Window management

▶️ You can find a tutorial on how to manage windows on our Youtube channel.

‍The window management action allows you to manage the Windows operating system, Windows desktop modal applications and browser tabs.

It does not allow to manage internal windows of some Web applications, which are floating HTML elements, directly accessible with the Web automations.

A specific menu is also available to manage dialog boxes without adding unnecessary complexity.

In other words, the window action does not only concern various windows but also tabs on the same page and pop-ups.

When an application opens a window, Agilitest cannot determine whether the capture should take place on that window or whether it should remain on the current window. This depends on how the application designers intended to do it, whether the window is modal, non-modal, etc.

To access the window action options, click on the "Window" button in the action menu

window action

The window action has a sub-menu with three possible actions:

window actions menu
  • Size and location: This moves the window by specifying its new Cartesian coordinates or change its size (height and width)
  • Window visual state: This allows you to send an event from the operating system about the current window
  • Switch window: This changes the current window by indicating the number of the window to be changed

Size and location

This action allows you to move the window by specifying its new Cartesian coordinates, or to change its size: height and width.

Simply activate the parameters you wish to change by clicking on the yellow stars, then enter the desired values.

This action will affect the current window.

Window visual state

This action will allow you to send an operating system event to the current window.

It works in the same way as if you had clicked on one of the icons of your application (top right for Windows).

The possible actions are as follows:
  • Close: To close the current window
  • Maximize: To enlarge the current window to the maximum
  • Reduce: To reduce the window

Switch window

When there is only one window in the application, all actions that are performed are sent to this window. When an application has several windows, a current window must be defined.

This is very similar to the current channel: all actions that are performed are on the current window.

The windows involved are true OS windows: you can have a very complex web application that handles multiple windows in a browser without having to switch windows.

This function allows you to change the current window by indicating the number of the window concerned. In general, the number 0 corresponds to the main window of the application, and the following numbers are in the order of appearance of the windows (or tabs in a browser).

Problematic interventions

All these actions will allow you to precisely influence the configuration of your application's windows.

In some cases, this can cause problems:

Forced positioning

If you always place your application windows in the same position, you may not see any bugs, in which case we recommend letting the applications use the screen space as they wish, and possibly testing on different screen sizes.

Obviously, in some cases, it is useful to force a specific configuration, if you use graphical recognition for example, because contrary to an approach related to the application structure (DOM, Desktop), graphical recognition will act on the elements actually visible on the screen.

Direct intervention on the application

Closing the current window gets rid of a cluttered pop-up window.

But we do not recommend closing the main application window (unless you want to control an alert window).

To do this properly in Agilitest, use the action to close the channel.

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