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Keyboard operations in Selenium WebDriver

The Keys class library allows us to reference the non alphabet/ text keys on the keyboard. This applies to keyboard keys like the ARROW keys, ALT, CTRL etc. Of course for text entries like "John", we can simply write:


WebElementVariable.sendKeys("John");

The following codes will call the browser, load the google website and then simulate making an entry of "1999" into the search text box.


import org.openqa.selenium.By;
import org.openqa.selenium.Keys;
import org.openqa.selenium.WebDriver;
import org.openqa.selenium.WebElement;
import org.openqa.selenium.firefox.FirefoxDriver;

public class KeyboardOperations {
         public static void main(String[] args) {
                WebDriver driver = new FirefoxDriver();
                driver.navigate().to("http://www.google.co.uk"); // Actual loading of website
               System.out.println("Make entries into Google Search using keyboard actions");
               WebElement searchInput = driver.findElement(By.className("gbqfif"));
               String allKeys = ""+ Keys.NUMPAD1 + Keys.NUMPAD9 + Keys.NUMPAD9 + Keys.NUMPAD9; // 1 + 9 + 9 + 9
               allKeys = allKeys + Keys.ENTER; // now add the ENTER key. We could also have done it above
               searchInput.sendKeys(allKeys); // send the key presses into the text box
        }
}

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