Could someone help me to identify the correct csslocator for the second span element in the below image:

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I tried the below locators but was not able to succeed, is there anything wrong with the locator used ?

driver.FindElement(By.CssSelector("class[onclick='gotoReportView(20, 'ReportSectionc5404625cccfdb7d5563')']")).Click();

driver.FindElement(By.CssSelector("Span[onclick='gotoReportView(20, 'ReportSectionc5404625cccfdb7d5563')']")).Click();
  • The persone who mention this as "-1" please post the correct answer or else the admin need to control these kind of stupid activities on giving permissions to beginners to mark a question as"-1"
    – ChathuD
    Jan 9, 2020 at 11:22

2 Answers 2


I would like to suggest a different way to get to the element that I use a lot. It might be slower, because it does mutliple FindElement(s) calls, but it is so much more readable and understandable.

var container = driver.FindElement(By.ClassName("items-container"));
var spans = container.FindElements(By.TagName("span"))

You find the div and then search for elements within the div and then take the second one to interact with.

  • Wow,That was a quick answer and a correct answer,Thank You!.
    – ChathuD
    Jan 9, 2020 at 9:35
  • But I was hardly looking for a CSSSelector. :(
    – ChathuD
    Jan 9, 2020 at 9:36

Your css locator is wrong:

driver.FindElement(By.CssSelector("class[onclick='gotoReportView(20, 'ReportSectionc5404625cccfdb7d5563')']")).Click();

driver.FindElement(By.CssSelector("Span[onclick='gotoReportView(20, 'ReportSectionc5404625cccfdb7d5563')']")).Click();

The format for css locator is ,

  1. tag[attribute='value']
  2. tag.classname
  3. tag#id
  4. Tag>Tag (direct child)
  5. tag tag (in direct child , equvalent to /tag//tag in xpath)
  6. tag[attribute*='value'] ( Similar to contains in xpath, it search for partial match)
  7. tag[attribute^='value'] ( find attribute that start with particular value)

So the correct css locator is:

driver.FindElement(By.CssSelector("span[onclick=\"gotoReportView(20, \'ReportSectionc5404625cccfdb7d5563\')\"]")).Click();


 driver.FindElement(By.CssSelector("span[class='item'][onclick=\"gotoReportView(20, \'ReportSectionc5404625cccfdb7d5563\')\"]")).Click();

Note: you should escape the quotes (\') as there are quotes within the locator

And also use " quotes for the value Eg "[attribute=\"somthing(\'something\')\"]"

So just use the locator as it is in the DOM, and escape inner quotes using '\'

  • I tryed but its not working fine.Im getting below error.An exception of type 'OpenQA.Selenium.InvalidSelectorException' occurred in WebDriver.dll but was not handled in user code Additional information: invalid selector: An invalid or illegal selector was specified
    – ChathuD
    Jan 9, 2020 at 11:05
  • For the 1st one - Additional information: no such element: Unable to locate element: {"method":"css selector","selector":"span[onclick='gotoReportView(20, "ReportSectionc5404625cccfdb7d5563")']"} Let me try the 2nd one, Any way thank you very much for your valuable effort.
    – ChathuD
    Jan 9, 2020 at 11:25
  • Same error for the 2nd option too.--An exception of type 'OpenQA.Selenium.NoSuchElementException' occurred in WebDriver.dll but was not handled in user code Additional information: no such element: Unable to locate element: {"method":"css selector","selector":"span[class='item'][onclick='gotoReportView(20, "ReportSectionc5404625cccfdb7d5563")']"}
    – ChathuD
    Jan 9, 2020 at 11:27
  • Let me look into this
    – PDHide
    Jan 9, 2020 at 11:27
  • No isses ,I will stick to Niels van Reijmersdal's replay.
    – ChathuD
    Jan 9, 2020 at 11:28

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