Selenium paste text into textarea


Using Selenium, I'd like to edit the contents of a textarea. Calling textarea.SendKeys("My text") works, but it types it in letter by letter which is obviously quite slow for longer strings.

One workaround I found (<a href="http://code.google.com/p/selenium/issues/detail?id=2876" rel="nofollow">http://code.google.com/p/selenium/issues/detail?id=2876</a>) suggests that I copy the string to a clipboard and paste it into the textarea. The Keys reference they give is ambiguous between OpenQA.Selenium.Keys and System.Windows.Forms.Keys, so I tried both of them. Here's my code to do that:

Clipboard.SetDataObject("My text"); textarea.SendKeys(OpenQA.Selenium.Keys.Control + "v");

This freezes the application. If I use System.Windows.Forms.Keys.Control instead, it types in controlv, which obviously is not what I want.

Does anyone have any idea as to what the problem might be?


I am able to use the same SendKeys when setting the clipboard to text:

Clipboard.SetText(trgt); myTextArea.SendKeys(OpenQA.Selenium.Keys.Control + "v");

so perhaps the SetDataObject is an issue


Hope this CopyPaste method helps:

using OpenQA.Selenium.Interactions; public void CopyPaste(string copy) { Clipboard.SetText(copy); new Actions(driver).SendKeys(OpenQA.Selenium.Keys.LeftShift + OpenQA.Selenium.Keys.Insert).Perform(); //because it switch to uppercase we do one more click new Actions(driver).SendKeys(OpenQA.Selenium.Keys.LeftShift).Perform(); } texarea.Click; // if driver refuse to click textarea you can force it with: //((IJavaScriptExecutor)driver).ExecuteScript("arguments[0].click();", driver.FindElement(By.XPath("//*[@id='MyTextareaId']"))); // not proven, but I think textarea.SendKeys(""); Will click inside the textarea //Call the method CopyPaste("Text Appear In the Textarea");


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