Editing manual test script steps

The Manual Test editor is a rich-text editor for editing test script steps.


  1. In the test script, begin typing your statements in the step text editor. The default step type is an Execution Step. A step is composed of three fields: Description, Expected Results, and Attachments/Links.
    Note: To change the step type to a reporting or information step, click the arrow next to the Execution Step icon (Step), and then select the step to change to.
  2. In the Description field, describe the action to take. Each step is an individual action.
  3. In the Expected Results field, specify the conditions that must be met for a step to be considered successful.
    Tip: To increase the height of the editor so that you can enter multi-line text, press Shift+Enter.
  4. Press Enter to move to the next line.
    Note: You can insert a step before or after the current step by using the action menu to click Insert New Step Above or Insert New Step Below. You can also use the following shortcut keys:
    • Ctrl+Shift+Enter: Insert a new step before the current step.
    • Ctrl+Enter: Insert a new step after the current step.
    • Ctrl+Shift+C+Enter: Copy the current custom attribute before the current step.
    • Ctrl+C+Enter: Copy the current custom attribute after the current step.
  5. You can add requirements traceability to individual steps by either of the following methods:
    • To link steps to requirements that are associated with the test case, at the far left of the step table, click Show Requirement View. In the Requirement View, scroll down to see associated requirements. Drag individual requirements to test script steps.
    • To link steps to any requirements associated with the project, in the Attachments/Links column, click Validates Requirements > Link to any Requirement.
    Note: To enable requirement linking in test scripts, the project administrator must select the preference to Allow linking between test script steps and requirements, located under Manage Project Properties > Test Script Preferences.
  6. Optional: To remove requirements from a step:
    1. In the Attachments/Links field, click the Validates Requirements icon (Show Requirement View).
    2. Select the individual requirement.
    3. Select the Remove Requirement Link from Step icon. All the requirements that are linked to the step are removed.
  7. Optional: To cut, copy, and paste test script steps, select the steps and use the Cut, Copy, and Paste options on the action menu. There is no Delete or Remove menu item for steps. To remove steps from a script, use Cut.
  8. Optional: To toggle between normal and compact views, click the Compact View (Compact View) icon. Only a portion of the steps is displayed when you compact the view, which makes it easier to see the entire script.
  9. Optional: To change the width of each column, drag the column dividers.
  10. Optional: To add comments in steps, click the Show/Hide Comments Column icon (Show/Hide comments column) and select Show Comments Column.

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