The application that am working on was recently revamped and as part of that a new JQuery calendar was introduced. I need to click on a link in the calendar to select the time and date. However, Selenium.click is not working. The command gets executed, but nothing happens on the screen.

To check whether my XPATH/CSS locator (I tried both) is correct, I added selenium.getText(locator) and selenium.highlight(locator) commands. Both worked!. No issues in that. Its ONLY the click that is not working.

Upon checking in firebug, I could see that the div on which I am trying to click is kind of grayed out state. Does it meant that element is disabled? See the screenshot of the firebug below.

I also tried to run the same command in Selenium IDE. In IDE this works "sometimes".

I am running this test using Selenium 1.xx.

I did one more thing as part of debugging. During the test run, I opened the Selenium IDE in the browser so that it records what actions are happening. IDE recorded all actions till this click. But I couldn't see anything in the IDE when the click command was executed. Any idea guys, what would be cause?

Has anyone faced a similar issue before? Any help would be appreciated!!!

EDIT Added screenshot of the calendar. The calendar comes up like a popup on top of the existing window. enter image description here

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  • Have you tried the clickAt(0,0) function? That helps in a lot of cases.
    – Hannibal
    May 27, 2011 at 6:24
  • I tried, but would like to confirm whether that is the correct way. Here is what i tried selenium.clickAt("locator",""); Is this correct?
    – A.J
    May 27, 2011 at 6:35
  • Nope. That should be selenium.clickAt("locator","0,0");
    – Hannibal
    May 27, 2011 at 8:08
  • I would not suggest using clickAt, as it gets highly dependent on pixel level info on a page.
    – Tarun
    May 27, 2011 at 8:51
  • Oh.OK. Anyways, clickAt too didn't work.
    – A.J
    May 27, 2011 at 9:20

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Try clicking the element through Action class.

WebElement webElement = driver.findElement(By.id("Your ID Here"));
Actions builder = new Actions(driver);

If clicking with action class does not work, you can also try clicking element by Javascript.

WebElement webElement = driver.findElement(By.id("Your ID here"));
JavascriptExecutor executor = (JavascriptExecutor) driver;
executor.executeScript("arguments[0].click();", webElement);

Though you would be missing testing calendar functionality but if nothing works (as it is not just clicking calendar link but you would also have to navigate to right place in calendar) and it becomes a blocker then try typing directly in text box.

  • Guess what, there is no text box :). Selecting is the ONLY way.
    – A.J
    May 27, 2011 at 9:19
  • so I assume u make a selection and date appears like text label on page, any way I could access ur app or any similar application on net?
    – Tarun
    May 27, 2011 at 11:36
  • Application is currently internal. I can post some screenshots though.
    – A.J
    May 27, 2011 at 11:41

This is a little bit of a long shot, but since this thread doesn't seem to be going anywhere... Usually, when Selenium has problems clicking on things in IE it is because the Zoom Level is not at 100%.


I could not get click or clickAndWait to work on a cell in a grid that was generated using EXT.NET too. I was sure that the locator was working because pressing the Find button in the Selenium IDE caused the cell to be briefly highlighted in yellow. I finally tried clickAt and it worked. Here's what I specified:

Command: clickAt
Target: //*[@id='ext-gen336']/div[3]/table/tbody/tr/td[4]/
Value: 0,0

The syntax for clickAt is given as clickAt(locator, coordString). The x,y values for coordString don't seem to matter so I simply used 0,0.


Can you have a try with selenium.mouseDown(TargetLocator)?

Now TargetLocator can be till the immediate before div of the span OR till the span.

Please try with both.


if click command in selenium does not work, then follow the below steps :

Method-1 : driver.findElement(By.name("submit")).sendKeys(Keys.RETURN);

Method-2 : driver.findElement(By.name("submit")).sendKeys(Keys.ENTER);

Reference : Click command in selenium webdriver

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