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In order to run automation test on Internet Explorer, you need the following setup:

  • For IE 7 or higher, set the Security level for all zones to the same value. It is fine if the value is on or off as long as it is the same for Internet, Local Intranet, Trusted sites and Restricted sites. To access this setting, choose Internet Options from Control Panel of Windows, then switch to the Security tab:
  • Additionally, Enable Enhanced Protected Mode* must be disabled for IE 10 and higher. You can set this at the Advanced tab of the Internet Options.
  • The Zoom level of IE browser must be set to 100% so that native mouse events can be set to correct coordinates.
  • For IE 11, you need to set a registry entry on the target computer so that the driver can maintain a connection to the instance of Internet Explorer it creates. 
    1. Type 'regedit' into Command Prompt to open the Registry Editor

      regedit
    2. Locate the FEATURE_BFCACHE subkey (create the FEATURE_BFCACHE subkey if it is not there):
      1. For 32-bit Windows, the key is at: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_BFCACHE
      2. For 64-bit Windows, the key is at: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_BFCACHE
    3. Inside this subkey, create a DWORD value named iexplore.exe with the value of 0.

 

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