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Hello all, I am at an impasse trying to move mouse to a specific element on a webpage, a button in this case, and clicking it (this would be the easy part).

The element is defined as followed:

id = "controls-4"

class = "set btn"


I am able to locate the element using the following lines:

    Local $oDiv = _IEGetObjById($oIE, "controls-4")
    MsgBox($MB_SYSTEMMODAL, "controls-4", $oDiv.innertext)

From here, I've tried the following lines, but all failed to move the mouse or click the element:

    Local $locDM = ControlGetPos("","",$oDiv)
    _IEAction($oDiv, "click")

After storing the element to $oDiv, how should I go about using it to achieve what I want?


Thank you for your help in advance.

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Have you checked the content of the variable $locDM ?

I don't know if AutoIt built-in function ControlGetPos can deal with a web page element.

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and please post here console output from this:

Local $oDiv = _IEGetObjById($oIE, "controls-4") 
_IEAction($oDiv, "click") 



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