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How to: View the History of Work Items

The history of an item tells you who opened the work item, what changed, and why. This information helps you track how an item changes over time. When you enter history, provide as much information as possible to help the next work item owner understand what has happened, and what they have to do.


This procedure is based on the work item types for MSF for Agile Software Development that are included with Team Foundation. If your team project is using a different process, this procedure may not apply to your work items, and you might have to refer to the custom help created for the process you are using. For more information, see Finding and Using Process Guidance.

Required Permissions

To perform these procedures, you must be a member of the Readers group or have the View work items in this node permission set to Allow. For more information, see Team Foundation Server Permissions.

To view the history of work items

  1. Open an existing work item and then click the History tab.

  2. Under History, view the history of the work item.

  3. To show or hide the details of a history entry, click the plus or minus signs.

  4. To show the fields that changed for a history entry, click Show Changed Fields. To hide them again, click Show Changed Fields again.