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I need to click on the above button just using


. I have tried with ;

> IWebElement el4m =
> Driver.FindElement(By.CssSelector("input[type='button'][contain='Search']"));
> IWebElement el4m =
> Driver.FindElement(By.CssSelector("input[type='button'][innerText='Search']"));
> IWebElement el4m =
> Driver.FindElement(By.CssSelector("input[type='button'][textContent='Search']"));

But nothing works fine. Can some 1 please advice me a correct CSSSelector for above button.

  • How can i know who make this as "-1" post :D
    – ChathuD
    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:09

3 Answers 3


Selecting by visible text is only possible via xpath. That being said you can use the class selectors provided above, or create a more specific one, using the onclick parameter, i.e. :

By.CssSelector("button[onclick='new UserManagement().LoadExcelExportSearchResult();']")

If you want to stick with text, you need to capture all button elements and iterate a list of them, then select the one you want via Webelement.GetText().Contains() method.

  • This works so fine @Moro
    – ChathuD
    Dec 9, 2019 at 4:24

Hi css selector does not support using contained text as a identifier :


you could use xpath to find element using text

In your case , all your css locators are incorrect:

  1. the tag you are using is button and not input, so it should start with input
  2. There is no attribute called "type" in your given element

Valid format is :

The valid format is tag[attribute="value"]

so in this case it would be

  1. button[class="buttondefault"]
  2. button[class="buttondefault"][onclick="blabla"]
  3. button.buttondefault[onclick="blabla"] ( you can find element by class using tag.classvalue instead of tag[class="classvalue"])
  • Thanks,This explain me lot.
    – ChathuD
    Dec 9, 2019 at 4:01
  • Driver.FindElement(By.CssSelector("button[class*=buttondefault]")); using wildcard selector (*) which means if the class attribute has this proprety at any place it will find this element or
  • Driver.FindElement(By.CssSelector("button[class^=buttondefault]")); using caveat selector to find elements starting with "buttondefault" attribute or
  • Driver.FindElement(By.CssSelector("button[class=buttondefault]")); using = to find elements having class attribute equal to buttondefault
  • This works fine. Thanks for the idea @Prome
    – ChathuD
    Dec 9, 2019 at 3:59
  • I just edited the answer from @Astaqc Consulting .
    – Prome
    Dec 10, 2019 at 8:12

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