Recorder control center & hotkeysThis chapter explains the functionality of the Recorder control center and the hotkeys.
Structure of this chapter
Standard functionsThe Recorder control center implements three standard functions.
Recorder control center standard functions
- Insertion & specification of a test validation
- Pauses/continues the recording
- No user interaction is recorded during Pause
- Stops the recording
- Brings the Studio working environment back to desktop
Turning hotkeys on/offOnce you recording mode is active, the Recorder hotkeys can be turned on and off by checking/unchecking the corresponding checkbox.
Turning hotkeys on/off
During the hotkey activation, no character v, m, t, i can be inserted during recording. These characters are reserved for hotkey identification. Uppercase characters V, M, T, I can be used normally.
Validation modeIf 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.
The concept of test validation is introduced and explained in detail in > Ranorex Studio fundamentals > Test validation > ⇢ Introduction
Mouse movement recordingUsually, 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
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
Tooltip validationActivating 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.
Image-based recordingActivating 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.
Change recognition levelWhen 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:
- 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).
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