I have the following element on a page:

<div class="valueDisplay"><span>Untitled</span></div>

I need to clear "Untitled" and enter my value - "MyValue".

I have the following WebElement:

@FindBy(how = How.XPATH, using = "//div[@class='valueDisplay']//span")
private WebElement inputElement;

I tried the following:

Using JS:

JavascriptExecutor js = (JavascriptExecutor) driver;
js.executeScript("arguments[0].innerHTML='" + "MyValue" + "'", inputElement);


Value in the input is changed, but when I click somewhere (even click on this element) on the page or click Save, old value is presented.

Using Send keys:



org.openqa.selenium.ElementNotInteractableException: element not interactable

  • Is this a form? It sounds like you're interacting with the display elements of the form, but there's probably an actual form with fields somewhere that you need to be altering instead. HTML source would definitely help here.
    – anonygoose
    Mar 1, 2019 at 12:26
  • @anonygoose, html code was provided in the post. Visually it looks like this: i.piccy.info/i9/d6baf8aad8ccab93131a0f4c32d018ee/1551443799/…
    – Artur
    Mar 1, 2019 at 12:33
  • There's not enough HTML there for me to know whether there's a real form you should be interacting with. I'll answer under the assumption that there is one.
    – anonygoose
    Mar 1, 2019 at 12:36
  • @Artur - can you provide updated java script code as having similar issue..
    – Vin
    Feb 23, 2022 at 23:45

3 Answers 3


If it's a web form there's going to be an underlying form with a set of fields. You should interact with these inputs instead.

Enter a unique value into the field manually, and then search for that value using your browsers dev tools/inspector. This should allow you to locate the real form and fields, rather than the display elements. Once you find the input, you should be able to use sendKeys on it, or otherwise inject a value using if not.


Normally the way I debug this is through trial and error with either my test or directly in the browser. You can do this in Chrome by opening DevTools, opening the console and typing these values to see if it finds something. Since I don't have that option you can try yourself.

Using JavaScript you should be able to set or overwrite the value with:

document.querySelector('.valueDisplay span').value = 'MyValue';

Or you can use JQuery (if your browser supports it):

$('.valueDisplay span').value("MyValue");

In these examples I'm using CSS / class names instead of XPath. (I personaly find it more readble). Also make sure there are no duplicates on the page.


I found the issue, if input is not focused, there is a following html code:

<div class="editValue"><div class="valueDisplay"><span>Untitled</span></div></div>

If input is focused here is a html code:

<div class="editValue"><div class="valueDisplay"><span class="invisible">Untitled</span></div><input class="valueEdit"></div>

And I sent value to input, value in span is changed.

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