I have a simple solution to search for a string within a dropdown menu, but I would like to improve the code so it allows more options, preferable storing each option as a separate entry in a list or array which I can iterate through

I get the contents using this method and assert the string exists:

var dropdown = Driver.FindElement(element);
var dropdownText = dropdown.Text;

This method works, however the problem I have is that dropdown.text is just one long string, with each element separated by "\r\n". I have tried to store them in an IList using:

IList<string> elementTexts =  Driver.FindElements(element).Select(a => a.Text).ToList();

But this gave the same results as my current method (one long string stored in a single entry in the list).

Is there a better way to perform this search or store the dropdown strings?

2 Answers 2


If you want every dropdown value in a List, try using this:

    WebElement select = driver.findElement(By.id("selection"));
    List<WebElement> options = select.findElements(By.tagName("option"));
    for (WebElement option : options) {
          // actions on every option, like extracting the value

Alternatively, convert your WebElement el to a SelectElement:

SelectElement dropdown = new SelectElement(el);

The dropdown.Options attribute will get you the same list as above.


As an alternative to the answer I accepted above, I'm now using the following code when I need to do this:

var dropdown = Driver.FindElement(element);
var optionList = new List<string>();
optionList = dropdown.Text.Split(new[] { "\r\n" }, StringSplitOptions.None).ToList();

Now I can search within the list for a string to see if it is present in the dropdown.

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