How to resolve this error Element not interactable Any solution

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Nov 22, 2020 in Selenium by faha
• 360 points

Hello @ faha,

Could you please paste your snipper or code so that we can help you out? Your screenshot is not visible!!

package day16;

import java.util.concurrent.TimeUnit;

import org.openqa.selenium.By;

import org.openqa.selenium.Keys;

import org.openqa.selenium.WebDriver;

import org.openqa.selenium.WebElement;





public class ExplicitWaitDemo {

public static void main(String[] args) throws InterruptedException {


ChromeDriver driver =new ChromeDriver();



WebDriverWait mywait=new WebDriverWait(driver,40);



 WebElement ele=mywait.until(ExpectedConditions.visibilityOfElementLocated(By.xpath("//span[contains(text(),'SeleniumHQ Browser Automation')]")));;

// driver.findElement(By.xpath("//span[contains(text(),'SeleniumHQ Browser Automation')]")).click();


Console window


Starting ChromeDriver 86.0.4240.22 (398b0743353ff36fb1b82468f63a3a93b4e2e89e-refs/branch-heads/4240@{#378}) on port 5259

Only local connections are allowed.

Please see for suggestions on keeping ChromeDriver safe.

ChromeDriver was started successfully.

[1606143653.885][WARNING]: This version of ChromeDriver has not been tested with Chrome version 87.

Nov 23, 2020 9:00:55 AM org.openqa.selenium.remote.ProtocolHandshake createSession

INFO: Detected dialect: W3C

Exception in thread "main" org.openqa.selenium.ElementNotInteractableException: element not interactable

  (Session info: chrome=87.0.4280.66)

Build info: version: '3.141.59', revision: 'e82be7d358', time: '2018-11-14T08:25:48'

System info: host: 'DESKTOP-D0DRPFI', ip: '', 'Windows 10', os.arch: 'amd64', os.version: '10.0', java.version: '15.0.1'

Driver info:

Capabilities {acceptInsecureCerts: false, browserName: chrome, browserVersion: 87.0.4280.66, chrome: {chromedriverVersion: 86.0.4240.22 (398b0743353ff..., userDataDir: C:\Users\mailf\AppData\Loca...}, goog:chromeOptions: {debuggerAddress: localhost:56861}, javascriptEnabled: true, networkConnectionEnabled: false, pageLoadStrategy: normal, platform: WINDOWS, platformName: WINDOWS, proxy: Proxy(), setWindowRect: true, strictFileInteractability: false, timeouts: {implicit: 0, pageLoad: 300000, script: 30000}, unhandledPromptBehavior: dismiss and notify, webauthn:virtualAuthenticators: true}

Session ID: 36b74c451bf517dcd2dec9903c12e620

at java.base/jdk.internal.reflect.NativeConstructorAccessorImpl.newInstance0(Native Method)

at java.base/jdk.internal.reflect.NativeConstructorAccessorImpl.newInstance(

at java.base/jdk.internal.reflect.DelegatingConstructorAccessorImpl.newInstance(

at java.base/java.lang.reflect.Constructor.newInstanceWithCaller(

at java.base/java.lang.reflect.Constructor.newInstance(

at org.openqa.selenium.remote.http.W3CHttpResponseCodec.createException(

at org.openqa.selenium.remote.http.W3CHttpResponseCodec.decode(

at org.openqa.selenium.remote.http.W3CHttpResponseCodec.decode(

at org.openqa.selenium.remote.HttpCommandExecutor.execute(

at org.openqa.selenium.remote.service.DriverCommandExecutor.execute(

at org.openqa.selenium.remote.RemoteWebDriver.execute(

at org.openqa.selenium.remote.RemoteWebElement.execute(

at org.openqa.selenium.remote.RemoteWebElement.sendKeys(

at day16.ExplicitWaitDemo.main(


1 answer to this question.

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Hi, @Faha,

ElementNotInteractableException: Element is not reachable by keyboard

Element is not reachable by keyboard in plain words means that the element can’t be reached using the keyboard, which means you won't physically interact with it even.


There can be multiple reasons behind the error Element is not reachable by keyboard which can be either of the following:

  • The element is hidden as modern JavaScript-centric UI styles always keep the ugly raw HTML input field hidden. The hidden attribute could have been implemented through either of the following ways:
    • temporary overlay of some other element over the desired element.
    • permanent overlay of some other element over the desired element.
    • Presence of attributes e.g. class="ng-hide"style="display: none", etc
    • As per best practices while sending character sequence, you must not attempt to invoke click() or sendKeys() on any <p> or <div> tag, instead invoke click() on the desired <input> tag following the Official locator strategies for the webdriver.


There are different approaches to address this issue.

  • Incase of temporary overlay use WebDriverWait inconjunction with ExpectedConditions for the desired element to be visible/clickable as follows:

    new WebDriverWait(driver, 20).until(ExpectedConditions.elementToBeClickable(By.cssSelector("button.nsg-button"))).click();
  • In case of permanent overlay use executeScript() method from JavascriptExecutor interface as follows:

    import org.openqa.selenium.JavascriptExecutor;
    String inputText = "Rozmeen";
    WebElement myElement = driver.findElement("u_0_b"));
    String js = "arguments[0].setAttribute('value','"+inputText+"')"
    ((JavascriptExecutor) driver).executeScript(js, myElement);
answered Nov 24, 2020 by Gitika
• 65,850 points
Ok from where did u get this element?

Hey Gitika

any <p> or <div> tag

I'm  familiar with <div> tags but not with these <p> . By not using these tags to bel clicked.

Invoking desired input<tag>. Can you give any example for it?

What exactly are the official locator strategies of webdriver. Are they using xpath or chropath for every element?

I used temporary overlay method but its giving an error.

import org.openqa.selenium.By;

import org.openqa.selenium.Keys;




public class ExplicitWati2 {

public static void main(String[] args) {


ChromeDriver driver =new ChromeDriver();





new WebDriverWait.Until(ExpectedConditions.elementToBeClickable(By.cssSelector(button.nsg-button))).click();

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Hey, @faha,

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