Run Control Sidebar

This sidebar enables you to set the status of your test and move between the different tests in the list of tests you are running.

UI Example
Click thumbnail to view full size image of the sidebar without Power Mode options.
UI Example
Click thumbnail to view full size image of the sidebar with Power Mode options.
To access

Do the following:

  1. Enter Run mode

  2. Open a test or component.

  3. Click the Run or the Power Mode Run button.

To end the run and close the sidebar:

  1. Expand the sidebar.

  2. Click the Stop button.

Tip: To lock the sidebar in the open position, click the thumbtack icon. To reposition the sidebar, click and drag on the sidebar header.

Related tasks

User interface elements are described below (unlabeled elements are shown in angle brackets):

UI Elements


User Actions. Displays the number of user actions performed in the current run.

Pause/Resume Capturing. Pauses and resumes Sprinter from capturing each user action as it is performed.

  • If you pause capturing, all subsequent actions are not represented in the Storyboard Window or the User Actions report. If you enabled Automatic screen movie recording in the Settings dialog box, this is also paused. For details, see Run Settings Pane (Settings Dialog Box).

  • For ALM and UFT users, if you are performing a test on multiple machines (mirroring) and pause capturing, all subsequent actions are not replicated on the secondary machines.

  • For ALM and UFT users, if after you pause capturing, you perform actions in the test that affect the user interface, there may be significant differences between the primary and secondary machines. When you restart capturing, the secondary machines may be unable to replicate the user actions until you manually update the secondary machine user interface to match that of the primary machine.

Attachments (tests only). Opens the Run Attachments Dialog Box, enabling you to add, edit, or remove attachments in your run.

Test Details (tests only). Opens the Test Details Dialog Box.

Previous Test. Returns to the previous test in the Test Runs list.

Next Test. Advances to the next test in the Test Runs list.

  • All the sidebars and displays are updated to display the current state of the previous/next test in the Test Runs list.

  • When moving between tests, you may need to perform actions in the test application to ensure it is in the proper state for the test you want to perform.

  • If you are working in Power Mode, you may want to stop capturing while performing these actions, so that they do not appear in the Run Control sidebar, the Storyboard Window, or the list of actions in a defect.

  • For ALM users: If you are running a test with mirroring, you can continue capturing so that these actions are replicated on your secondary machines. If you stop capturing, you will need to perform these user actions on each secondary machine in your run.

Limitation: In some cases, the Previous/Next Test button may be disabled.

Workaround: Use the dropdown test list to switch between tests.

<Test list>

The list of tests in your run. Each test in the list includes the date and time of the test and the test status.

To move between tests, click the Previous Test or Next Test buttons, or click the down-arrow next to the test list and select a test.

<Test status>

The status of the current test. You can modify the status of the current test by clicking the down-arrow next to the test status icon and selecting a status from the list.

Status values:

The status values include the following default system values as well as any user-defined status values:

  • Passed. The test passed.

  • Failed. The test failed.

  • Not Completed. The test was paused in the middle.

  • Blocked. The test is blocked.

  • No Run. (Default selection) The test has not yet been run.

  • N/A. Current status is not applicable.

End Run. Ends the testing session and returns to the Main Sprinter Window.