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Modify Work Items within a List View

You can efficiently modify work items in a query results list by making changes within the currently selected work item form. After you have modified your work items, you can save the changes in one easy step.


  • You must be a member of the Contributors group or have the Edit work items in this node permission set to Allow. For more information about query permissions, see Find Bugs, Tasks, and Other Work Items.

To modify work items from within a list view

  1. In Team Explorer, open your team project and, from the Home icon Home page, choose Work Items node, and then choose Shared Queries or My Queries.

  2. Expand Shared Queries or My Queries, open the shortcut menu for the query that contains the work items that you want to modify, and then choose View Results.

    Two panels appear; one displays the list of work items, and the other one displays the currently selected work item in the list.

  3. (Optional) Choose Split panels horizontally or Split panels vertically to switch to a side-by-side or stacked view.

  4. (Optional) Choose Collapse upper panel or Collapse bottom panel to collapse an upper or lower panel, or Collapse left panel or Collapse right panel to collapse the left or right panel. You can also use Shif+Alt+V in succession to quickly access different views.

  5. To modify work items in the list, perform one or more of the following steps:

    • Choose the work item, and modify one or more fields.

    • ChooseMove down in list or Move up in list to select the next or previous work item in the list. You can also use the up and down arrows on your keyboard, or Shift+Alt+N and Shif+Alt+P.

  6. Save or discard the changes:

    • To save the modifications made to all work items, choose Save Save Results.

      Note Note

      If one or more work item does not save, open each work item that did not save individually and correct the error. You can then choose Save Work Item orSave Save Results.

    When you refresh the query, the query results list, or a work item in the list, a dialog box appears.

    • To discard all changes in the results list, choose Refresh query Refresh on the results list toolbar. In the opened dialog box, choose No.

    • To discard changes to a work item, open the work item form, and then choose Refresh query Refresh. In the opened dialog box, choose No.

    You can also close the query without saving the changes, and choose No in the opened dialog box to discard all changes.

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