How can I use selenium for simulating the “mouse over” action?

48    Asked by DylanPowell in QA Testing , Asked on Feb 21, 2024

 I am currently asked for a particular task that is related to automating a web-based application where hovering the mouse over a specific element triggers a drop-down menu to appear. Explain to me how can I use the selenium tool to simulate this “mouse over” action and interact with the elements in the drop-down menu. 

Answered by Deirdre Cameron

 In the context of selenium, you can simulate a “mouse over” action in the tool of selenium, also known as hovering by using the class of “ActionChains”. Here is how you can achieve this in Python programming language:-

From selenium import webdriver

From selenium.webdriver.common.action_chains import ActionChains

# Initialize the WebDriver (assuming Chrome in this example)
Driver = webdriver.Chrome()
# Open the webpage
# Find the element to hover over
Element_to_hover_over = driver.find_element_by_xpath(“//div[@id=’hover_element’]”)
# Create an ActionChains object
Actions = ActionChains(driver)
# Perform the mouse-over action
# Now the dropdown menu should appear, and you can interact with its elements
# For example, find an element in the dropdown menu and click on it
Dropdown_element = driver.find_element_by_xpath(“//ul[@id=’dropdown_menu’]//li[@id=’menu_item’]”)

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