Copy a Work Item (Team Explorer Everywhere)

Visual Studio 2010

When you copy a work item, you can apply a different work item type to the copy, and you can save the copy to the same project or to a different project.

The initial properties of the copy depend on the tool you use to make the copy.

If you copy a work item using Team Explorer or Team Web Access, the copy takes the default state and the default reason. For example, if you copy a bug that is closed, the initial state of the copy is active.


This topic is based on the work item transitions in Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF) for Agile Software Development, which is one of the process guidance templates that Team Foundation provides. If your project uses a different method, your work item states might be different. For more information, see MSF for Agile Software Development v5.0.

To copy a work item from a list of work items

  1. Perform one of the following tasks:

    • Open the query that contains the work item that you want to copy. In the query results list, right-click the work item that you want to copy, and then click Create Copy of Work Item.

      For more information about how to work with queries, see Finding Bugs, Tasks, and Other Work Items (Team Explorer Everywhere).

    • If you want to copy a work item that is open in the editor, right-click in the work item form but outside the editable fields, and then click Create Copy of Work Item.

  2. The Copy Work Item dialog box appears.

  3. In the Team project list, click the name of the team project to which you want to copy the work item.

  4. In the Work item type list, click the type of work item for the copy.


    If you select a work item type that does not have the same fields as the work item that you are copying, the copy receives only the fields that are common to both work item types.

  5. Click OK.

  6. In the work item form, modify the work item as appropriate.

  7. On the File menu, click Save or press Ctrl+S.

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