I would like to select an option from the Popup Menu. I tried all possible combinations.


  1. I click on a button
  2. Popup menu opens
  3. select an option from the list of options. a) Edit b) Delete

Every time I try to record this though the ID changes.

  • Yes your steps looks fine , what issue you facing? Jan 7, 2015 at 12:05
  • Thanks for taking time to help me. I tried to locate the option using its id. But the id keeps changing for each run. I'm unable to find the id of the option. I tried using xpath and //a commands too. It says element not located.
    – Divya
    Jan 7, 2015 at 12:09
  • Did you try XPATH? Jan 7, 2015 at 12:10
  • I also tried these commands Selectpopup (Popup window name) and click //a[2]/span commands.
    – Divya
    Jan 7, 2015 at 12:23
  • Actually selenium IDE as mostly issue with popup. you can try like waitForPopUp | yourwinId | 30000 selectWindow |yourwinId ... close Jan 7, 2015 at 12:26

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Check this out: Testing the popup with Selenium IDE

IDE (plain Record and Playback) will work only till an extent. When you reach that point, you will have to either start spending a lot of time adding your own commands between various recorded steps or you will have to step into the world of Selenium Webdriver. I would suggest the latter.

  • fyi, seleniumIDE is not only record and play. It's a great tool that I've used a lot without record and play. It even allows constructs such as Page Objects, etc. The only thing I avoid with the tool is... record and play Jun 2, 2017 at 13:09

Please see here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDBp6hErHlY a small example. I'd took youtube.com to show it. Pause command was added only to show that popup menu is opened

Please note:

  1. When you use Selenium IDE in some cases you can choose one of several options in "target" field

  2. Sometimes tail could be removed. I'd try to remove /button but it should be in displayed case

In general, "it depends" which locator you should select. It could be /a[1] link (but if there a lot of links on page - you should define XPath carefully - please study tutorials about XPath), it could be /li[1] elements, it could be (//button[@type='button'][1]) and other kind of XPath.


I would suggest minimize usage of your's Selenium IDE instead of try to write your own code , i would help you in that process. please provide me your HTML code for popup.


Every time I try to record this though the ID changes.

On some websites the ID of a button (or an element in general) is changing between different page loads (dynamic ID). This means the test case macro will fail at replay as the button has a new ID after each page refresh.

Solution: Typically some part of the ID remains constant e. g. post-123456 and post-555555. We can use XPath's starts-with or contains functions to search just for the stable part of the ID. So the selector will be something like this: //*[contains(@id, 'post-')].

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