Re: Regarding the name of the drop down chnages...
In your object repository you highlight this dropdown object. On the left will be Description Properties. One of those will be "name". Click the little # button in the "Value" column of this description property (highlight it first if you don't see the # button). This lets you mark a checkbox for "Regular Expression" then change the value to the following, then click OK.
Beware though, that you might have other dropdown objects on the same page. Maybe there's an ABCdropdown and an XYZdropdown somewhere else, both on the screen at the same time. If this happens, then that simple regular expression would identify both of them, which means it won't work.
If that's the case, you might be better off with:
Which will only match the two examples you listed in your original post.
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