Viewing and Modifying Tests

Use the following to navigate to the following sections:

go.gifView and modify tests

go.gifCustomize test details columns

go.gifUse wiki markup in test details

go.gifTest step reorder

go.gifClone test steps

go.gifDelete Test Steps

You can also create new tests or import existing ones.

View and modify tests

A test can be viewed and modified just like any other issue in Jira. If you know the issue key of the test, you can enter that in any search field or search through the issue navigator.

The view test screen shows the following:

  • Header: This displays the project to which this test belongs, the issue key of the test and its one-line summary

  • Toolbar: This toolbar allows you to access often used functionality

    • Edit: This button takes you to the edit mode of a test where many of the fields can be edited. This is very similar to creating an issue. Please note that test details have to be edited from this View Issue screen.

    • Clone: 'Cloning' (copying) a test allows you to quickly create a duplicate of the test within the same project. The clone test is a replica of the original test, containing the same information stored in the original test— e.g. Summary, Labels, Components, Test Details, etc. except for Test Execution details.

      A clone issue is a separate entity from the original issue. Operations on the original issue have no effect on the clone issue and vice versa.

    • Link: Allows you to link another issue or a web link to this test, typically a requirement or a story or an epic.

    • Add to Test Cycle(s): Under the More Actions drop-down, this allows you to add this test to an existing Test Cycle. That then also shows in the Test Executions section below.

    • Attach Files: You can attach one or more files to a test.


      Your Jira Administrator must have enabled file attachments. You will also need "Create Attachments" permission in the appropriate projects).

    • Attach Screenshots: You can attach a screenshot to a test if your Administrator has configured JIRA and your permissions correctly.

    • Comment: Adding a comment to a test is a useful way to record additional details about a test, and collaborate with team members. Comments are shown in the Comments tab of the Activity section.

    • Execute: This button allows you to immediately execute this test, either in an ad hoc manner or as part of a Test Cycle.

  • Details: This section is almost exactly like the one for any other issue-type but note the following:

    • Fix Version/s: This field is the one that is used to organize tests i.e. make it belong to a version.

    • Status: By default, the workflow statuses for tests are turned off. You can turn workflows statuses on within the General Configurations page for Zephyr Squad.

    • Resolution: Just like Status, these do not apply until workflow is turned on.

  • Description: this section is exactly like the one for any other issue-type and can be useful for adding a high level description or pre-conditions for the test.

  • Test Details: This section allows you to enter detailed test steps, any accompanying test data and expected results. Test steps can be reordered, cloned or deleted.

  • Test Executions: This section shows the details of all scheduled and previous executions of this test. It also allows you to execute a test.

  • Attachments: This section is exactly like the one for any other issue-type.

  • Issue Links: This section is exactly like the one for any other issue-type.

  • Activity: This section has a Test Details History tab that shows all the changes made to the test with respect to its step, test data and expected results.

    Test details

Customize test details columns

Users can customize which columns appear in test issues Test Details area.

Columns Chooser menu

These changes will persist for that user permanently until the user changes them again.

Unfreeze test steps columns

You can freeze and unfreeze the Test Step ID and Test Steps column to make it easier to reference the test step when viewing additional columns to the right in the table.

Use wiki markup in test details

You can use the wiki markup language to edit your test steps. To bring up the wiki markup visual editor, click the check box icon when editing your test steps:

Wiki editor

In the editor, you can choose a style for your text, make it bold, insert a link and so on:

Text editing

When editing contents in text mode, you can click the preview icon to verify the changes you've made and to make sure you've got it right:

Preview icon
Text preview

After previewing the text, you can click Add to add the test step:

Add steps button

To get help on text formatting, click the question mark icon. The Text Formatting Notation Help will open:

Formatting help button
Text formatting help

Test step reorder

Rearrange the order of steps by selecting and holding them on the far-left side handle and dragging them to the desired location. Release the click to drop them into their new location. This change is automatically saved.

Test step reorder

Clone test steps

To speed up the test creation process, test steps can be easily cloned. Click on the copy icon in action column for the test step.

Copy icons

Selecting the Clone option allows for that test step to be cloned and inserted into a number of positions - either above the current test step, below it, at some specific number in the list of steps or appended at the very end.

Clone step dialog

Delete Test Steps

Just next to the Copy button, there is an option to delete a step. This deletion will remove the step completely and renumber the remaining steps. This cannot be undone.

Delete icons

See Also

Copy All Test Steps between Test Issues

Writing Tests

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