Could Not Be Scrolled Into View Selenium Python

Python Programming

Have you ever come across the frustrating error message “Element could not be scrolled into view” while using Selenium with Python? If so, you’re not alone! As a seasoned developer, I’ve encountered this issue countless times and understand the frustration it can cause. In this article, I’ll walk you through the common causes of this error and provide you with some effective solutions.

Understanding the Error

Before we dive into the solutions, let’s first understand what this error actually means. When you interact with a web page using Selenium, the browser needs to ensure that the element you’re targeting is visible within the viewport. If the element is not currently visible and cannot be scrolled into view, Selenium throws the “Element could not be scrolled into view” error.

Possible Causes

There are several reasons why you might encounter this error. Let’s explore some of the common causes:

  • Element is Hidden: If the element is hidden due to CSS styles or other JavaScript actions, Selenium won’t be able to scroll it into view.
  • Element is Out of Viewport: Sometimes, the element might be present on the page but located outside the visible area of the browser’s viewport. In such cases, Selenium cannot scroll it into view.
  • Page Loading Issues: If the page is still loading or undergoing dynamic changes when you attempt to interact with an element, there is a possibility that the element is not available for scrolling.
  • Incompatible Browser: Certain older versions of browsers may have limitations with scrolling elements into view using Selenium. Updating the browser or using a different browser version might help resolve this issue.


1. Wait for Element Visibility

One of the easiest ways to tackle this error is to add a wait condition for the element to become visible before attempting to scroll it into view. Selenium provides various explicit wait methods that can be used in such scenarios.

from import WebDriverWait
from import expected_conditions as EC
from import By

wait = WebDriverWait(driver, 10)
element = wait.until(EC.visibility_of_element_located((By.XPATH, "your_xpath_here")))

By combining the visibility_of_element_located condition with a sensible timeout value, you can wait for the element to become visible and then scroll it into view.

2. Scroll Into View Using JavaScript Executor

If the first solution doesn’t work for you, another approach is to use JavaScript Executor to scroll the element into view directly. This method bypasses any limitations imposed by the browser or page loading process.

element = driver.find_element_by_xpath("your_xpath_here")
driver.execute_script("arguments[0].scrollIntoView(true);", element)

By executing the scrollIntoView JavaScript function on the element, you can ensure that it becomes visible within the viewport.

3. Check CSS or JavaScript Actions

If the element is hidden due to CSS styles or other JavaScript actions, you need to investigate and modify those styles or actions to make the element visible. Review the CSS classes, styles, or JavaScript functions that control the visibility of the element and make the necessary changes.


The “Element could not be scrolled into view” error in Selenium with Python can be frustrating, but with the right approach, it can be resolved. In this article, we explored the causes of this error and provided effective solutions to overcome it. Remember to pay attention to element visibility, utilize wait conditions, consider JavaScript Executor, and review CSS or JavaScript actions that may affect the element’s visibility. By implementing these strategies, you’ll be able to successfully scroll elements into view and continue with your Selenium automation journey. Happy coding!