selectWindow (window identifier) - Selenium IDE command

The selectWindow | tab=x and selectWindow | title=y commands switch between browser tabs. You can use it with title=(title of tab to be selected) or, often easier, use tab= with number of the tab (e. g 0,1,2,...). Tab=0 is the main window (the one the macro runs ins), tab=1 the first tab to the right, tab=2 the second, and so on. And tab=-1 is the tab to the right of the start tab (if there is one). This also shows that the command name of selectWINDOW is somewhat outdated, it was coined when Internet Explorer still ruled the web. Today, "selectTab" would be the more appropriate term. We continue to use the old term for backward compatibility.

selectWindow | TAB=OPEN | https://newwebsiteURL.com this opens a new tab and loads the website with the given URL.

selectWindow | TAB=CLOSE closes the current tab. It works the same way as if a user manually closes the tab. If there is a tab to the RIGHT of the closed tab, then UI.Vision RPA makes it the current tab. If there is no tab to the RIGHT, then the tab LEFT of the closed tab becomes it the current tab. And if there is no other open tab, then TAB=CLOSE closes the browser.

selectWindow | TAB=CLOSEALLOTHER closes all open tabs except the current one. Together with deleteAllCookies it is a useful command to “clean up” at the start of a test.

selectWindow Example

Command Target Pattern/Text
open https://ui.vision/
click link=Open one new browser window
selectWindow tab=1
click link=One more tab
selectWindow tab=2
verifyText link=Free Web Automation Free Web Automation
selectWindow tab=0 (this switches back to the first tab)
selectWindow tab=open https://ocr.space

Works in

UI.Vision RPA for Chrome Selenium IDE, UI.Vision RPA for Firefox Selenium IDE, Firefox IDE Classic

Related Demo Macros

DemoTabs

The ready-to-import-and-run source code of all demo macros can be found in the Github repository testmacros folder.

See also

selectFrame, Web Automation Extension User Manual, Selenium IDE commands, Classic Firefox Selenium IDE.

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