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Add or Delete a Hyperlink in a Work Item

To share information that is stored on a server or website and that is required to complete a work item, you can add a hyperlink that leads to the file or site. You can add and delete hyperlinks using the following Team Foundation clients: Team Web Access, Team Explorer, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Project. You can add only one hyperlink to one work item at a time. All hyperlinks are stored in the Team Foundation database.


All links and attachments are stored in the work item database for Team Foundation. When you add or delete links or attachments, your changes are applied immediately to that database. If you are working offline (without a connection to Team Foundation Server) in Excel or Project, you cannot add or delete hyperlinks.

Required Permissions

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

To add or delete a hyperlink in a work item

  1. Open or select the work item.

    • In Team Web Access or Team Explorer, open the work item form for editing, and choose the tab for managing links.


      The name of the tab might be Links, Other links, or Implementation. The name of the tab is determined by the work item definition.

    • In Excel or Project, select the work item row, and then on the Team tab, in the Work Items group, choose Links and Attachments.

  2. To add a hyperlink, follow these steps:

    1. Choose Add.

    2. In the Link type list, choose Hyperlink.

    3. In the Address box, type the address of the target of the link.

      If the target is a Web site, type the URL, or copy it from your Internet browser and paste it into the Address box. If the target is a server location, type the address in the form of a UNC name.

    4. (Optional) Type additional information about the hyperlink in the Comment box.

  3. To delete a hyperlink, choose the link that you want to delete, and then choose Delete.

  4. Choose OK.

  5. Follow these steps to save or publish your changes:

    • (For Team Web Access or Team Explorer) Choose Save, Save & Close, or Save Work Item.

    • (For Excel or Project) In the View/Edit Work Item Links and Attachments dialog box, choose Publish, and then choose Close.