N unit-Can't access toolstrip button using button name in windows forms

SanthoshPichumanu 6 Reputation points

I’m trying to access a toolstrip button in windows forms using button name in windows forms but facing null reference exception as end result. Normally I can access button using its name, but i am facing issue in accessing the button in toolstrip. This issue occur in N unit framework and access button using automation element. Can anyone guide me for this issue ?

Code snippet for accessing button:

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    public static AutomationElement WindowElement;
    public  void ClickButton()
        object objPattern;
        AutomationElement click = WindowElement.FindFirst(TreeScope.Descendants,
         new PropertyCondition(AutomationElement.NameProperty, "toolStripButton2"));
        click.TryGetCurrentPattern(InvokePattern.Pattern, out objPattern);

Code snippet for toolstrip:

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// toolStrip1
        this.toolStrip1.Items.AddRange(new System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripItem[] {
        this.toolStrip1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(0, 0);
        this.toolStrip1.Name = "toolStrip1";
        this.toolStrip1.Text = "toolStrip1";
        // toolStripButton1
        this.toolStripButton1.Name = "toolStripButton1";
        this.toolStripButton1.Text = "toolStripButton1";
        // toolStripComboBox1
        this.toolStripComboBox1.Name = "toolStripComboBox1";
        this.toolStripComboBox1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(121, 25);
        // toolStripButton2
        this.toolStripButton2.Name = "toolStripButton2";
        this.toolStripButton2.Text = "toolStripButton2";
    private System.Windows.Forms.ToolStrip toolStrip1;
    private System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripButton toolStripButton1;
    private System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripComboBox toolStripComboBox1;
    private System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripButton toolStripButton2;
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  1. Lex Li (Microsoft) 4,662 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/dotnet/api/system.windows.automation?view=net-5.0 that namespace is strictly for WPF only.

    To unit test a WinForms app, you might try to use https://github.com/microsoft/WinAppDriver on Windows 10.