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Add tags to work items to categorize and filter lists

Tagging work items helps you quickly filter the product backlog or a work item query by categories that you define.

  1. From Visual Studio Online or Team Web Access (TWA), open a work item and add a tag. Or, select from the list of previously assigned tags.

    Add one or more tags to a work item

    To add several tags at one time, type a comma between tags. Tags are case sensitive.

    Tags that are listed in the tag bar are already assigned to the work item.

  2. To unassign a tag, simply choose the x on the tag,Delete a tag assigned to a work item.

Open Column Options to add the Tags field to the product backlog or a work item query.

Add Tags to the selected columns to display

All tags that are assigned to the listed work items appear.

View with Tags column added

  1. Turn on filtering and choose a tag.

    Choose a tag to filter the list by that tag

    The list refreshes. Only those work items with the selected tag are displayed. Filtering the list disables add-a-backlog-item panel, stack ranking, and forecasting.

    Filtered list disables other features
  2. To apply a sub-filter, choose another tag.

  3. To show all items, choose All or choose the Tag filter image on backlog and queries pages filter icon to turn filtering off.

A: Yes. You filter successively be choosing from the set of tags that appear in the filter tag bar. To start your filter process over, choose All to show all tags.

A: Remove the assignments that are associated with the tag. You can’t delete the tag itself. TFS automatically deletes unassigned tags after 3 days of disuse.

A: Don't assign the misspelled tag to any work item and TFS will automatically delete it within 3 days.

A: Yes, under the following circumstances:

  • Your team project is hosted on Visual Studio Online or on a server that has been upgraded to TFS 2013 Update 2 or later version.

  • You have updated your client to Visual Studio 2013.2 or Team Explorer 2013.2.

If you need to upgrade TFS, go to the download page. To learn more about Excel, see Bulk add or modify work items with Excel.

For TFS 2013 on-premises deployments, you can view tags using any TFS client. However, you can only add tags and filter work item lists using TWA.

A: Yes, but only if the application-tier server has been upgraded to TFS 2013.2 or TFS 2013.3. You can use WorkItem.Fields or Work Item Field Explorer (provided with Team Foundation Server Power Tools) to determine if the Tags field is editable (IsEditable).

A: Yes if you’re using Visual Studio Online or if you’ve upgraded to TFS 2013 Update 2s.

For TFS 2013 on-premises deployments, you can show tags as a column in the query results and you can filter a list based on a tag. However, you can’t add tags as a clause to the filter criteria.

A: If you’re using Visual Studio Online or if you’ve upgraded to TFS 2013 Update 2, you can restrict permissions as described in Tagging permissions.

A: No. Tags are associated with work items and a team project. If your team project contains multiple teams, all teams will add to and work from the same set of tags.

A: Yes. Modify the ProcessConfiguration file to include System.Tags in the set of fields to display. See Process configuration XML element reference.

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