would click on the "Selenium" tag on the top right of this page (next to your question), even if it were hidden (hypothetically).

All you need to do is issue this JS instruction via the JavascriptExecutor interface like so:

(JavascriptExecutor(webdriver)).executeScript("document.getElementsByClassName('post-tag')[0].click();");

This would use the JS sandbox and synthetic click event to perform the click action. Although it defeats the purpose of WebDriver user activity simulation, you can use it in niche scenarios like in your case to good effect.

thanks, but most of them i have used xpath like //input[@value='xxx']

That's not by point. Any locator would locate any hidden element, XPath, CSS, id or whatever. I was suggesting you use JSExecutor to bypass WebDriver smartness. Did you try it? Did it work for you? You can continue using XPath locator to locate a WebElement and pass it into the JS script which will click the passed-in element.

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You have two approaches. Selenium has been specifically written to NOT allow interaction with hidden elements. The rational is that if a person cannot perform that action, then neither should Selenium. Therefore, to perform the click via Selenium, you must perform the action a user would do to make that button visible (e.g mouse over event, click another element, etc) then perform the click once visible.

However, Selenium does allow you to execute Javascript within the context of an element, so you could write Javascript to perform the click event even if it is hidden.

My preference is to always try and perform the actions to make the button visible

overflow: hidden

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overflow:hidden

does not always mean that the element is hidden or non existent in the DOM, it means that the overflowing chars that do not fit in the element are being trimmed. Basically it means that do not show scrollbar even if it should be showed, so in your case the link with text

could possibly be shown as "Plastic Spir..." or similar. So it is possible, that this linkText indeed is non existent.

So you can probably try:

driver.findElement(By.partialLinkText("Plastic ")).click();
//a[contains(@title, \"Plastic Spiral Bind\")]

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Try this workaround(tested in Firefox and Chrome):

from selenium import webdriver
from selenium.common.exceptions import NoSuchElementException

browser = webdriver.Firefox() # Get local session(use webdriver.Chrome() for chrome) 
browser.get("http://www.example.com") # load page from some url
assert "example" in browser.title # assume example.com has string "example" in title

try:
    # temporarily make parent(assuming its id is parent_id) visible
    browser.execute_script("document.getElementById('parent_id').style.display='block'")
    # now the following code won't raise ElementNotVisibleException any more
    browser.find_element_by_xpath("//input[@itemcode='XYZ']").send_keys(1)
    # hide the parent again
    browser.execute_script("document.getElementById('parent_id').style.display='none'")
except NoSuchElementException:
    assert 0, "can't find input with XYZ itemcode"

Another workaround is even simpler(assuming the text box's id is "XYZ", otherwise use any JS code that can retrieve it) and probably better if you only want to change the text box's value:

browser.execute_script("document.getElementById('XYZ').value+='1'")

what if the element has an id that keeps changing? can we find it by class name or css selector and then make it visible?

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If all you want is to access the children elements you can also use xpath's //div[@class='Class']/child::div where you can change the classname and the child type. If you are wanting to access all children of the parent element you can return a list of elements that match your selector as below:

ReadOnlyCollection<IWebElement> elements = _driver.FindElements(By.XPath("//div[@class='ClassName']/child::div"));

At this point, yes, if you can access the element you should be able to access the innerHTML. Note that I have written my code in C#, which I believe is what your code is in too.

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In your last example, it looks to me like you have the right idea with using the 'style.visibility' tag. Another thing that I would recommend trying is using "ExpectedConditions.visibilityOfElementLocatedBy" method. Usually I use "presenceOfElementLocatedBy", but if you are talking about the css visibility property, I think using "visibilityOfElementLocatedBy" is the way to go. I think what might be happening for you is that you need the wait condition on the element object you are trying to get a hold of and the "ExpectedCondtions" method should give you what you need. I see that you have tried a few things but you haven't listed using a Wait condition. No guarantees, but you should try it:

WebDriverWait wait = new WebDriverWait(driver, 60); 
    wait.until(ExpectedConditions.visibilityOfElementLocated(
         By.xpath(".//whatever")))

Thanks for replying. I have actually used implicitlyWait method. Also, I tried a sleep method of 20 seconds after the modal box is displayed. I think 20 seconds is a fair enough time for an element to be displayed. However, visibilityOfElementLocatedBy also failed as it seems it never changes to visible.

I think the way you are doing the JavaScript executor could be improved. Also, you could try getting your element using the ByChained By locator, in a 2-step process. Break your test down into a larger number of smaller test steps and you will more likely find the problem.

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You can use any derivation of the storeVisible command.

Most notably, assertVisible and waitForVisible have been useful for me in the past.

Then, how to use it. It's better to post a simple example in your answers, so that reader won't spend couple of minutes more searching for that waitForVisible. Thank you.

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