Web Browser Automation Using Google Chrome
How many times do you have to visit a website in your daily work? Do you ever have to go compile pricing information from competitors? Or maybe you must visit your own site to ensure pages with critical information are up and running. These tasks seem simple, but they can add up over time and eat up a big chunk of your workday. But with website automation, you can easily set up a bot to handle any of these tasks.
Web browser automation lets you set up a task to automatically scrape data from any website—making it easy to get the latest pricing information. And you can set up an automation task to monitor pages of your website to alert you if anything goes down or information isn’t rendering correctly.
Web browser automation bots mimic human behavior like opening, navigating, and closing browsers and clicking on links, buttons, and entering keystrokes. Automate, robotic process automation (RPA) software from HelpSystems, can automate using any of the most-popular browsers including Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, and Google Chrome.
Google Chrome is quickly becoming one of the most used web browsers. That’s why we’ve put together this step-by-step tutorial to show you how easy setting up a web browser automation task is using Automate and Chrome.
How to set up Chrome browser automation
1. Download and install a free trial of Automate.
2. Select the Web Browser Action to Open the browser page. Select Chrome from the list of supported browsers.
3. Enter the URL of the page that you want to open.
4. Select the Set Value action using the 'Click' button to select the field where you want to enter text. Automate will outline in blue all the input fields. Click on the field where you want to enter text.
5. Enter the text in the Change to field in the Web Browser action.
6. Selet the Click activity in the Web Browser and when the browser opens, click on the Click button to locate the html objects. The Web Browser action will highlight all the clickable objects on the screen. Click on the Google Search button.
Automate will capture all the attributes of the search button.
7. Scroll to the bottom of the Web Browser action and select the type of interaction that you need to execute.
Your task will have three steps in it:
8. Run the steps in your Automate Task. It will open Google.com, enter "help systems software" in the search field and press the Google Search button. Your result will look like this:
Download a free trial of Automate to setup your own browser automation task.