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Work Item Field Types

Visual Studio 2005

Work items can contain different types of fields to capture data about the work item.

Field Type Descriptions

The following table describes the field types and how to fill them in on your work item forms.

Field Type Example from MSF for Agile Software Development Description



Accepts any text. There might be a limit on the number of characters for a text field.

Drop-down list box


Accepts only the values available in the drop-down list.


Activated Date

Accepts dates in supported date formats.

Long text


Accepts extended text and limited text formatting.



Records comments chronologically. You can add an entry to this field, but cannot change any saved entries.

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