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Structure repository items

As your tests grow larger and more complex, your repository will also contain an increasing number of items. Normally, they are structured automatically, i.e. Ranorex Studio will create app folders and rooted folders automatically. However, this can become confusing with many items. You may prefer to structure the repository yourself. This chapter describes the types of folders available and how to use them to structure your repository.

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App folder


App folders are root folders. They represent the top-level data container in the tree structure of repository elements. They can never be a child of another folder. In the example below, the folders RxMainFrame and List1000 are app folders.

  1. RxMainFrame

  • RxMainFrame is the top-level folder that contains all UI elements of the Ranorex Studio Demo Application.
  1. List1000

  • List1000 is the top-level folder that contains all selectable items in the Department drop-down.

Create an app folder

  1. In the Item column, right-click in an empty area.

  2. Click Add new item > App folder or press Ctrl+P.

  3. The new app folder appears with the default name.

Rename an app folder

Renaming app folders
  1. Select the desired app folder and press F2.

  2. Enter a name.

Rooted folder


Rooted folders represent distinct parts of the UI that contain a set of individual UI elements. Repository items in a rooted folder all share the same base path, i.e. the path of the rooted folder. In the example below, the  RxTabStandard is a rooted folder.

  1. RxTabStandard

  • The rooted folder and what it represents in the UI of the Demo Application, i.e. the Test database tab.
  • All items in the rooted folder share the rooted folder’s path.
  1. Repository items in rooted folder

  • Repository items representing the UI elements in the left part of the Test database tab, which in turn is represented by the rooted folder.
  1. Right-click where you want to add the rooted folder.

  2. Click Add new item.

  3. Click Rooted folder, or press Ctrl+R.

Group items in a new rooted folder

You can also group existing repository items in a new rooted folder.

  1. Select the repository items you want to group.

  2. Right-click them and click Group in new rooted folder.

  3. Name the folder. The repository items are grouped in the new folder.

  1. Path specification of grouped repository items

  • The rooted folder’s path is the shared path of the selected repository items.
  • The repository items are displayed with their individual path endings.

Rename a rooted folder

  1. Click the desired rooted folder and press F2.

  2. Enter a name.

Optimize a folder’s path

A rooted folder’s path should always be the longest possible path shared among all the repository items it contains. To ensure this is the case, use the Optimize folder path option.

  1. The rooted folder SelectGender and its two repository items ButtonFemale and ButtonMale.

  2. The base path of the rooted folder is empty.

  3. Full paths of the two repository items. Note they only differ in the control name at the end.

  1. Right-click the rooted folder.

  2. Click Optimize folder path.

  1. Again, the same rooted folder SelectGender and its two repository items ButtonFemale and ButtonMale.

  2. The base path of the rooted folder is now the longest shared path of the two repository items.

  3. Only that portion of the path required to uniquely identify the two repository items is displayed.

Simple folder


Simple folders do not have a base path. These folders allow you to use your own logical categories, like folders in Windows. Simple folders are never created automatically. They need to be created and managed manually.

Creating a simple folder
  1. Right-click where you want to add the simple folder.

  2. Click Add new item > Simple folder or press Ctrl + D.

  3. Name the folder and fill it with repository items.

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