I am using clickAndWait for xpath=//button[contains(.,'Next')] When I click Find on Selenium IDE the button is found, but the script doesn't click on the button. The button has id = pmc_wizard_next and class = btn btn-next.

The html for the button is:

<div id="pmc_wizard" class="wizard pmc-wizard">

    <ul class="steps pmc-wizard-steps"> … </ul>
    <div class="actions pmc-wizard-actions">
        <button id="pmc_wizard_prev" class="btn btn-prev"> … </button>
        <button id="pmc_wizard_next" class="btn btn-next" data-last="Submit">


            <i class="icon-arrow-right"></i>


When the button is clicked, it doesn't navigate to the next page, however it does perform all the actions on the next page.

What should I be doing?

  • Try using submit() rather than click().
    – stray
    Sep 16, 2014 at 16:34
  • Hi stray. i am using Selenium IDE and submit is not working. i am currently using Command: click and Target: css=button#pmc_wizard_next.btn.btn-next. is there any better way to hit that button? Sep 17, 2014 at 6:11
  • Btw. it turns out my button gets disabled in the middle of the execution and then gets enabled again. i have put in a pause statement when i know its going to be disabled. But still it wont hit the button. Sep 17, 2014 at 10:55

1 Answer 1


There are some instances where selenium (watir) refuses to click a link or a button even when the xpath expression is valid and claims it found the object.

In these situations I just use a jquery .click function with the .executeScript method as a work around.

  • not working in IE in my case
    – TechnoCrat
    Dec 26, 2016 at 10:43

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