How to: Create a Work Item using Microsoft Test Manager

How to: Create a Work Item using Microsoft Test Manager

If you want to quickly create a work item using Microsoft Test Manager, you do not have to go to a specific view to do that. For example, suppose you are working in the Verify Bugs view to determine which bugs have been fixed and you remember a new test case that you wanted to add. You can just add this work item by using the New drop-down menu that is shown in the following illustration. This is quicker than navigating to a different view to add this work item, or using Visual Studio to add it. The New drop-down menu also enables you to add a user story using Microsoft Test Manager. This drop-down menu is shown in all the views in the Testing Center and the Lab Center throughout Microsoft Test Manager.


  • Visual Studio Ultimate, Visual Studio Premium, Visual Studio Test Professional

You can add the following categories of work items:

  • Bug

  • Code Review Request

  • Code Review Response

  • Feedback

  • Feedback Request

  • Feedback Response

  • Impediment

  • Product Backlog Item

  • Shared Steps

  • Task

  • Test Case

Create a Work Item using Microsoft Test Manager

To create a work item using Microsoft Test Manager

  1. Open Microsoft Test Manager.

    Note Note

    To display the Microsoft Test Manager window, choose Start, and then choose All Programs. Point to Microsoft and then choose Microsoft Test Manager.

  2. Choose the drop-down arrow on the center group switcher and then choose Testing Center.

  3. On the center group menu bar, select one of the views. For example, you might select Test.

  4. To create a work item, choose the drop-down arrow next to New on the toolbar and point to the work item that you want to create.

    The view that you need to create the work item that you selected is displayed. After you have added the details for the work item, save and close the item. The previous view that you were using is displayed.

    Note Note

    If you create a new test case, you must still assign this test case to a test suite in the appropriate test plan. For more information about this, see How to: Add a Test Case to a Test Suite.

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