Python-selenium documentation has examples of locating elements based on id, class, name, xpath, etc.

How would I go about locating elements based on the click location from the mouse?

  • Can you give an example scenario?
    – Alexey R.
    Commented Feb 5, 2020 at 22:14
  • What are you trying to accomplish? The x/y coordinates? Because you normally don't locate elements based on a mouse click location.
    – Lee Jensen
    Commented Feb 5, 2020 at 23:30
  • Is this useful: stackoverflow.com/questions/6775351/…?
    – Mate Mrše
    Commented Apr 6, 2020 at 12:38

2 Answers 2


I think this is what you are trying to do, the below command gets the currently active element (In your case , you will get element where the mouse is blinking )

elem = driver.switch_to.active_element

and you could also get the web element tag as

val = elem.get_attribute("outerHTML")

Print the val and you can see the html of the element identified by the click

print(val)  #this gives the full html of that particular element eg <div id="answer-42436" class="answer" data-answerid="42436" itemprop="suggestedAnswer" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Answer">
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    Please put some comments when downvoting, help others know what is the better approach than this.
    – PDHide
    Commented Feb 6, 2020 at 0:11

If you are trying to get the absolute x and y values then try this code.

# maximize the browser window so that you can get the absolute x and y based on the window inner and outer heights

# navigate to OP

# get to ask question element    
askQuestion = driver.find_element_by_link_text("Ask Question")

# get the browser panel height
panel_height = driver.execute_script('return window.outerHeight - window.innerHeight;')

# get the absolute x value    
abs_x = askQuestion.location['x']

# get y value    
y = askQuestion.location['y']
abs_y = y + panel_height

# print x and y values
print ("Absolute x : " + abs_x)
print ("Absolute y : " + abs_y)

Also, you can try this using this

  • Hello, @user43474 have you tried?
    – Meet
    Commented Feb 7, 2020 at 13:18

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