Create repository items
In this chapter, you’ll find out which automatic and manual ways of creating repository items and adding them to your repository there are.
Automatic creation during a recording
When you’re recording a test with Ranorex Recorder and you perform an action on a UI element, the corresponding repository element is created and added to your repository automatically.
Repository items created automatically during a recording
With the Track button
The Track button is available in the repository view and Ranorex Spy. It lets you track UI elements manually and create repository items in this way. This is useful when you quickly need to re-identify a UI element that has changed, for example.
With instant tracking
Instant tracking is another way of creating repository items manually. It’s particularly useful for manually identifying UI elements that aren’t easily accessible, like items in a drop-down menu. Instant tracking is activated by pressing the shortcut Ctrl+WIN when you’re moused over the desired UI element.
With Ranorex Spy
Finally, you can also add repository items manually from Ranorex Spy, a dedicated tool for mapping and identifying UI elements.
In the repository view
Finally, you can create repository items manually in the repository view itself.
To do so:
Right-click an app folder, a rooted folder, or a simple folder.
Click Add new item > Item.
Manually specify the item’s path and name it.