Test List Settings

  • In the Standalone version: On the Test List tab, highlight a test list and click the Edit Settings button in the Edit ribbon.
  • In the VS plugin: Double click Local.testsettings under Solution Items in the Solution Explorer.


Standalone version

VS plugin


Note: To create a Test Settings file in Visual Studio, right click Solution Items and select Add > New Item. Click Test Settings under Installed Templates, customize the name if desired, then click Add.


This opens a dialog box that shows all of the possible configuration settings for that test list. Change the settings as needed for your test list.


Standalone version

VS plugin


  • Annotation
    • AnnotateExecution - whether to highlight and annotate the target element that the current action is being executed against.
    • AnnotationMode - the annotation mode when annotation is enabled.
  • Desktop
    • SimulatedMouseMoveSpeed - the simulated mouse move speed for Desktop.Mouse.Move() / DragDrop() operations in pixels/msec.
  • Execution
    • ClientReadyTimeout - the timeout, in msec., to wait for a client to be ready after initial launch and after executing a command.
    • DisableDialogMonitoring - whether to disable handling of dialog windows.
    • ElementWaitTimeout - the global wait on elements timeout used during execution. Default is 10 seconds.
    • ExecuteCommandTimeout - the timeout, in msec., to wait for a command request to execute.
    • ExecutionDelay - the length of execution delay, in msec., to insert between commands. Note: Some test steps represent multiple commands.
    • UnexpectedDialogAction - specifies the action that the DialogMonitor should take when it encounters unexpected dialogs.
    • WaitCheckInterval - the wait interval, in msec., to use between checks for all the Wait.For methods.
    • XMultiMgr - whether to use WebAii 1.1 style connections.
  • Log
    • CreateLogFile - whether to create a log file on disk.
    • LogAnnotations - whether to log annotations to the log file.
    • LogLocation - the location where to perform the logging.
    • QueryEventLogErrorsOnExit - whether to query the event log on manager exit for any error logged from automation clients.


    • AspNetDevServerPort - the ASP.NET development server port to use, if enabled. If set to -1, a random port is generated each time the manager is created.
    • LocalWebServer - the local web server to use. When set to AspNetDevelopmentServer, the ASP.NET development server is started.
    • WebAppPhysicalPath - the path to the application to test when running under the ASP.NET development server.
  • Browser
    • Browser - the default browser to launch.
    • EnableUILessRequestViewing - whether to allow debugging of UILess page requests using a UI browser, like IE.
    • KillBrowserProcessOnClose - whether to kill the browser process when closing the browser.
    • RecycleBrowser - when set to true, one instance of the browser is launched and recycled throughout all tests until Manager.Dispose is called. 
  • HttpProxy
    • UseHttpProxy - whether to use the built-in HTTP proxy during automation. Enabling Silverlight will automatically enable the HTTP proxy.
  • Log
    • EnableScriptLogging - whether to enable script logging.
    • VerboseHttpProxy - whether the HTTP proxy produces a high level of tracing output.
  • MultiBrowser Execution
    • ExecutingBrowsers - Select the browsers against which you will execute the test list. Supported in Test Studio Standalone version only.
  • Navigation
    • BaseUrl - The BaseURL to use for all NavigateTo commands. When set, NavigateTo steps should use a relative URL (i.e. "~/default.aspx").
  • Silverlight
    • EnableSilverlight - whether to enable Silverlight automation. Enabling Silverlight will automatically enable the HTTP proxy.
    • SilverlightApplicationPath - the web address or local directory from which to load a Silverlight application.
    • SilverlightConnectTimeout - the amount of time to wait for a Silverlight application to load before timing out.


  • Misc
    • DefaultApplicationPath - represents the default application path for WPF tests.



If your Visual Studio Test List runs for more than 30 minutes and fails with an Execution Timeout Exceeded error, change the following setting: