VBA - scraping websites videos | Excel VBA Part 57.7 - Using Select Drop Down Lists in Selenium

Posted by Andrew Gould on 02 August 2021


This video shows how to use Select and Option elements in Selenium for VBA to choose items from drop down lists on websites. You'll learn how to identify which type of drop down list you're working with and how to use the SelectElement class in Selenium to make working with drop down lists easy. You'll learn several ways to select an option from a select list and how to deal with cascading drop down lists. As a bonus, you'll learn how to download a file using a combination of Selenium and the URLDownloadToFile function.

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Pt57_7 Using Select Drop Down Lists in Selenium.xlsm Excel workbook with macros The finished code
DownloadFilesfromURL.bas VBA or other basic code Extra function

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Making a  video bigger

You can increase the size of your video to make it fill the screen like this:

View full screen

Play your video (the icons shown won't appear until you do), then click on the full screen icon which appears as shown at its bottom right-hand corner.

 

When you've finished viewing a video in full screen mode, just press the Esc key to return to normal view.

Improving the quality of a video

To improve the quality of a video, first click on the Settings icon:

Settings icon

Make sure you're playing your video so that the icons shown appear, then click on this gear icon at the bottom right-hand corner.

 

Choose to change the video quality:

Video quality

Click on Quality as shown to bring up the submenu.

 

The higher the number you choose, the better will be your video quality (but the slower the connection speed):

Connection speed

Don't choose the HD option unless you have a fast enough connection speed to support it!

 

Is your Wise Owl speaking too slowly (or too quickly)?  You can also use the Settings menu above to change your playback speed.

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