TFS Work Item Tags: entering multiple tags in one swoop

 

Update 2 for TFS 2012 brought us Work Item tagging, work item tags allows users to add tags in a free format way.

Besides adding tags to work items

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you can also filter backlog items by tags

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while the current work item tags have yet to fill all their potential since there is still a lot that can be done in terms of features. Tags can only be added/edited/viewed in Web Access, you cannot query work items by tags (some people for example want to limit the tags a user can choose,something I think would be too limiting and it goes against the self organization of teams).

But today I want to talk you about a little trick I discovered last week. I’m I mainly a keyboard person, the less I have to touch the mouse the better.

Entering a tag, already seemed fast you enter a tag, you press enter and you can immediately enter a new tag.

But I accidentally discovered you can enter multiple tags in a single sweep. If you use a comma, it will be considered a separator and two (or more) tags will be created. This is even faster.

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If you never heard or used work item tags, you can get a much more detailed description by Tarun Arora  on his blog post TFS2012 QU2 – New Feature – Work Item Tagging

5 thoughts to “TFS Work Item Tags: entering multiple tags in one swoop”

  1. Nice tip! Have you discovered any keyboard shortcuts with using TFS Web Access? I’ve found just a few (like Ctrl+S saves an open Work Item, ESC cancels out of an open Work Item), but I’m curious how many more there are. I have yet to find them documented anywhere.

    1. I don’t believe there are many more… (on top of my head can’t remember of any besides those two).

      I have some ideas on that regard, but still haven’t had the time to play with them. :-)

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