Recommended Browser and Operating System Settings for Browser-Driven Testing

Recommended Browser and Operating System Settings for Browser-Driven Testing

Several Internet Explorer browser settings are critical to maintaining stable test executions for Browser-Driven tests.
Please note that it is not always required to change all of these settings for successful record/replay but you should try to use the recommended settings below if you have any issues.


Internet Explorer Browser settings are located at Tools > Internet Options

  • Internet Options - General Tab
    - Set IE home page to [about:blank] [Minimizes start-up time of new tabs]
    - Disable warning for closing multiple tabs [Avoids unexpected dialog boxes]
    - Enable switch to new tab when tabs are created [Links that open new tabs may not otherwise replay correctly]
  • Internet Options - Privacy Tab
    - Disable pop-up blocker [Ensures that your Website can open new windows]
  • Internet Options - Content Tab
    - Disable Auto Complete [Avoids unexpected dialog boxes; avoids unexpected data input while typing]
  • Internet Options - Programs Tab
    - Only enable required add-ons [Third-party add-ons may contain defects; third-party add-ons may be incompatible]
  • Internet Options - Advanced Tab - Section "Security"
    - Disable "Check for publisher's certificate revocation" [Avoids problems when a revocation check cannot be completed]
    - Disable "Check for server certificate revocation" [Avoids problems when a revocation check cannot be completed]
    - Disable "Warn about certificate address mismatch" [Avoids certificate errors]
  • Compatibility View Settings
    - Disable “Display intranet sites in Compatibility View”
    - Disable “Use Microsoft compatibility lists”
    - Remove all added websites
  • Disable IE Enhanced Security Configuration (on a Windows server operating system)
    - Computer-> Manage -> Configure IE ESC -> off
    - or "Server Manager" - Local Server - IE Enhanced Security Configuration - Off 
  • Internet Options - "Security" tab
    - For each zone (Internet, Local intranet, Trusted sites, restricted sites)
    - Disable "Enable Protected Mode ..."
    - Set the security level to the lowest possible

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