Hidden Gems in TFS–Part 11 Sharing work the easy way

In this series of blog posts I like to highlight some features of TFS/Visual Studio that people seem to overlook. In my day to day job I often see that people don’t know about certain feature that are available in Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio or some of the Powertools.

Some features are available as a Powertool. These can be downloaded from here

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In this part……

Sharing work the easy way

In your day to day job, you sometimes need to share information by sending someone a link. A link to a work item, a link to a work item query. TFS and Visual Studio provide many different ways of sharing this information. In this post I want to talk about some of them.

Sharing a work item URL

If you work in Visual Studio and you want to send a link to the work item in Web Access, just open the work item, right click the Tab, and select [Copy Full Path]. When you paste this in a browser you will be automatically send to the right place.

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The same works for Work Item Queries

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Sharing work item details

If you want to provide a little more detail, just right click the work item form and choose [Send Work Item to Microsoft Outlook]

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It provides you with some details and also a link.

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The same works for Work Item Query. Just right click the query in Team Explorer and choose send to Microsoft Outlook.

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Within Team Room

If you are already familiar with the new Team Room feature in TFS 2013, you can also use this place to share information.

To easily put a link to a work item just type #WORKITEMID to refer to a work item. For example [Bug #1207]

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Hope this makes your life a bit easier!

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