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Deselect the selected element

<select id="SelectedCustomerRoleIds" multiple="multiple" name="SelectedCustomerRoleIds" data-role="multiselect" aria-disabled="false" style="display: none;" xpath="1">
<option value="1">Administrators</option>
<option value="2">Forum Moderators</option>
<option value="4">Guests</option>
<option value="3" selected="" style="">Registered</option>
<option value="5">Vendors</option></select>

I have tried the following code to deselect option 3 - Registered and select option 4 - Guests.

WebElement element= driver.findElement(By.id("SelectedCustomerRoleIds")):
Select select = new Select(element): select.deselectByValue("3"): 
select.selectByValue("4")
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    It would help if we knew why you need to deselect the selected option. There are several ways, but knowing the reason will affect which method is better for you.
    – Kate Paulk
    May 22, 2023 at 17:16
  • because to select another option i need to deselect the selected one .
    – Stive
    May 22, 2023 at 18:24
  • In that case I'd recommend editing the selected option to delete the attribute selected="" because you want to select a different option in a multi-select. It's faster than clicking the selected option to deselect it then clicking the option you want to select.
    – Kate Paulk
    May 22, 2023 at 20:53
  • Thanks for responding. this is the method I have used to deselect and select a different option but still coming with error. WebElement element= driver.findElement(By.id("SelectedCustomerRoleIds")): Select select = new Select(element): select.deselectByValue("3"): select.selectByValue("4"):
    – Stive
    May 23, 2023 at 16:21
  • What is the error you receive, and what is the language you are using?
    – Kate Paulk
    May 23, 2023 at 17:15

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There are multiple ways to select or unselect the selected element. Whereas, in test automation services most comm ways are as follow.

  1. Create a locator for the element and click on the same using different ways like action class, Java script or simple click.

  2. Usiing deselect by Text

    Select dropdown = new Select(driver.findElement(By.xpath("Locator xpath"))); dropdown.deselectByText("Registered");

  3. Deselecting using value

    Select dropdown = new Select(driver.findElement(By.xpath("Locator xpath"))); dropdown.deselectByValue("3");

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