Run tests

Run your manual tests and record the test results for each test step using Microsoft Test Runner. If you find an issue when testing, use Test Runner to create a bug. Test steps, screenshots and comments are automatically included in the bug. 

You only need a Basic license to run tests that have been assigned to you with Visual Studio Online. Find out here which licenses you need for more advanced testing features.

  1. If you haven't already, create tests.

  2. Select a test from a test suite and run it.

    Select and run a specific test 

    Microsoft Test Runner starts in a new browser instance.

  3. Start the app that you want to test. Your app does not need to run on the same machine as Test Runner. You simply use Test Runner to record whether test steps pass or fail as you run a test manually. For example, you might run Test Runner on a desktop machine and run your Windows 8 store app that you are testing on a Windows 8 tablet.

    Use Microsoft Test Runner to record your test results
  4. Mark each test step as either passed or failed based on the expected results. If a test step fails, you can enter a comment on why it failed.

    Mark test steps
  5. Create a bug to describe what failed.

    Submit a bug

    The steps and your comments are automatically added to the bug. Also, the test case is linked to the bug.

    If Test Runner is running in an Internet Explorer 11 or a Chrome window, you can copy a screenshot from the clipboard directly into the bug.

  6. You can see any bugs that you have reported during your test session.

    Bugs logged
  7. When you've run all your tests, save the results and close Test Runner. Now, all the test results are stored in Visual Studio Online.

  8. View the testing status for your test suite.

    View test results

    The most recent results for each test are displayed.


Q:How do I rerun a test?

A:Simply select any test and choose Run.

Q:Can I run all the tests in a test suite together?

A:Yes. Select a test suite and choose Run. This runs all the active tests in the test suite. If you haven't run a test yet, its state is active. You can reset the state of a test to active if you want to rerun it.  

Select and run all active tests in a test suite

Q:I want to do some exploratory testing before I create manual test cases. Can Test Runner help with this?

A:Not from the test hub. But if you use Microsoft Test Manager, it will record your actions, screenshots and other data while you're exploring your app. If you create a bug, all this data is included automatically.

Q:Can I add a screenshot to the test results when I am running a test?

A:Yes. Take a screenshot, save it to a file and add the attachment. The file is stored with the test results.

Add a screenshot

Q:Can I add a screenshot to a bug when I am running a test?

A:Yes. If Test Runner is running in an Internet Explorer 11 or a Chrome window, you can copy a screenshot from the clipboard directly.

Q:Can I fix my test steps while I'm running a test?

A:Yes, if you have an Advanced license for Visual Studio Online. You can insert, move or delete steps. Or you can edit the text itself. Use the icon next to the test step number to do this.

Select the edit icon to edit test steps 

The tool to edit the test steps is displayed.

Fix test steps when you run a test 

Q:Can I collect additional data while I'm running a test?

A:If you use Microsoft Test Manager to run your tests, you can collect user actions, system logs, screen and audio recordings and other additional data. If you have installed Visual Studio 2012 Update 3 or Visual Studio 2013, you can run a test using Microsoft Test Manager from the test hub. (The most recently installed version of MTM is launched.)

Run test using Microsoft Test Manager

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