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Creating Ranorex Snapshot Files

With the Ranorex snapshot feature, you can not only save graphic but also UI structure information into an XML file (*.rxsnp). Create and send a snapshot by email to support@ranorex.com to request application specific assistance from the Ranorex team. Based on the information stored in the snapshot, the support team will be able to analyze your application under test offline and give advice on how to optimize unique object identification with RanoreXPath.

Saving the UI structure of KeePass as a snapshot file

Saving the UI structure of KeePass as a snapshot file


Ranorex Spy tool with opened snapshot file from KeePass


Ranorex Spy tool with opened snapshot file from KeePass

Use the context menu item 'Save as Snapshot' within Ranorex Spy to store all elements, dialogs and applications, including their sub-items into a single Ranorex snapshot file.

Screencast Watch the screencast How to create a snapshot file to see the procedure in action.


Note In order to save screenshot information correctly, activate the desired application for which you wish to create a snapshot before saving.

Snapshots from pop-up windows, drop-down combo boxes or drop-down menus

For creating a snapshot from the 'File' menu pop-up of KeePass, you can use the <SCROLL> key (keyboard) in combination with the instant tracking feature of Ranorex Spy:

  1. Open Ranorex Spy and activate 'Highlight Elements'.
  2. Start the KeePass application and open the 'File' menu.
  3. Track the parent menu container window of the menu items: Track the pop-up frame by positioning the mouse over the edge of the window and pressing <CTRL>+<Win>.
  4. Press the <SCROLL> key to cache the current elements including their underlying items for Ranorex Spy.
  5. Lastly save the current view as snapshot.

    Screencast Watch the screencast How to create a snapshot file of a context menu - Approach 1 to see this procedure in action.

Another possibility of creating a snapshot from the 'File' menu pop-up of KeePass is to use the 'TRACK' button in combination with the <F12> key which temporarily disables the tracking mechanism:

  1. Open Ranorex Spy and activate 'Highlight Elements'.
  2. Start the KeePass application.
  3. Press the 'TRACK' button.
  4. In the KeePass application open the 'File' menu while holding the <F12> key.
  5. After releasing the <F12> key track the parent menu container window of the menu items using the mouse wheel to change the recognition level.
  6. Reopen the menu and press the <SCROLL> key to cache the current elements including their underlying items for Ranorex Spy.
  7. Lastly save the current view as snapshot.

    Screencast Watch the screencast How to create a snapshot file of a context menu - Approach 2 to see this procedure in action.


Track menu container window using instant tracking (<CTRL>+<Win>)