When you plan a suite of QuickTest Professional test scripts, you may realize that each test requires some identical activities, such as logging in. Rather than inserting all of the login steps three times in three separate tests and enhancing this part of the script (with checkpoints, parameterization, and programming statements) separately for each test, you can create an action that logs into a flight reservation system and store it with one test. After you are satisfied with the action you created, you can insert calls to the existing action into other tests.
You can insert calls to an existing action by inserting a call to a copy of the action, or by inserting a call to the original action.
For example, suppose you want to create the following three tests for the Mercury Tours site—booking a flight, modifying a reservation, and deleting a reservation. While planning your tests, you realize that for each test, you need to log in and log out of the site, giving a total of five actions for all three tests.
You would initially create three tests with five actions. Test 1 would contain two reusable actions (Logging In and Logging Out). These actions can later be called by Test 2 and Test 3.
You would then finish creating Test 2 and Test 3 by inserting calls to the reusable actions you created in Test 1
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