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What is the best way to do Ctrl+click on a DOM element?

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A Google search of "webdriver ctrl click" turned up this result:

Ctrl+click requires three actions: a send_keys action to press the CTRL key, then a click action, and then another send_keys action to release the CTRL key.

  • Thanks. What I'm confused about is that send_keys is done with respect to an element (i.e. element.send_keys). What element should I choose here?
    – Randomblue
    Jan 23, 2012 at 17:17
  • The wording of the original question suggests you already have an element in mind. Are you asking how to identify that element to Webdriver?
    – user246
    Jan 24, 2012 at 2:11
  • Well the element to do the click on is determined. But there is no specific element listening to the "Ctrl" event.
    – Randomblue
    Jan 24, 2012 at 9:11
  • The answer may depend upon which event propagation model you use, but I believe you can direct the CTRL key press/release to the body element.
    – user246
    Jan 24, 2012 at 15:13

for clicking on the link which expected to be opened from new tab use this

WebDriver driver = new ChromeDriver(); 
WebElement element=driver.findElement(By.xpath("path_to_link")); 

Actions actions = new Actions(driver); 

ArrayList<String> tab = new ArrayList<>(driver.getWindowHandles()); 

I think your best bet is to use Actions which is described here:


You will want to execute the key_down action (for the CONTROL key), then the click action, then the key_up action.

The key codes for non-letter keys are listed here: https://selenium-python.readthedocs.io/api.html#module-selenium.webdriver.common.action_chains


The element is nothing but the variable to find the properties of the object so we are using WebElement to find it

WebElement obj = findElement(By.Xpath("")).click(); 

If you guys want to click submit button you can use code obi.submit(). This code navigates to the next page. It acts as the button click().

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