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Recorder control center & hotkeys

This chapter explains the functionality of the Recorder control center and the hotkeys.
Structure of this chapter

    Standard functions

    The Recorder control center implements three standard functions.
    Recorder control center standard functions

    Recorder control center standard functions

    Validation mode
    • Insertion & specification of a test validation
    Pause/continue
    • Pauses/continues the recording
    • No user interaction is recorded during Pause
    Stop
    • Stops the recording
    • Brings the Studio working environment back to desktop

    Turning hotkeys on/off

    Once you recording mode is active, the Recorder hotkeys can be turned on and off by checking/unchecking the corresponding checkbox.
    Turning hotkeys on/off

    Turning hotkeys on/off

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    Hint

    During the hotkey activation, no character vmti can be inserted during recording. These characters are reserved for hotkey identification. Uppercase characters VMTI can be used normally.

    Validation mode

    If hotkeys are enabled, clicking the V on the keyboard activates the validation mode of the Recorder and the current recording is being paused. This has the same effect as clicking on the referring ‘Validate’ button in the control center.

    Further reading

    The concept of test validation is introduced and explained in detail in > Ranorex Studio fundamentals > Test validation > ⇢ Introduction

    Mouse movement recording

    Usually, mouse movements are not recorded without corresponding mouse clicks. If you need to record mouse movement(s), it is necessary to activate the hotkeys, start recording with the demo application and follow the below-listed instructions.
    Recording a mouse movement

    Recording a mouse movement

    Move the mouse over the register 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

    Result(s):

    After ending the recording, the action table lists four mouse movement actions without corresponding mouse clicks. Each movement is linked to its UI-element.  
    Recorded mouse movements

    Recorded mouse movements

    Tooltip validation

    Activating Recorder hotkeys and pressing T initializes a tooltip validation. Test validation is a fundamental concept of automated testing with Ranorex. Therefore, this topic is part of a separate chapter in our documentation.

    Further reading

    The concept of test validation with tooltip validation is introduced and explained in > Ranorex Studio fundamentals > Test validation > ⇢ Validation of tool-tips

    Image-based recording

    Activating Recorder hotkeys and pressing I switches to image-based recording. Image-based automation is a fundamental concept of automated testing with Ranorex. Therefore, this topic is part of a separate chapter in our documentation.

    Further reading

    The advanced concept of image-based automation is introduced and explained in > Ranorex Studio advanced > Image-based automation > ⇢ Introduction

    Change recognition level

    When the hotkey mode is activated, the mouse wheel controls the recognition level of the UI-element detection. Let’s explain this along a simple example:

    Initial situation:

    • Ranorex Recorder identifies every UI-element during the recording.
    • This UI-element identification is made visible by a grabbing red frame along with your mouse movement during the recording (see below image).
     
    Red-framed UI-element

    Red-framed UI-element

    Recognition level:

    If the Recorder control center hotkeys are activated, rolling the mouse wheel ‘zooms’ in and out through the UI-elements layers.
    Recognition level change by mouse wheel zoom

    Recognition level change by mouse wheel zoom