Test Lab Module Menus and Buttons

This section describes the menus and buttons available in the Test Lab module.

To access

On the ALM sidebar, under Testing, select Test Lab.

Relevant tasks

How to Run Tests in ALM

See also

User interface elements are described below:

UI Element (A - Z)

Menu

Description

Add Time Dependency to Flow  

Adds a time dependency icon to the diagram.

To create a time dependency for a test, link the arrow from the icon to a test in the Execution Flow. The default time dependency is the ALM server's current date and time. For details, see Execution Flow Tab.

Available from: Execution Flow

Add to Favorites

Favorites

Opens the Add Favorite dialog box, enabling you to add a favorite view to your private or the public folder. For details, see Add Favorite Dialog Box.

Alerts

Tests (Test Sets tab > Execution Grid)

Opens the Alerts dialog box, enabling you to display alerts for the test instance. For details, see Alerts Dialog Box.

Available from: Execution Grid

Arrange Layout

Tests

Arranges the tests in the Execution Flow diagram in a hierarchical layout, enabling you to view relationships between different tests.

Available from: Execution Flow

Assign to Cycle

Test Sets

Enables you to assign a test set folder to a cycle. For details, see Select Cycles Dialog Box.

Attachments

<right-click menu>

Opens the Attachments page inside the Test Instance Details dialog box, enabling you to add an attachment to a test instance. For details, see Attachments Page.

Available from: Execution Grid

Clear Alerts

Tests

Clears displayed alerts for the module. For details, see How to Use Alerts.

Available from: Execution Grid

Clear Assigned Cycle

Test Sets

Clears the assigned cycle from the test set folder.

Clear Follow Up Flag
  • Edit (In the Test Runs module

  • Tests (Test Lab module > Execution Grid)

Clears the follow up flag for a selected test instance or test run. For details, see Flag For Follow Up Dialog Box.

Clear Pinned Baseline

Test Sets

Clears the baseline that is pinned to the test set.

Note: Clearing a pinned test set deletes all test runs from the test set.

Collapse

View

Collapses the folders in the test sets tree below the selected folder.

Available from: Test Sets tab

Continue Manual Run
  • Tests (Test Lab module > Execution Grid/Flow)

  • Test Runs (Test Runs module)

Continues running the selected tests with the same runner that was used the first time the test was run. For details, see How to Run Tests Manually.

Copy to Clipboard

Tests

Copies the Execution Flow diagram to the clipboard as a bitmap.

Copy URL/Paste

Edit

Copies a selected test set or test run and pastes its URL as a link. The test set or test run itself is not copied. Instead, you can paste the address into another location, such as an email or a document. Clicking on the link opens ALM and takes you to the test set or test run. If you are not already logged in, ALM first prompts for login details.

Copy/Paste

Edit

Copies selected test sets or test set folders and pastes them to another test set folder in the same project or in another project.

When you paste test sets to another project, the Paste Test Set Folders To Target Project dialog box opens. For details, see Paste Test Set Folders To Target Project Dialog Box.

Note:  

  • When copying test sets or test set folders, test run information is not copied.

  • To copy test sets or test set folders across projects, both projects must use the same ALM version and patch level.

Cut/Paste

Edit

Moves a selected test set or test set folder to a different location in the test sets tree.

Tip: You can also move a test set or test set folder to a new location in the test sets tree by dragging it.

Delete

Edit

Deletes a selected test set, test set folder, or test run. You cannot delete the Root folder, the Unattached folder, or the default test set.

When deleting a test set folder, opens the Confirm Delete Folder dialog box, enabling you to select one of the following delete options:

  • Delete folders only. Deletes the folder and moves all test sets to the Unattached folder. The Unattached folder contains all test sets that are no longer associated with a folder.

  • Delete folders and test sets. Permanently deletes the folder and all its subfolders and test sets.

Details  

Opens the corresponding Details dialog box, enabling you to view and update details of the selected test set, test instance, or test run.

For details, see:

Enable Manual Test Run Confirmation

Tests

Instructs ALM to display the Manual Test Run dialog box each time you run manual tests. For details, see Manual Test Run Dialog Box.

Available from: Execution Grid, Execution Flow

Expand All

View

Expands all folders in the test sets tree below the selected folder.

Export
  • Test Sets (Test Lab module)

  • Edit (Test Runs module)

Exports the data in the Test Runs tab as a text file, Microsoft Excel worksheet, Microsoft Word document, HTML document, or text document.

Filter

View

Enables you to filter and sort the runs in the test runs grid. For details, Filter Dialog Box.

Available from: Test Runs module

Find
  • Tests (Test Lab module > Execution Grid)

  • Edit (Test Runs module)

Opens the Find dialog box, enabling you to search for a test run in the test runs grid, or a test instance in the Execution Grid. For details, see Find Dialog Box.

Find Folder/Test Set

Edit

Opens the Find dialog box, enabling you to search for test sets and test set folders. For details, see Find Dialog Box.

Note: If you have applied filters to the test sets tree, ALM restricts the search to the test sets currently displayed.

Find Test in Flow

<right-click menu>

Opens the Find Test Instance dialog box, enabling you to search for a test in the Execution Flow diagram.

A successful search opens the Find Results dialog box. Click the Keep on Top button to display the Find Results dialog box on top of all open windows.

To display a selected window on top of the Find Results dialog box, click the Not on Top button .

Available from: Execution Flow

Fit in Window <toolbar>

Resizes the Execution Flow diagram to fit the window.

Click the arrow to select a magnification option. Options include:

  • Magnification level: 25%, 50%, 150%, 200%.

  • Normal. Displays the diagram at 100% magnification.

  • Fit in Window. Displays the entire diagram in the window.

  • Custom Zoom. Opens the Custom Zoom dialog box. Type a zoom level and click Zoom.

Available from: Execution Flow

Flag for Follow Up
  • Tests (Test Lab module > Execution Grid)

  • Edit (Test Runs module)

Opens the Flag for Follow Up dialog box, enabling you to add or modify a follow up flag for a selected test instance or test run. For details, see Flag For Follow Up Dialog Box.

Generate Test Configuration <right-click menu>

After upgrading from a previous version of Quality Center, this dialog box enables you to create a test configuration from an existing test instance.

Caution: Only use this option for migrating tests. Do not use this option for new tests or tests that have already been migrated.

For user interface details, see Generate Test Configuration Dialog Box.

Available from: Execution Grid

Global Search <toolbar>

A global search engine enabling you to search for data on one or multiple projects. The following ALM modules are supported: Defects, Requirements, Tests, Test Sets, and Analysis.

For details on enabling Global Search, see Enabling Global Search.

For user interface details, see Global Search Window.

Go to Configuration in Test Plan

Tests

Opens the Test Plan module and highlights the selected test configuration in the Test Configurations tab.

Available from: Execution Grid, Execution Flow

Go to Test in Test Plan

Tests

Opens the Test Plan module and highlights the selected test.

Available from: Execution Grid, Execution Flow

Go to Test Set

Test Sets

Opens the Go to Test Set dialog box, enabling you to type a Test Set ID to find a specific test set in the test sets tree.

To locate the Test Set ID for a test set, select the test set in the test sets tree and click the Details tab.

Go to Timeslot

<right-click menu>

Opens the Timeslots module, displaying the timeslot for the selected test run.

Available from: Test Runs module

ALM Editions: Timeslots are only available for ALM Edition. For information about ALM editions and their functionality, see ALM Editions. To find out what edition of ALM you are using, ask your ALM site administrator.

Graphs

Analysis

Lists the graphs you can generate for Test Lab data. Select a predefined graph, or launch the graph wizard.

For details on the predefined graph types, see Entity Graph Types.

Grid Filters

View

Displays a grid filter box under each column name, enabling you to define a filter condition for a column.

Type directly into the box, or click the box to display the browse button, which opens the Select Filter Condition dialog box. For details, see Select Filter Condition Dialog Box.

Host Manager for Default Test Sets

Test Sets

Opens the Host Manager dialog box, enabling you to define hosts for remote test execution within a Default test set. For details, see Host Manager Dialog Box (for Default test sets only).

Host Manager for Functional Test Sets Test Sets Opens the Testing Hosts module, enabling you to manage and define hosts for server-side Functional test set execution. For details, see Testing Hosts Overview.
Import External Test Results Test Sets Opens the Import External Test Results dialog box, enabling you to import a results file generate from an external tool to ALM.

For details, see Import External Test Results Dialog Box.

Indicator Columns

Tests

Displays the following columns on the left-side of the Execution Grid and test runs grid: . For details, see Test Lab Module Icons.

Last Run Report

Tests

Opens the Last Run Report pane, displaying results of the last test run for the selected test.

You can also click the Show arrow to display the Last Run Report pane.

Available from: Execution Grid

Last Run Report <toolbar>

ALM Edition: For functional test sets, opens the Execution Report page for the selected test set, displaying the last Execution Report belonging to this test set. For more details about the Execution report page, see .

Live Analysis

Analysis

Lists options for displaying graphs in the Live Analysis tab. Add or delete a graph, or configure its appearance. For details on live analysis, see Analysis Overview.

Available from:  Live Analysis Tab

Most Recently Used

Analysis

Lists the most recently viewed reports and graphs in ALM. Displays up to ten items.

New Folder

Test Sets

Opens the New Test Set Folder dialog box, enabling you to add a folder under a selected folder.

Syntax exceptions: A test set folder name cannot include the following characters: \ ˆ *

New Test Set

Test Sets

Opens the New Test Set dialog box, enabling you to add a test set to a selected folder. For details, see New Test Set Dialog Box.

Order Test Instances

Tests

Opens the Order Test Instances dialog box, enabling you to change the execution order of the tests in the Execution Grid or Execution Flow. For details, see Order Test Instances Dialog Box.

Available from: Execution Grid, Execution Flow

Organize Favorites

Favorites

Opens the Organize Favorites dialog box, enabling you to organize the list of favorite views by changing properties or deleting views. For details, see Organize Favorites Dialog Box.

Available from: Test Sets tab

Pin to Baseline

Test Sets

Opens the Select Baseline dialog box, enabling you to pin the test set to a baseline. For details, see Select a Baseline Page.

Private

Favorites

Lists the favorite views that are accessible only to the user who created them.

Project Reports

Analysis

Lists the predefined project reports that you can produce on test lab data. For details on the report types, see Predefined Project Reports.

Selecting a report from the list generates a preview of the report. The preview displays up to five entities per report section. To generate the full report, in the upper left corner of the preview, click the downward arrow adjacent to the Generate button and select the report format to generate.

Public

Favorites

Lists the favorite views that are accessible to all users.

Purge Runs
  • Tests Sets (Test Lab module > Execution Grid)

  • Test Runs (Test Runs module)

Opens the Purge Runs wizard, enabling you to delete old test run results in your project. For details, see Purge Runs Wizard.

Refresh Flow

Tests

Refreshes the view to display the most up-to-date information.

Available from: Execution Flow

Refresh/Refresh All

View

Refreshes the view to display the most up-to-date information.

Remove all Execution Conditions

Tests

Enables you to delete all execution conditions and time dependencies in a selected test set.

If your test set includes both execution conditions and time dependencies, opens the Remove All Execution Conditions dialog box.

If your test set includes only execution conditions or time dependencies, a confirm dialog box opens.

Available from: Execution Flow

Remove Execution Condition

<right-click menu>

Enables you to delete an execution condition for a selected condition arrow.

Available from: Execution Flow

Remove Test Instances from Test Set

Tests

Removes the selected test instances from the test set.

Available from: Execution Grid, Execution Flow

Remove Test's Execution Conditions

<right-click menu>

Enables you to delete all execution conditions for a selected test instance.

Available from: Execution Flow

Remove Time Dependency

<right-click menu>

Right-click a Time Dependency icon connected to a test and choose Remove Time Dependency to remove the specified time dependency.

Available from: Execution Flow

Rename

Edit

Enables you to rename a test set or a test set folder. You cannot rename the Root folder, the Unattached folder, or the default test set.

Replace
  • Tests (Test Lab module > Execution Grid)

  • Edit (Test Runs module)

Opens the Replace dialog box, enabling you to replace a field value in the grid. For details, see Replace Dialog Box.

Reset Test Set

Test Sets

Opens the Confirm Reset Test Set dialog box, enabling you to change the status of all the tests in the test set to No Run.

You can also instruct ALM to delete all the test run results in the test set.

Run

Tests

If you select a manual test: Opens one of the following to run the test:

  • If Sprinter is installed on your local machine, Sprinter opens. For details, see Sprinter Overview.

  • If Sprinter is not installed, the Manual Runner dialog box opens. For details, see Manual Runner Wizard.

If you select two or more manual tests: Opens the Manual Test Run dialog box. For details, see Manual Test Run Dialog Box.

If you select automated tests: Opens the Automatic Runner dialog box. For details, see Automatic Runner Dialog Box.

Available from: Execution Grid, Execution Flow

Run Test Sets

Opens the Run <Entity> Dialog box, enabling you to run the selected functional test instance. For details, see .

Available from: Execution Grid

Run Test Set

Test Sets

For Default test sets:

  • If the test set includes one or more automated tests, opens the Automatic Runner dialog box to run the currently selected test set. For details, see Automatic Runner Dialog Box.
  • If the test set includes manual tests only, opens the Manual Test Run dialog box. For details, see Manual Test Run Dialog Box.

For Functional test sets: Opens the Run <Entity> Dialog box, enabling you to run the selected functional test set. For details, see .

Run with Sprinter

Tests

Opens Sprinter to run the selected tests. For details, see Sprinter Overview.

Available from: Execution Grid

Run with Manual Runner

Tests

Runs a manual or automated test manually from the Manual Runner dialog box. For details, see Manual Runner Wizard.

Available from: Execution Grid, Execution Flow

Select Columns
  • Tests (Test Lab module > Execution Grid)

  • View (Test Runs module)

Opens the Select Columns dialog box, enabling you to determine which columns to display and set the order in which the columns are displayed. For details, see Select Columns/Select Fields Dialog Box.

Select Tests

Test Sets

Enables you to select tests to add to the currently selected test set. Displays the following:

  • Test Plan Tree tab. Add tests from the test plan tree to a test set.

  • Requirements Tree tab. Add tests covering requirements from the requirements tree to a test set.

For details, see Select Tests Pane.

Available from: Execution Grid, Execution Flow

Send by Email

Test Runs

Opens the Send E-mail dialog box, enabling you to send a test run by email to recipients selected from a list, or to the tester. For details, see Send E-mail Dialog Box.

Set Filter/Sort
  • View

  • Tests (Execution Grid)

Enables you to set filter and sort options for the test sets tree or Execution Grid.

Includes the following options:

  • Set Filter/Sort. Opens the Filter dialog box, enabling you to filter and sort tests.

  • Clear Filter/Sort. Clears any filters or sorting that you have applied.

For details, see Filter Dialog Box.

Show Full Test Names

Tests

Displays full test names in the Execution Flow diagram. By default, long names are truncated.

Available from: Execution Flow

Stop Run <toolbar>

Stops execution of the selected run.

Note: Only enabled when the selected run is in the Initializing, Running, or Stopping states.

Switch to Functional/Default Test Set

<right-click menu>

Switch to Functional/Default Test Set. Changes the mode of execution of the selected test set. Toggles the test set between Default and Functional.

  • When switching a test set from Default to Functional, each test instance in the test set is converted.

    • If a test instance had no value for the Planned Host Name field, or the value does not match any of the hosts in the Testing Hosts module, then the Testing Host field is set to Automatch and the purpose is set according to the test instance type.

    • If the value in the Planned Host name field matches one of the hosts in the Testing Hosts module, and that testing host has a purpose which matches the test instance type, then that testing host is allocated to the test instance.

  • When switching a test set from Functional to Default, ALM will remove the test set from any build verification suite in which it appears. If the test had started out as part of a Default test set, then the Planned Host Name field is restored to its original value.

Note:  

  • Some test instance types cannot be converted. If you are changing from Default to Functional and your test set includes tests which are not supported, the conversion process is blocked and you receive a warning message. Supported test instances include business process, flow, Quick Test Professional, Service Test, System Test, and VAPI-XP.

  • This button is disabled for users who do not have permission to change the type of a test set.

  • You can select and change the type of multiple test sets at once, but only if you select test sets of a single type (either Functional or Default). If you select multiple test sets of different test set types you will be unable to switch the test set type of the entire selection.

Test Instance Details

Tests

Opens the Test Instance Details dialog box, enabling you to view and update details of the selected test instance. For details, see Test Instance Details Dialog Box.

Available from: Execution Grid

Test Set Details

Test Sets

Opens the Test Set Details dialog box, enabling you to view and update details of the selected test set. For details, see Test Set Details Dialog Box .

Text Search

Edit

Opens the text search pane in the lower part of the Test Lab module window, enabling you to search for records in predefined fields. For details, see Text Search Pane.

Available from: Test Runs module

Update Selected <right-click menu>

Opens the Update Selected dialog box, enabling you to update a field value for multiple selected tests in the grid. For details, see Update Selected Dialog Box.

Available from: Execution Grid tab

View

Tests

Lists options for selecting tests in the Execution Grid. Options include:

  • Select All

  • Deselect All

  • Invert Selection

Available from: Execution Grid tab

Zoom

Tests

Changes the magnification level of the Execution Flow. Options include:

Zoom In. Increases the magnification level so that you can view a section of the Execution Flow more closely.

Zoom Out. Decreases the magnification level so that you can view more of the Execution Flow.

Available from: Execution Flow