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How to: Format Text in Work Items

To improve readability, Team Foundation allows you to do simple text formatting in some long text boxes. The text boxes that support text formatting may vary, depending on your work item types.

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 format text in work item text boxes using the Formatting toolbar

  1. On the View menu, point to Toolbars, and then select Formatting.

  2. Select the text you want to format.

    To select all text, on the Edit menu, choose Select All.

  3. Select the text formatting you want to apply from the Formatting toolbar.


    You can also use the Cut, Copy, and Paste commands on the Edit menu.

To format text in work item text boxes using shortcut keys

  1. Select the text you want to format.

  2. Use the following shortcut keys to format your text:

    • Bold - CTRL+B

    • Italic - CTRL+I

    • Underline - CTRL+U

    • Cut - CTRL+X

    • Copy - CTRL+C

    • Paste - CTRL+V

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