Types of Recording Modes in QTP/UFT: Analog, Low Level, Context

HP UFT (QTP) supports 3 types of recording modes

  1. Context Sensitive
  2. Analog
  3. Low Level

Context Sensitive Recording mode

  • The normal recording mode is also called Context Sensitive Mode
  • It is the default mode of recording which takes full advantage of Quick Test Professional’s test object model.
  • It recognizes objects in the application regardless of their location on the screen.
  • It records the objects in your application and the operations performed on them

Analog Recording Mode

  • In an analog recording mode, Quick Test Professional records and tracks every movement of the mouse as you drag the mouse around a screen or window.
  • Micro Focus UFT’s Analog recording is captured as Tracks and stored in the directory of your test
  • It is useful for recording operations that cannot be recorded at the level of an object. Eg., A signature produced by dragging the mouse
  • In Analog mode you can record
  1. Record Relative to screen
  2. Relative to window
  • When your analog operation is confined to just one window, use relative to a window
  • When your analog operation involves multiple screens like dragging and dropping an object from one window to other use the screen option

Low-Level Mode

  • This mode enables you to record on any object in your application, irrespective of QTP recognizes the specific object or the specific operation.
  • This mode records at the object level and records all run-time objects as either Window or WinObject test objects.
  • It is used when the exact coordinates of the object are important for your tests. A good example would be hashmaps where clicking different sections of a picture take you to different links
  • Used when recording tests in an environment (or on an object) not recognized by QTP
  • Low-level mode records the x,y coordinates of any clicks

Learn Context, Analog, Low-Level Recording Modes with an example in the following video

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  • Analog recording and low-level recording require more disk space than normal recording mode.
  • For both modes, screen positions during the record and run time needs to be identical otherwise script fails
  • Hence, Use analog recording or low-level recording only when normal recording mode does not accurately record your operation.
  • At times QTP automatically switches to low-level mode while recording objects or environments not supported by QTP