383. Using sendKeys( ) command for entering multiple lines of text into a Text Area field

In our previous posts we've entered a single line text into the Text Area field using Selenium WebDriver command sendKeys( ). Now lets enter multiple lines of text into the Text Area filed using the same Selenium WebDriver command sendKeys( ).

Test Description:

Enter more than one lines of text into the 'TextArea Comment' Text Area field using the Selenium WebDriver command sendKeys( ) as shown in the below screenshot:

After going through the test description its very clear that, we have to locate the Text Area field using CSS path and enter multiple lines of text  'This is a line text one.' , 'This is a line text two.' and 'This is a line text three.' into the located Text Area field using sendKeys( ) Selenium WebDriver command.

This is only possible if we use the Java language escape character '\n'. 

Lets Implement the Test on Eclipse IDE:


1. Create a new Project say 'WebDriver-Project30' in Eclipse IDE
2. Configure the Project to work with Selenium WebDriver
3. Create a package say 'package30' under the newly created project.
4. Create a Java Class file say 'Class30' under the newly created package as shown below: 

Actual Steps:

1. Write the following code into the newly created Java Class file as shown below and make sure that you resolve all the errors before going to next step:

2. Write the test method 'enterMultipleLinesOfTextIntoTextAreaField()' which uses CSS Path Statements for locating the Text Area field as shown below:

3. Save and Run the '' file by selecting the 'JUnit Test' option and ensure that our Automation Test has entered the provided text in multiple lines into the Text Area field as shown in the below video:

Watch the below video:

Click here to watch the video.

Download this Project:

Click here to download this project and import into Eclipse IDE  on your machine.

In the similar manner we can use the other Java escape characters like:

\b - backspace
\t -  tab
\n - newline
\f -  form feed
\r - carriage return
\" - double quote
\' -  single quote
\\ - backslash

If you have time, you can practice the above escape characters. 

Please comment below to feedback or ask questions.

Using clear( ) command to clear a text box field   will be explained in the next post.


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