Manage add-ins

This topic is relevant for UFT versions 15.0.1 and later. For earlier versions, see Manage add-ins (UFT 15.0 and earlier).

To record, run, and spy on objects of a certain technology, the relevant add-in must be installed and loaded.

Load or remove add-ins when opening UFT

The add-ins loaded when you open UFT are automatically associated with new tests you create in this UFT session.

If you open existing tests associated with other add-ins, these add-ins are loaded automatically and removed when you close the relevant tests. This is called dynamic add-in loading.

To specify which add-ins are loaded when you open UFT 

  1. Start UFT.

    The Unified Functional Testing Add-in Manager Dialog Box opens.

    Tip: If the dialog box does not open, change the setting in Tools > Options > General > Startup Options > Display Add-in manager on startup.

  2. In the add-in list, select or clear the check box for the relevant add-in and click OK.

    To maximize performance, select only add-ins that you want to use in new tests or add-ins that you want to add to existing tests. UFT will dynamically load any other add-ins required by existing tests when you open those tests.

When UFT is open, you can check which add-ins are loaded

Open the Properties pane of your test or application area.

  • The list of add-ins displays all loaded add-ins.
  • The selected add-ins are the add-ins associated with the test or application area.

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Match loaded add-ins with associated add-ins

If a test or component uses objects from a certain technology, the relevant add-in should be associated to the test or component using the Properties pane of the test or application area. This enables UFT to know which add-ins must be loaded for the test to run.

If there are add-ins associated with your test or with your business component's application area that are not currently loaded

UFT dynamically loads the necessary add-ins for your test or business component.

Once loaded, you can use these add-ins to add objects to other open tests or components. If you do, manually associate the add-ins using the Properties pane of the test or application area.

If add-ins are loaded but are not associated with your test or with your business component's application area

Decide whether to remove the add-ins or associate them with your test or component. Then do one of the following: 

  • Close and reopen UFT, and clear the check boxes for the add-ins in the Add-in Manager Dialog Box, if they are not required.

  • Add the add-ins to the list of associated add-ins for your test or for your business component's application area.

    • To change the list of add-ins associated with your test, select File > Settings and click Modify in the Properties pane.

    • To change the list of add-ins associated with your business component, open the application area associated with your business component, and modify the list in the Properties pane.

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Loading add-ins for Business Process Tests and Business Process Flows

The add-ins required by a Business Process Test or a Business Process Flow cannot be determined when they are opened. Therefore dynamic add-in loading is not supported for Business Process Tests and Business Process Flows. Make sure you select all necessary add-ins in the Add-in Manager dialog box when opening UFT.

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