Type into or Send Hotkey is not working in Simulate/ send window messages (background)

Hello team,

I am trying to type some data into a dropdown type box. If I use:

  • default type into option: working
  • simulate type: not working
  • send window messages: working only on the foreground.

Other options tried which didn’t work:

  • Tried “set text” activity as well but of no use.
  • Set to clipboard the text, click on the text and send hotkey

I am trying to create an unattended bot that performs the background process.

Can anyone help me with the “type into” activity to perform either with send window messages (not on the foreground) or simulate type?

Currently using v 2019.10.

Thanks in advance,


Does anyone have a solution for this?

Hi @Venkata_Sai_IN

Use my workflow

Here I am using https://www.fakenamegenerator.com/

Here I need to select values from drop-down

For that I used type into activity and in the type into activitiy use down key and

For ur reference I am attaching the workflow what I had done

nameGenerator.zip (628.9 KB)

Hope it helps

Mark it as solution if u got it

Nived N :robot:

Happy Automation :relaxed::relaxed::relaxed:


Thanks for your support.

I need to “Type Into” a drop-down selector in the background (in case of foreground even my workflow is working). I am trying to create an unattended bot which should work in the background.

The workflow which you have sent is not working in the foreground, every time bot is trying to bring the UiElement on to the foreground and then only It is working.

Also, in the workflow which you have sent there are some issues with the selectors.
(first image contains MSedge app).

(where as second image contains Chrome app)


I am trying to tell u that in type into activitiy after selecting the element u can down key for interating through each values

Hi @Venkata_Sai_IN

As per my experience Send Hotkey might not work in Simulate Click & Send Window Messages in background.

Happy Automation :raised_hands:

Best Regards
Er Pratik Wavhal :robot::man_technologist:t4: :computer:

Hi @Pratik_Wavhal,