Recorder control center & hotkeys
In this chapter, you’ll learn how to use the Recorder control center and hotkeys effectively.
In this chapter
The Recorder control center has three button-activated controls.
Recorder control center button-activated controls
- Inserts a test validation action into the recording.
- Pauses/continues the recording.
- No user interaction is recorded while paused.
- Stops the recording.
- Returns to Ranorex Studio.
Turn hotkeys on and off by checking/unchecking the corresponding checkbox.
Turning hotkeys on/off
While hotkeys are enabled, you won’t be able to use the hotkey characters (v, m, t, i) in your recording, e.g. to enter a text.
The uppercase characters V, M, T, I can be used normally.
Validation mode hotkey
Pressing V on the keyboard activates validation mode in the same way clicking the Validate button would.
The concept of test validation is described in Ranorex Studio fundamentals >
⇢ Test validation.
Mouse movement recording hotkey
Usually, mouse movements are not recorded. If you need to record mouse movements, you can do so by pressing M. Follow the instructions below to practice recording mouse movements.
Recording a mouse movement
Move the mouse over the Introduction tab and press M
Move the mouse over the name text field and press M
Move the mouse over the Submit button and press M
Move the mouse over the Exit button and press M
Once you’ve stopped recording, the action table will list four mouse movement actions. Each movement is linked to a UI element.
Recorded mouse movements
Tooltip validation hotkey
Press T to start a tooltip validation.
Image-based recording hotkey
Press I to activate image-based recording.
Change recognition level
When hotkeys are activated, the mouse wheel controls the recognition level of the UI element detection. Let’s take a look at this with a simple example.
Initial recognition level:
- Ranorex Recorder identifies every UI element during the recording.
- This UI element identification is made visible by a red frame that follows your mouse movement during the recording (see image).
UI element with
Change the recognition level:
Scroll the mouse wheel to move through the UI element levels.
Recognition level changes as the mouse wheel is scrolled