Fix the selector of a UI element


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Enabled for Public preview Early access General availability
Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically - - May 15, 2023

Business value

You can now create desktop flows that perform UI and browser automation and don't fail due to a lack of ability to locate the UI elements in every execution.

Feature details

UI and browser automation in desktop flows interact with UI elements. When you capture a UI element, a selector gets generated and specifies the UI element. A selector is the address of the UI element, and Power Automate for desktop can locate the UI element while running the desktop flow.

In many cases, the selector of a UI element is dynamic, meaning that it can be slightly different every time the window or webpage is loaded. This scenario may cause a UI/browser automation action to fail during running time, as the selector is no longer the same as at the time of capturing.

You can capture a UI element multiple times using a wizard, and Power Automate for desktop will compare all captured selector information and suggest a new one that is more dynamic and robust and can be used for addressing the specific UI element.