Microsoft Excel Work Item List Types
When you work with work items in Microsoft Excel, the type of work item list you select affects how the work item list is refreshed from the work item database:
Query list When you create a query list, refreshing the work item list updates both what work items are in the list, and the information for the work items. In the work item list header, under Query, query lists contain the name of the query to which they are connected.
Input list When you create an input list, refreshing the work item list updates only the information for the work items already in the list. In the work item list header, under Query, input lists contain [none].
When you change from an input list to a query list, the work items that you have added to the list are replaced with the work items that match the query.