How to: Create a Copy of a Manual Test Case

If you want to create a test case that resembles an existing test case, you can use Microsoft Test Manager to create a copy of the existing test case, as shown in the following illustration. You can change one or more of the fields in this copied test case, as needed. 

Create a Copy of a Test Case

You can also create a copy of an existing test case in a test suite and add it to the same test suite, as shown in the following illustration.

Create a Copy of a Test Case in a Test Suite

Requirements

  • Visual Studio Ultimate, Visual Studio Premium, Visual Studio Test Professional

To create a copy of an existing test case

  1. Open Microsoft Test Manager.

    Note Note

    To display the Microsoft Test Manager window, choose Start, and then choose All Programs. Point to Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 and then choose Microsoft Test Manager.

  2. To open the Test Case Manager, choose the down-arrow on the center group switcher, choose Testing Center.

  3. On the center group menu bar, choose Organize and then choose Test Case Manager.

  4. To make a copy of the test case, select the existing test case from the list in the Test Case Manager, and then choose Create copy.

    A new test case is created and displayed. The new test case is identical to the original test case.

  5. Update the fields that you want to change for this copied test case.

    Note Note

    You might want to change the title, the owner, and the test steps.

  6. To save this test case, choose Save and Close in the toolbar.

    Note Note

    This new test case is linked to the original test case. To see this link, choose Other Links.

To create a copy of an existing test case in a test suite

  1. Open Microsoft Test Manager.

    Note Note

    To display the Microsoft Test Manager window, choose Start, and then choose All Programs. Point to Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 and then choose Microsoft Test Manager.

  2. To open the Test Case Manager, choose the down-arrow on the center group switcher and then choose Testing Center.

  3. On the center group menu bar, choose Plan and then choose Contents.

    The test suite hierarchy for your test plan is displayed.

  4. To create a copy of an existing test case and add it to that same test suite, select the test suite in the test suite hierarchy. Then select the existing test case in the list of test cases shown in the test suite details pane. Finally, choose the copy icon on the toolbar.

    A new test case is created and displayed. The new test case is identical to the original test case.

  5. Update the fields that you want to change for this copied test case.

    Note Note

    You might want to change the title, the owner, and the test steps.

  6. To save this test case, choose Save and Close in the toolbar.

    The new test case is displayed in the test suite details pane for your selected test suite.

    Note Note

    This new test case is linked to the original test case. To see this link, choose Other Links.

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