This activity waits until the specified browser element is loaded and then executes some actions based on whether it appeared or not.
In this example we open a page (google.com), wait until the search string element is loaded and then input some text into it.
You can read more about the other mentioned activities here.
An example of a workflow where this activity is used
First of all, we need to define the browser element that will be used here. In this example this is Google search string. This can be done in Studio using Browser Picker. Let us take a look at how it works.
Browser element is the main parameter here. It defines the used browser element. To set up a new element, open the dropdown menu here and click ‘Pick New Element’. If there is an existing element, it will be present in the list and it will be possible to choose it.
Browser element parameter lets you either pick a new element or use an existing one
Browser window will be opened. Hover your cursor over the desired element. If it is recognized, it will be highlighted red. Press Ctrl + X while hovering over the element to pick it. Esc key closes Browser Picker without choosing any elements.
Picker highlights a browser element
As soon as the element is picked, this window will appear. It indicates that the element was found and recognized. You can also set the element name here. It will be displayed in Studio.
It is also possible to view the advanced options by opening the dropdown menu. Advanced options represent the chosen element as a table. It contains the properties and values of this element. This table can be modified in case it is required to refine or correct the element.
Advanced element options
The ‘Test’ button lets you check if the element was defined correctly. Upon clicking it, focus will be shifted to the browser window and the picked element will be highlighted yellow if it was recognized correctly. It can display one of the following messages:
- Found 1 element means that the specific element was successfully recognized.
- Found >1 element means that there are a few similar elements. In this case it is required to repick the element or modify the selector.
- Not found means that the element was not recognized and must be redefined or the advanced options must be corrected.
The ‘Pick’ button lets you pick another element or pick the element once again.
Click ‘Save’ once you are ready. This element will be saved for further usage in Studio activities.
It is also possible to edit an existing element that you have previously picked. To do this, click the ‘Edit element’ button below its name.
This button lets you edit the element
We have just described the Browser element parameter. Now let us move to the other ones.
The next parameter is Waiting time, sec. The program will wait for the element to appear within this time. If the element appeared and was recognized successfully, then the Yes branch of the activity is executed. If not, the No branch will be executed.
Waiting time, sec parameter
And these are the rest of the parameters.
Browser tab, In iframe, Wait before,sec and Wait after, sec parameters
Use tab number by order and Browser tab define the behavior related to choosing the browser tabs. The former makes it possible to choose the tab by its actual order according to other opened tabs if checked. The latter will ‘remember’ the tab number.
For example, if you have set the tab number to 1 and then moved this tab to the second position in the browser, it will be Tab 1 anyway. Basically, it does not refer to the actual tabs order. Currently up to five tabs are supported. If Use tab number by order is not checked, then Browser tab parameter will be required.
Let us elaborate it a bit more. Leaving Use tab number by order option unchecked is useful if you would like to open a specific tab and interact with it.
Checking Use tab number by order option is more convenient for cases when a tab is opened automatically. For example, there has been already an opened tab, and another one was opened by an activity. This option will let you interact with the newly opened tab.
It is also possible to click an element in IFrame. Check this parameter if you would like to use this feature. Once it is checked, IFrame parameter will appear. In this specific case this parameter will be required.
Wait before, sec and Wait after, sec parameters indicate how much time will pass before or after executing this activity.