QTP – How to use the FireEvent method when a click does not work

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Why Won't the FireEvent Work?

While using QTP’s click method on a search WebElement earlier today, I had an issue with a WebTable’s populate event not being triggered as it should have. If you ever experience a similar problem with your application (not performing an expected action after a certain event occurs), don’t give up – and be sure to try the FireEvent method.

What is the FireEvent Description:

The FireEvent method is designed to trigger events in an application.

QTP FireEvent Syntax:

The Syntax for the FireEvent is:

yourObject.FireEvent EventName,[x-optional],[y-optional],[BUTTON-optional]

Valid FireEvent Events:

The events available when using the FireEvents method are:

  • onchange
  • onclick
  • ondblclick
  • onblur
  • onfocus
  • onmousedown
  • onmouseup
  • onmouseover
  • onmouseout
  • onsubmit
  • onreset
  • onpropertychange

How to use the FireEvent Video Example:

Let’s take a look at the FireEvent in action in a real-world example:

The click method below was not working:

Set mainPath = browser("CB").Page("CB")

…but using the FireEvent did work:

mainPath.WebElement("Search").FireEvent "ondblclick"

Drop me a line and let me know if you find this tip helpful!

Know FireEvent Issue

If you're trying to use the FireEvent’s dblclick option on a WebElement but it's not working against Chrome or Firefox  check out

QTP – Fix for FireEvent Issue in Google Chrome and FireFox Browsers