package practice;
import java.util.List;
import org.openqa.selenium.By;
import org.openqa.selenium.WebDriver;
import org.openqa.selenium.WebElement;
import org.openqa.selenium.chrome.ChromeDriver;
import org.openqa.selenium.interactions.Actions;
import org.openqa.selenium.support.ui.Select;
import org.testng.annotations.Test;
public class Vistair2 {
    @Test public void seeProducts() throws InterruptedException {
        System.setProperty("webdriver.chrome.driver", "/Users/dominiclee/Documents/workspace/chromedriver 4");
        WebDriver driver = new ChromeDriver();
        //Create action builder instance by passing WebDriver instance
        Actions builder = new Actions(driver);
        WebElement menuElement = driver.findElement(By.linkText("SOLUTIONS"));
        Select dropDown = new Select(driver.findElement(By.linkText("SOLUTIONS")));
        List < WebElement > e = dropDown.getOptions();
        int itemsCount = e.size();

When I run this in Selenium I get the following error: Element should have been "select" but was "a"
I want to find the size of the dropdown menu?

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answered by (52 points)
edited by
+2 votes

Select dropDown = new Select(driver.findElement(By.linkText("SOLUTIONS"))); points to <a> tag than <select> tag. Please make appropriate correction in findElement() method call.

commented by (142 points)
Thank you @Das888
answered by (31 points)
+1 vote

Select dropDown = new Select(driver.findElement(By.linkText("SOLUTIONS")));

In your above statement, you are creating a Select object but the locator (By.linkText("SOLUTIONS")) you have passed inside the constructor is pointing to an anchor tag <a> instead of a Select tag <select>

The locator that you are passing inside the Select constructor should point to the Select tag only. In your case, it is pointing to the anchor tag. That is why it is throwing this error.

Please recheck the locator in DOM first.

commented by (142 points)
Thank you @Sarvesh4you. That's well explained.