Before starting with the Selenium IDE Tutorial series, it is good to understand the complete IDE components and Selenium IDE Features. The names of the different sections and their purpose and functioning. It is good to know before hand so that the reader should know what section or component tutorial is reffering to.
Selenium IDE Features
Selenium IDE is divided in to seven different sections. These sections further have different sub-sections or functionalities.
Section 1: Menu Bar
Menu bar is positioned at the upper most of the Selenium IDE window. The menu bar is typically comprised of five (File, Edit, Actions, Options & Help) modules.
The File Menu has various options for Test Cases and Test Suite (suite of Test Cases) for example creating, saving and exporting tests All these options are also available for Test Suite. The Edit Menu allows copy, paste, delete, undo, and select all operations for editing the commands in your test case. The Options menu allows the changing of settings.
Section 2: Tool Bar
Base URL bar is principally same as that of an address bar in any of the browser. It remembers the previously visited websites so that the navigation becomes easy later on.
The ToolBar contains Buttons for Controlling the Execution of test cases, including a step feature for debugging the test cases. One can set the speed of the test. Stop, Play and Record can also be done from the same place.
Section 3: Test Case Pane
Test Case Pane Contains all the Test Cases that are recorded by IDE. The tool has a capability of opening more than one test case at the same time under test case pane and the user can easily shuffle between the test cases.
This also displays the Test Execution Result Summary, which includes Status of the entire Test Suite, Total number of Test Executed etc.
Section 4: Test Step Pane
Editor is a section where IDE Records a Test Case Steps. Each and every user action is recorded in the editor in the same order in which they are performed. The test can also be edited or changed from the same section.
Section 5: Output Pane
The bottom pane is known as Log Pane and used for four different functions Log, Reference, UI-Element, and Rollup depending on which tab is selected.