Scenario: To search and select the first destination location that matches the input string using the below code.

Code snippet:

driver = new ChromeDriver();

driver.manage().timeouts().implicitlyWait(10, TimeUnit.SECONDS);




WebElement Depfield = driver.findElement(By.xpath("//div[contains(@class,'active')]//*[@name='Departure airport']"));





Depfield.sendKeys(Keys.RETURN); }

Issue: The instruction Depfield.sendKeys(Keys.ARROW_DOWN) is actually moving the cursor to the bottom of the search drop down list instead of the first matched option. As a result, no option is being selected by the following instruction - Depfield.sendKeys(Keys.RETURN). I have tried with for loop to go one option after the other but it didn't work.

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New Update: New result

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Request: Can anyone help me in resolving this issue?

  • it works for me ,it selecting Lagos nigeria
    – PDHide
    Apr 10, 2020 at 7:55
  • Hi Friend. Thank you for the response. I have run the code multiple times but it never selected Lagos Nigeria. Am I missing anything here? Apr 10, 2020 at 8:10
  • I have attached the screenshot of my latest results. Apr 10, 2020 at 8:12
  • sorry my mistake, ya you are right
    – PDHide
    Apr 10, 2020 at 8:28

1 Answer 1


The below code works:




I think the keypress is not released until another keypress is provided, so for clicking second element use:


You can use actions class also:



        Actions builder = new Actions(driver);
        Action drawAction = builder.sendKeys(Keys.ARROW_DOWN)
  • You are a genius, my friend! It has worked now with your code. What a big sigh of relief. Thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge. Sure, I will try with actions class too. Apr 10, 2020 at 8:58
  • Could you upvote also, by clicking the up arrow near to my answer
    – PDHide
    Apr 10, 2020 at 8:59
  • May I ask you to explain in detail (if possible) why my code didn't work? Am I not supposed to use the keys like that? Apr 10, 2020 at 9:00
  • As i mentioned, I think the keypress is not released until another keypress is provided, I saw the focus going all the way to the end of the drop-down. I am not much sure
    – PDHide
    Apr 10, 2020 at 9:01
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    No problem friend. I have upvoted this answer and yesterday's answer too. Apr 10, 2020 at 9:02

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