Applies to TestComplete 14.50, last modified on August 05, 2020

About the error message

TestComplete considers process, windows and controls as objects. When executing a test command over them, it first checks whether the object exists in the system and then executes the needed method or property of this object. The test engine posts this message to the test log when it fails to obtain a reference to the object that you specified in your test. The message indicates that something has changed in the tested application and its state differs from the state it had during test recording or creating.

Diagnosing the problem

1. Explore the test log
  1. Find the first error message in the test log. Depending on the command being executed, TestComplete may post several error messages to the log. This happens due to certain specifics of the test and script engines functioning (the script engine is used even when you run keyword tests, not scripts). Typically, the first error message corresponds to the problematic command and further errors are caused by this first error. These instructions assume that the first error message is the “Cannot obtain the window...” error.

  2. To better understand what test command was executed when the error occurred, double-click the error message in the test log. TestComplete will open your test for editing and automatically highlight the line that was executing when the error occurred.

2. Explore the tested application

Check whether the desired object exists in the tested application. For instance, developers could change the tested application and remove the tested window or control from it. This change could cause the error in your test.

If the tested object exists in the application, explore its properties, find the cause of the problem and fix it. For information on possible causes and solutions, see below.

  1. The tested application must be running and have the same state it had when the error occurred. If the application was closed after the test run, you can start it again and pause the run on the problematic test line. To do this:

    1. Set a breakpoint on the problematic line in the script test or keyword test operation. To find that line or operation quickly, double-click the error message in the test log. TestComplete will switch to the test editor and highlight the line or operation that caused the error. To set the breakpoint, click the editor’s gutter next to the line or operation, or press F9.

    2. Run your test. The test engine will automatically pause the test run when it reaches the breakpoint.

  2. Examine your application and check whether the desired object exists. For instance, developers could change the tested application and remove the tested form or button from it. This change could cause an error in your test.

    See instructions for cross-platform web tests

    See instructions for desktop, mobile tests, and web tests that implement the default approach

    If the object does not exist in the application, re-record your test or update its commands to match the tested application.

    If the object exists, then, to find the cause of the error, explore properties of the problematic object:

    1. In TestComplete, select Display Object Spy from the Tools toolbar. This will open the Object Spy.

    2. Use the Object Spy to select the needed object on the screen:

      • You typically select a window or control by dragging the target icon () to it. See how it works.

      • If you need to select a hint, menu item or another popup object, use the “Point and fix” mode. See how it works.

      After you select the object, Object Spy will display its properties.

Possible causes of the problem

Below are typical causes of the problem and typical ways to eliminate them.

The window class name, caption or index is misprinted.

The window caption (text), class name or index has changed.

The object’s position in the object tree was changed.

The object has not been created by the time TestComplete tries to obtain it.

The tested application stopped responding.

The object tree model differs from the model that was used to create the test.

See Also

Other "Object Not Found" Errors
Name Mapping
Object Browser Naming Notation
About Object Browser

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