Walk-through the IF...Else conditional statement process - how to build a meaningful if...else statement, what the execution status looks like and a sample on how to check if an element exists in the DOM.

Build a new If...Else Statement

1.  Create a Web Test and click Record.

2.  Navigate to www.random.org.

3.  Set the Min field to 1 and the Max field to 2.

4.  Click Generate.


5.  Enable hover over highlighting by clicking Highlight Element in the Test Studio Recorder and hover over the Result box.

Enable Highlighting

6.  Click Quick Tasks and double click Verify - text contains '1'.


7.  Disable hover over highlighting and minimize the browser.

8.  Choose Conditions in the Step Builder and add if...else step.

Standalone version
VS Plugin
VS Plugin

9.  From the drop down in the IF step select the previously recorded verification.

Choose Verification

10.  Uncheck/Delete the verification outside the IF step, so it will not be executed (We have this verification already added in the IF step)

Uncheck Verification

11.  Bring up the IE recording window and navigate to www.google.com. Minimize the browser again.

12.  Drag the Navigate to Google step into the IF step.

Drag in IF Step

13.  Bring up the IE recording window and navigate to www.bing.com. Minimize the browser again.

14.  Drag the Navigate to Bing step into the ELSE step.

Drag in ELSE Step

Execution status and Results

15.  Save and Execute the test.

  • If 1 is generated the if condition is evaluated as true and the steps in the if branch are executed. The steps in the else branch are skipped and shown as 'Not Run'.

Navigate to Google

  • If 2 is generated the if condition is evaluated as false (for example, the target TextBox element contains the wrong content) and the steps in the else branch are executed. The skipped steps are in the if branch and are shown as 'Not Run'.
  • Note: if the condition of an if branch cannot be evaluated (for example, the target element for a TextContent verification cannot be located), the steps in the if branch will be skipped again, and will display a 'not-run' icon as if the condition is false.

Navigate to Bing

Check if an element exists in the DOM

To check if an element is present in the application DOM - a "wait on element" verification has to be used. It returns true/false output and if condition could be completed not braking the test execution. On the following image - if step 4 does not execute - the SecondLink element would not be added to the DOM and steps would continue in the else branch.

If Element Exists

If step 4 is executed the SecondLink element would be added to the DOM and if condition passes normally as shown bellow.

Else Element Exists

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