Share steps between test cases

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When you plan manual tests there are some sequences of steps, such as logging in, that occur in many test cases. To avoid having to enter these sequences again and again, create shared steps.

To use the features described in this topic you must have either a Visual Studio Enterprise subscription, or have installed the Test Manager extension available from Visual Studio Marketplace.

Create shared steps

While you're editing a test case, select a sequence of steps that you want to share:

Create shared steps

The steps you selected are replaced with a link to the new shared steps work item:

Resulting test case with a shared step.

Use shared steps

Now you can use the shared steps in another test case:

Use shared steps in test cases.

A TFS query opens. Run it to find the steps you want to insert:

Run the query to find shared steps

When you run a test with shared steps

When you run a test, you can either mark the whole shared sequence as passed or failed, or mark each step separately:

Shared steps in Test Runner.

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