Team Foundation Task Board Enhancer: version .7.5 released


New release of my Team Foundation Task Board Enhancer (previous versions .7, 2.6.2 (update2 only), 0.6.1, 0.6 , 0.5 , 0.4 , 0.3 , 02 and 0.1 ).

If you want to know what is Task Board Enhancer or want to see the full list of features, head on to the Task Board Enhancer page

When I started doing this, it was just a small thing. I never expected it to become so big, so on this release most of the time was cleaning up the code (which grew very organically) to prepare it for future features. So this a very small release with only one features and two small improvements.


New Features in this release

As usual let’s just repeat the standard disclaimer Smile

This extension uses undocumented TFS mechanisms, this means there is a risk (which I’m not able to quantify) it will stop working in the future with new TFS releases or updates . If that happens, the fact that the extension no longer works, it will be my sole responsibility and not of Microsoft.

You can also see full list of features here

Show work item tags count

Show in the right corner of the card a count with the number of tags the work item has.

If you hover the counter, a tooltip will show you the tags (separated by commas).


You can read more about work item tags here

This feature can be enabled/disabled. (enabled by default)

This feature only works on the task board and on TFS 2012 with Update 2012 or higher

Change the auto refresh interval in the UI

On previous versions if you wanted to change the auto scroll interval, you had to do it with a url parameter. Now you can do it on the UI.


Freeze auto refresh countdown when a work item is open

That was already supported previously. If you opened a work item when auto refresh was enabled the counter would stop. Unfortunately it was implemented poorly and there were same cases, it wouldn’t detect it, so an auto refresh could kick in.

That has been improved, and as long as there is a window open auto refresh stops the countdown.

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There are two different versions, depending if you are already running TFS 2012 with update 2 or 3 or an older 2012 version (RTM or Update 1).

For Update 2 and upwards Download version 2.7.5 of the extension

For RTM and Update 1  Download version 0.7.5 of the extension

11 thoughts to “Team Foundation Task Board Enhancer: version .7.5 released”

    1. Which TFS version and which version of Task Board Enhancer are you using?

      have you updated TFS to update 2? it requires a new version for update 2

  1. Hi,
    Just installed your enhancer. Really great! Thanks for all this.

    Not sure if I can request for some additional features, but I have two that we’re really missing in standard TFS web access.
    First is showing the value of field Activity on a Task.
    The other one is related, would be really great to give Tasks a different color based on the Activity value.

    We use the Activity field a lot. It’s much easier than putting in the description the activity. Makes it also easier in reporting on tasks.

    Thanks again for the great work you did!


    1. Thank you.

      Not exactly sure what you mean, by showing the activity field on a task. Do you mean show it as part of the text in the card?

      As for coloring, i do have a prototype that allows coloring based on any condition, so it allow you to change the color of the cards based on the activity field.

      However I don’t like the way the customization is done (there is no fancy UI), so I’m still thinking how do do this in a user friendly way.

      1. Indeed I mean as part of the text. To be sure the field is Microsoft.VSTS.Common.Activity.
        Here you can find, as an example, an image where I added the activity on a new line, similar to the work item type you added on Requirement work items.

        The coloring based on conditions would indeed be a great addition. If you want I can have a look/do some testing. We have a team of designers that I can ask to give their input.

        1. I too would like to see work item card colours. However, I’d like to see it on the Kanban/Product Backlog board, not just the Task board. Is there a reason why a few items in your (awesome!) product only work with the Task board?

  2. Hi Tiago,
    I’m also getting the same error as Justinas and i’m running TFS 2012 Update 2. Please advise.



    1. im going to send you an email requesting morr details and with some steps to see if you can help me to try to understand the issue.


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