Change How an Element Is Found
When a web page element has an action recorded against it, or you explicitly
add an element to the Elements pane, a Find Expression is
generated that Test Studio uses to find that specific element on the web page.
- To change how an element is found, right click on the element in the
Explorer and select Edit Element.
In the VS plugin, click the Show Element Explorer icon
in the toolbar and locate the Explorer at the bottom of the screen.
Select Edit in Live to directly open the Find Element dialog for the page open in the current recorder.
- The Find Element splash screen appears. You have three options
for how to locate the element:
- Find in the Live Version - find the element using the latest
version of a new browser window, an existing test step, or an application
that you currently have open.
- New Browser - this will launch a new instance of your application. You may need to manually navigate to the element. Click Browse & Navigate to proceed.
- Existing Test Step - use an existing step from a test
to get to the element. Click Choose Test Step to proceed.
- Current Page - select where the element is available
from a list of currently running browser instances or WPF applications.
Click Go to proceed.
- Cached Version - if your test failed, you can find the
element using the cached version of the application at the
time of failure. Accessible only through the Resolve Failure tab in the Step Failure Details.
- Find Without Connection - choose this option to find the
element without connecting to the application.
Note: To skip this splash screen the next time you load the Find Element dialog, check the box at the bottom and click Close.
- The Find Element dialog appears. The Element Name,
Element Type, and Connection Status are at the top.
The Change Element link opens the Select New Element dialog.
In the Select Html Element dialog, you can open the Find Element dialog for a different element in the Elements Repository.
The Connection Options button takes you back to the Find
Element splash screen.
- The Suggestions and DOM views are on
the left side.
The Find Settings view is on the right side. You can
edit these settings by typing in new properties, selecting a new modifier in the
drop-down menu, or changing the values. Click Validate to confirm whether the element can be found using the current Find
- Suggestions - these are the suggested items to help you
find the element in the application. Click an item to add it to your Find
- DOM - use the DOM as a reference when creating your
Find Settings. This view is helpful in determining where your element is
located relative to the DOM tree.
you can also data drive the
element find expression. If your test has an attached data source, the value
fields of the find expressions for your elements will include a drop-down list
displaying columns from your data source.
Selecting a column databinds the column to the value of the find expression rule.
If the element was not found, click the Troubleshoot button. Choose a suggested fix from the Troubleshoot screen.
There are three additional buttons in the upper right of the Find
Once you've confirmed you are targeting the correct element and it is
correctly found, click Save and Close. If the modified element is used by
multiple automation steps, you are prompted to select the steps you want to
persist changes to.
- Select New Element - choose this option if the
incorrect element was selected for this step. This will clear your current
settings and Test Studio provides new filters for the new element.
- Advanced - edit the Find Settings using a string-based
- Reset - restores fields to their original settings.
In 2012 R1, Test Studio used a backup search to find missing elements based on their XPath. However, as of 2012 R2 SP1, steps will fail if the primary find logic does not locate an element. This may cause steps that passed in 2012.2.920 and earlier to fail. This prevents misidentification of elements using the fragile XPath backup find logic.