Creating or modifying manual test scripts with the recorder

You can use the manual test script recorder in the manual test editor to complete a set of actions and capture them as steps in a manual test script. This approach saves your team time and eliminates user errors from manually writing manual test script steps. You can also save screen captures automatically or do exploratory testing.

Before you begin

To use the manual test script recorder in the manual test editor, you must meet the following prerequisites:

About this task

You can use the manual test script recorder to create a set of steps in a new manual test script or to add more steps to a saved manual test script. After you create or modify a manual test script with the recorder, you run it like any other manual test script.

Procedure

  1. Start the process to create or modify a test script with the recorder by doing any one of these steps:
    • Create a manual test script.
    • Open a manual test script.
    • Open the Test Case design section of a test case.
    • Open the Test Scripts section of a test case.
  2. Open the Record Manual Script window in one of these ways:
    • In a new manual test script or in the Test Case Design or Test Scripts section of a test case, click the Record Manual Script (Record) icon.
    • In an existing manual test script, select a step where you can add new steps. Click the menu arrow in the step, and select Insert New Step(s) Above via Recording or Insert New Step(s) Below via Recording.

      Insert New Step(s) via Recording menu option

    Note: If you started the recording from the Test Case Design or Test Scripts section of a test case, the Record Manual Script dialog box includes fields for the name and description of the new manual test script.

    Record Manual Script dialog

  3. Select an Adapter. The list includes only Rational Functional Tester adapters that are enabled for manual test script recording. If none is listed, no Rational Functional Tester adapters are configured. Contact an administrator.
  4. Specify where to store the Images that are captured during the recording process. Your selection is stored and used as the default value for the next recording. Select one of these options:
    • Expected Result column (default)
    • Description column
    • Attachment
    • No Image
  5. If you choose to store images in the Description or Expected Results column, click Show As to specify whether to display the images as thumbnails, full-size images, or as links to separate image files. Your selection is stored and used as the default value for the next recording.
  6. Click OK to start recording. If you are using the preference to automatically minimize the browser window, then the Engineering Test Management user interface is minimized, and you see a Rational Functional Tester recording toolbar on the desktop.
    Rational Functional Tester recording toolbar
    Note: If you use Firefox version 7 or later, the browser does not automatically minimize when you start the recording, even if you selected the user preference to minimize the browser. You must manually minimize the browser window.
  7. Complete the actions to record as manual test script steps. For example, if the first step in the manual test script is to open the application under test, then you open the application on your computer. For information about the icons that are displayed on the Rational Functional Tester recording toolbar, see the Recording toolbar.
  8. When you finish capturing the test script actions, click Stop on the recording toolbar. The manual test script shows the steps that the recorder captured.
    Tip: If your browser does not correctly perform the window focus request from Engineering Test Management, restore the window manually. if Engineering Test Management is on the machine that is running the recorder, you can disable the user preference to minimize the browser window and always manually minimize or restore when you record.
  9. Review the new manual test script steps and update the steps as needed, and click Save.

What to do next

Associate the manual test script with a test case, test case execution record, or test suite execution record, and run it.

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