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How to: Modify Work Items

You can edit an existing work item if you want to change any of its information. For example, you can include additional information that you think would help resolve a work item, you can change any of the fields, or you can reassign the work item.

Required Permissions

To perform these procedures, you must be a member of the Contributors group or have the View work items in this node, and Edit work items in this node permissions set to Allow. For more information, see Team Foundation Server Permissions.

To edit a work item in Results View

  1. Run a query.

  2. In the Query Results list, select a work item.

  3. On the work item form under the results list, edit the fields you want to change.

  4. Repeat the previous steps for all the work items that you want to change.

    NoteNote:

    Most work items have required fields that must be filled in before you can save them. By default, these fields are highlighted in yellow and have <Required> in them. Point to the label on each field for an explanation of the field, and look in the information bar at the top of the form for information about fields that contain unsupported values or that must be filled in.

  5. On the File menu, click Save All.

    NoteNote:

    Work items that you have changed, but have not yet saved, are marked with a pen icon in the Results List, and with an asterisk (*) on the work item tab.

    The following illustration shows an example of editing a work item in the results view.

    Results View

To edit a work item form

  1. Double-click a work item on the Query Results list. Or find the work item by its ID. For more information, see How to: Go To Specific Work Items.

  2. Edit the fields you want to change.

    NoteNote:

    To clear a field, select the contents of the field and press the Delete key.

  3. On the File menu, click Save <Work Item Type> <Work Item Number>.

    The following illustration shows an example of editing a work item in the work item form.

    A representative work item

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