Exploratory testing with the Test & Feedback extension in Standalone mode

Last Update: 5/23/2017

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All teams can use the Test & Feedback extension (previously called the Exploratory Testing extension) in Standalone mode. Users don't need a Visual Studio Team Services account or Team Foundation Server connection to use this mode.

  1. If you haven't already, install the Test & Feedback extension.

  2. Open the extension in your web browser and select Standalone mode.

    Start the extension in Standalone mode

  3. Open the web application you want to explore and start the testing session.

    Start recording in Standalone mode

  4. When you find an area that has a bug, take a screenshot of the entire screen or any part of it.

    Take a screenshot of the application issue

  5. You can annotate the screenshot using the tools available in the inline annotation toolbar.

    Annotate your screenshot if required

  6. Make notes about the issue to share with your team, and then save the note.

    Add notes about the issue if required

  7. When you have finished capturing information for this issue, choose Create bug.

    Create a bug from the captured information

  8. The bug form contains all your captured information. Enter a title for the bug and add any additional notes you require to the description. Then save the bug.

    Enter a title and description, then save the bug

  9. View a list of all your activities in reverse chronological order in the Session timeline page. It shows all the screenshots and notes you've captured and the bugs you've already created.

    Review your captured information

  10. Continue exploring the application. Create more bugs as you encounter issues with the app. When you're done, stop your session.

    Stop the exploratory testing session

    The extension automatically creates a session report that contains details of all the bugs created during the session, and any attachments.

    The exploratory testing report

  11. The report is saved in the default Downloads folder of your web browser. Share it with the rest of your team as an email attachment, or copy it to OneNote, Word, or in any other format you prefer.

How do I play the video recordings I created with the extension?

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