Recording Activity Dialog

recording activity dialog


The Recording Activity Dialog is used for Recording, Analog recording (absolute and relative), Object Learning, and creating Simulated Objects.

How to Open

This dialog is opened slightly differently depending on the type of test being recorded:

Advanced Mode vs. Standard Mode

When you first open the dialog, it will be displayed in Standard mode:

recording activity dialog

This mode shows the most widely used options and is normally sufficient for most recording needs.

However if you need to do analog recording or you want more control over the type of object being recorded, you can click on the Advanced link to switch to Advanced mode:


Clicking on the Advanced link will switch it back to Standard mode.

The Grid

As you interact with the AUT (Application Under Test), your actions are recorded in the grid of the Recording Activity dialog.  The following screenshot shows the Recording Activity dialog after two interactions with (1) first, Inflectra was entered into the query text box and (2) the Google Search button was then pressed.

recording activity dialog, grid

Context Menu

If you right click in the grid, you'll see a context menu with three options:

recording activity


Standard Mode Features

recording activity dialog, widgets

The following options are available in the dialog in both modes:

Advanced Mode Features

The following additional features are available in Advanced mode:

recording activity dialog, simulated dropdown

If you cannot learn an object with one library rule, try another in the list.  Create a Simulated Object only if the other, more flexible alternatives have been exhausted.

To learn an object using a specific library

  1. Double click on a rule in the drop down list.  The button text should change to the text that you selected.

  2. Press the button.

  3. Select an object on the screen and make sure it is highlighted with a rectangle.

  4. Press Ctrl+2 to learn the object.

Transparent Option

While the Recording Activity (RA) dialog is open, it is always on top. The Transparent checkbox makes the RA Dialog transparent so that you can interact with objects behind it.  The image below illustrates the difference:

recording activity dialog, transparent

When you click the Transparent option, it will look like the following:


The main advantage of this mode is that you can click in the area where the RA dialog is displayed and the clicks will be sent through to the AUT.