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This may be a very basic question, but I am curious as to why some tags or id's can not be found? Sometimes I am tasked with writing a basic auto-it script to login into a website and lately it seems I am having trouble finding tags/id's to grab so my script can reference. Any reason or explanation would greatly appreciated. Also any links that you can provide would be stellar!  

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Moved to the appropriate forum, as the Developer General Discussion forum very clearly states:


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Ok, let me see if I can try to explain this better. On most sites it very simple to grab an element id and use that for your auto-it script, so you automate logging in. However, I ran into certain web-pages for instance a Cisco web login recently and for the life of me I could not find an element id. Which made automating a bit more tricky. I am just curious as to why I could not find an element id for a login page?

Thanks for moving this to the right channel!


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@Rigit Check the form elements using IE's developer toolbox. You can also run this JavaScript in the console to list all elements with IDs:


If you still could not find the IDs of the required elements then you may have to do some tricky coding and potentially utilize JavaScript for the task...

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@Rigit This article shows how to open the dev toolbox: https://www.isunshare.com/windows-10/3-ways-to-open-developer-tools-in-ie-on-windows-10.html


3 ways to open Developer Tools in IE on Windows 10:

Way 1: Open them by keyboard shortcut.

When the Internet Explorer is launched, press F12 on the keyboard.

Way 2: Open Developer Tools via the Tools icon.

In IE, click the top-right Tools icon, and choose F12 Developer Tools in the list.


Way 3: Open them in the Tools menu.

Select Tools on the menu bar in IE, and then tap F12 Developer Tools in the options.


After opening the toolbox, switch to the "Console" tab and you will see that it has an input area for JavaScript code. You can try pasting my code snippet there and press enter, it should output a list of elements which you can interactively browse and select :)

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Some websites hide elements in a <div> class or ID... referenced only by CSS. 
So you would need to view the CSS in order to see what is actually happening.
In other cases, the jQuery or JavaScript is responsible for handling certain elements. 


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