Using the History Window

The History window provides detailed historical data about a team project, branch, folder, or file. For information about how to display the window

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When you open the History window from within Visual Studio ALM, you can customize the position of the window by right-clicking the title and then clicking one of these options: Float, Dock, or Dock as Tabbed Document.

The History window displays the historical data about the item in two tabs:

  • The Changesets tab lists every change (including edits, renames, and merges) made to the item.

  • The Labels tab lists every label that has been applied to the item.

The Changesets tab displays detailed data about every change that has been made to an item. All changesets that have modified the item are listed in a table that includes the following columns:

  • Changeset   The ID of the changeset.

  • User   The name of the user who checked in the changeset.

  • Date   The date and time the changeset was checked in.

  • Comment   The comment entered by the user who checked in the changeset.

Note   If you open this window by using the History command and you are displaying data about a team project, branch, or folder, then the history of children items (for example, the files contained by a folder) is shown only if you use the /recursive option.

If the item is a file, then additional data is displayed in the following columns:

  • Change   The types of changes that were made to the file with the changeset. Examples of values that can appear in this column include add, edit, rename, and merge.

  • Path   The path to the file.

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Sometimes you need to share this kind of data with someone else. You can select one or more rows from the table in the Labels tab, right-click them, click Copy to copy the data to the clipboard, and then paste the data into an e-mail message, document, or spreadsheet.

Common Tasks

By using the Changesets tab, you can perform the following tasks:

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View the item as it existed when the changeset was checked in: Double click the changeset or right-click it, and then click View. (This command is available only if the item is a file.)

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Get more details about a changeset: Right-click a changeset and then click Changeset Details to get information such as:

  • Other source files that are part of the changeset.

  • Work items associated with the changeset.

  • Any check-in notes left for reviewers.

View Details for Changesets

Compare a past version with the current version: Right-click a changeset and then click Compare.

Compare a past version with another past version:

  1. Select a changeset.

  2. Press and hold the CONTROL key and then select the second changeset.

  3. Right-click the second changeset and click Compare.

Compare Two Files

Compare Two Folders

Get a past version of the item: Right-click a changeset and then click Get This Version to download the past version of the item to your workspace.

Retrieve Previous Versions of Files from Changesets

View which users made specific changes within a file: Right-click a changeset and then click Annotate. (This command is available only if the item is a file.)

View File Changes Using Annotate

Get more details about a merge: If the changeset resulted from a merge change, you can expand this item. Expand the node to display the changesets that were merged into this item from another branch. (This command is available only if the item is a file.)

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Get more details about changes that were made before a rename change: If the changeset includes a rename change, you can expand this item. Expand the node to display the changesets that occurred before the rename change was made.

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View other branches to which this changeset has been merged: Right-click the changeset and click Track Changeset.

View Where and When Changesets Have Been Merged

All labels that have been applied to the item are listed in a table that includes the following columns:

  • Name   The name of the label.

  • User   The user who applied the label.

  • Date   The date and time the label was applied.

  • Comment   The comment made by the user who applied the label.

NoteNote

When you display historical data about a team project, branch, or folder, the data about labels applied to children items (for example, the files contained by a folder) is not shown.

TipTip

Sometimes you need to share this kind of data with someone else. You can select one or more rows from the table in the Labels tab, right-click them, click Copy to copy the data to the clipboard, and then paste the data into an e-mail message, document, or spreadsheet.

Task

Supporting content

View the item as it existed when the labeled changeset was checked in: Right-click a label and then click View. (This command is available only if the item is a file.)

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Edit the label: Right-click the label and click Edit Label.

Use Labels to Take a Snapshot of Your Files

Delete the label: Right-click the label and click Delete Label.

Use Labels to Take a Snapshot of Your Files

Compare a past version of the item with the current version: Right-click a label and then click Compare to compare a past version of the item with the current version.

Compare Two Files

Compare Two Folders

Get a past version of the item: Right-click a label and then click Get This Version to download the past version of the item to your workspace.

Retrieve Previous Versions of Files from Changesets

View other branches to which the labeled changeset has merged: Right-click the label and click Track Changeset. (This command is available only if the item is a file.)

View Where and When Changesets Have Been Merged

View which users made specific changes within the labeled version of a file: Right-click a changeset and then click Annotate. (This command is available only if the item is a file.)

View File Changes Using Annotate

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