Record and play back manual tests
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Record keystrokes and mouse actions with Microsoft Test Manager while you are testing an app. You can then play back your actions quickly and accurately the next time you run the test.
Playback is useful for reproducing bugs. You can retrace the exact actions that the tester performed to the point where the problem was found. Playback also helps you run a test with different data, on multiple configurations, or where you have shared steps that are the same in many test cases. Playback also speeds up regression testing - that is, tests that you run from one sprint to the next to make sure that everything still works correctly.
You can record and play back tests in a wide range of desktop apps, and also web apps that you access through a supported browser. For a detailed list, see Supported configurations and platforms for coded UI tests and action recordings.
To use all the features described in this article, you must have one of the following subscriptions:
Or, configure Basic + Test Plans access level.
Run Microsoft Test Manager on your client machine
To record and play back actions, you have to install Microsoft Test Manager on the machine where you'll run your tests. If you're testing a desktop app, install the latest version of the app and Microsoft Test Manager on the same machine. If you're testing a web-based app, install the app on a test server, and run Microsoft Test Manager on the machine where you'll run your web browser.
Run a test case
Connect Microsoft Test Manager to your project, and select your current test plan.
Record your actions during a test run
In the Start Test window, select Create action recording.
After each step, make sure to mark that step Pass or Fail.
If you want to pause your test, choose Pause.
After you finish your test run, choose End Test. This makes sure the recording assigns your actions to the correct steps.
Caution: All your keystrokes and gestures might be recorded, including passwords, emails, chat messages, and other sensitive data.
Open the editing panel at the bottom of the test runner. You can delete actions there:
Alternatively, you can run the test again and choose Overwrite action recording.
Keep or re-record shared steps
If you come to a sequence of shared steps, you might have already recorded them in an earlier test case. You can either keep the earlier recording or record them now, like this:
You have to indicate when you finish recording the shared steps:
Capture parameter values
If a test step requires a parameter value that you must type as text, that text is recognized and bound into the recording. When you play the recording back with other parameter values, the new values are used instead.
Parameter values aren't bound if they're not typed as text, for example, when values are selected instead. When you play the recording back, you'll have to manually perform that step.
Play back an action recording
Select your test and run it. Don't select the overwrite option in the Start Test dialog box.
You can play the whole test, or play individual steps. The test runner will replay the keystrokes and mouse actions that you recorded.
You have to check the result of each step. The recording doesn't check the outputs.