How do I force a click action to open in a new window instead of a new tab using Playwright when the href attribute is not available?


Sure, you can use Playwright's page.click() method with the target option set to _blank to force the click action to open in a new window. Here's how you can do it:

import { chromium } from 'playwright';

async function changeClickTarget() {
  const browser = await chromium.launch();
  const context = await browser.newContext();
  const page = await context.newPage();

  // Navigate to your desired webpage
  await page.goto('https://ray.run');

  // Find the element you want to click on
  const element = await page.$('#myElement');

  // Perform the click action with target set to _blank
  await element.click({ target: '_blank' });

  // Close the browser
  await browser.close();

changeClickTarget().catch((error) => console.error(error));

In this code, we're launching a Chromium browser, creating a new context and page, and navigating to https://ray.run. We then locate the element you want to click on and perform the click action with { target: '_blank' } as an option. This forces the click to open in a new window.

Remember, if there's no href attribute for an element, it may not be possible for automation tools to determine whether it should open in a new tab or window. In such cases, using the target option with _blank is a common workaround.


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