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HP UFT (QTP) supports 3 types of recording modes

  1. Context Sensitive
  2. Analog
  3. Low Level

Context Sensitive Recording mode

  • 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 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 analog recording mode, Quick Test Professional  records and tracks every movement of the mouse as you drag the mouse around a screen or window.
  • QTP'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 are confined to just one window , use relative to window
  • When your analog operation involve 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 takes 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

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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