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XPath Expressions with Javascript

Always if you have severe troubles with Selenium, you can reach your test-automation goal with JavaScript (JavascriptExecutor). To use your XPaths for locating an element, your choice is document.evaluate(). The handling of this function is somewhat nasty.
Evaluate() returns the XPathResult-object. The evaluate()-method has five parameters, but concentrate on the first and fourth parameter and treat the rest as fixed. Here’s an example:

var XPathResult = document.evaluate( 'count(//div)', document, null, XPathResult.ANY_TYPE, null);

If you choose the generic XPathResult.ANY_TYPE, the XPath-expression: count(//div) itself determines the return type. So in this example the return type is XPathResult.NUMBER_TYPE
The return type is important for the further processing of the value. If you like to alert the string-value of a nodeset, then you need to choose XPathResult.STRING_TYPE:
Go to and press F12 to open developer tools. In the Console enter:

var XPathResult = document.evaluate( './/h1', document, null, XPathResult.STRING_TYPE, null);

If you want to process with the result of counting the div’s, you execute this JavaScript:

var XPathResult = document.evaluate( 'count(//div)', document, null, XPathResult.ANY_TYPE, null);

Unfortunately this function is not implemented in Internet Explorer until now.

Highlight element in Internet Explorer (xPath)

Because missing proper xPath tool support in Internet Explorer, you have to Do It Yourself.
It feels dirty, but you get used to it 😉
1.) Open in Internet Explorer & press F12 (to open developer tools)
2.) Open console-tab and execute following javascript:

var script = document.createElement("script");
script.src = "";

If prompted, decide for “Show all content” …
… than execute this javascript again. If you are prompted again, then execute the javascript again. Do this as long as the prompt appears.
Choose your xPath and execute:

var xPath= ".//*[@title='Google']";
var myElement = document.evaluate(xPath, document, null, XPathResult.FIRST_ORDERED_NODE_TYPE, null).singleNodeValue;"3px solid red";"3px solid red";;"visible";"2147483647";"visible";

Et voila, your evaluation of Internet Explorer’s xPath:
My frist reader, who can add the scroll-to-that-element feature wins a backlink 😉

  1. If no element was found, the thrown exceptions may differ from time to time and are somehow cryptic. You have to get used to that.
  2. This hack was tested with Internet Explorer 9 & 11
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  4. Supports working in test-automation, e.g. with Selenium