10 Selenium Webdriver Howtos for Automation Testers

Hi friends, we were just away for a while, preparing to bring something new which can help you in Selenium Webdriver automation. So here we are with the ten essential Selenium Webdriver howtos that many of us face in real-time.

These howtos would not only assist you in testing projects but get you ready for the job interviews at the same time. So carefully read all the points made in this post and then read these 35 Selenium interview questions to accelerate your preparation.

Also, you might have seen that merely reading Selenium Webdriver tutorials isn’t going to turn you into an automation geek. Because there are a no. of technical issues we as automation testers face in ongoing projects. And most of the tutorials miss on addressing such common problems.

Hence, we did a trial, researched, and rinsed the ten problems that most automation tester encounters in their work. And finally, this post on ten Selenium Webdriver howtos came through.

But, before you go on reading the ten howtos, please make sure you also read the top 20 Selenium Webdriver coding tips either before or after going through this post.

Hey, suddenly this idea popped up in our mind that why don’t we first share a sample before you see through this whole post. So let’s face the first of the Selenium Webdriver howtos.

It is about handling the web tables where we will show how to query a table to fetch data from its cells.

The above code is useful and probably you can snap it for one of your projects. If you share the same view, then also check out the ten other pieces of the Selenium Webdriver howtos. Since you may not know when would you need them, so bookmark this post for referring in future as well.

1- How to use Selenium Webdriver to click Google search?
2- What to do when the click doesn’t work in Selenium Webdriver?
3- How to simulate mouseover in Selenium Webdriver?
4- How to open a URL in the new tab with Selenium WebDriver?
5- How to use Selenium Webdriver to extract data from the PDF files?
6- How to get element by XPath using JavaScript in Selenium WebDriver?
7- How to select the drop down option in Selenium Webdriver?
8- How to select all the dropdown values using Selenium WebDriver?
9- How to get all the child of an element using Webdriver?
10- How to get the visible text of a page with Selenium Webdriver?

Selenium Webdriver Howtos Every Automation Tester Should Know.

So let’s begin to understand the common problems in Selenium automation that we might face and how to solve them.

💡 1- How to use Selenium Webdriver to click Google search?

Since Google optimizes their CSS and JS scripts, so you can’t purely rely on using them as locators. Moreover, it adds the search links dynamically on the result page. So you have to use a smart wait for the page to show all the results.

 

💡 2- What to do when the click doesn’t work in Selenium Webdriver?

First of all, you need to check that the element you are clicking is present on the target page. Then, you can try using the below code.

 

💡 3- How to simulate mouseover in Selenium Webdriver?

Since it’s not realistic to achieve <mouse hover> in Selenium Webdriver but we can sequence all the actions in one go. It will give the same effect as mouseover would have.

Here is the three-line code you can use.

 

💡 4- How to open a URL in the new tab with Selenium WebDriver?

Here is the Selenium Webdriver code snippet that will help in opening the new tab.

It’ll open the page in a new tab.

If you wish to move to the new tab, then use the below code.

 

💡 5- How to use Selenium Webdriver to extract data from the PDF files?

Probably, you’ve heard it many times that you need to check a page which loads the PDF.

Here is the code to verify the online PDF file. But you first need to download the Apache PDF library.

 

💡 6- How to get element by XPath using JavaScript in Selenium WebDriver?

Here is an easy way to retrieve the XPath using JS. Just use the JS <document.evaluate> method to fetch the XPath.

Next, you may have to call the above JavaScript function from the Webdriver code. So use the <JavascriptExecutor> as given below.

 

💡 7- How to select the drop down option in Selenium Webdriver?

Use the following Webdriver code. It’ll help in selecting the options based on the label.

Also, you can add the below code to get the first selected value.

 

💡 8- How to select all the dropdown values using Selenium WebDriver?

Here is the code to select all values from the drop down.

 

💡 9- How to get all the child of an element using Webdriver?

You can query all the child of an element in Selenium Webdriver by using both the XPath and the CSS.

 

💡 10- How to get the visible text of a page with Selenium Webdriver?

You need to run through the following steps to get the visible text.

  • Call <By.tagName(“body”)> to select the top element in the DOM.
  • Next, use the <getText()> methods on the same element. It will return the desired visible text.

 

Final Word.

If you have any questions about the Selenium Webdriver howtos, then please feel free to ask them. Also, if you want to share some of yours, then let us know. We’ll get them added to this post and mention your reference there.

So enjoy reading and keep learning.

 

All the Best,

TechBeamers.

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