TSWA tip: Bulk edit
Sara Ford has a Visual Studio Tip of the Day series going.Â I thought Iâd publish some tips on using Team System Web Access, and this is the first.Â I donât think Iâll be able to do a tip per day.Â Calling it a âTSWA tip a few times a weekâ just doesnât sound that great.Â So Iâll just leave it as TSWA Tips.
In the regular Team Explorer (aka Team Foundation Client), you canât edit work items in bulk except by exporting them to Excel (at least as of Team Explorer 2008).Â However, you can do this using Team System Web Access.
First, select the work items that you want to edit in bulk by clicking the checkbox beside each.Â Iâve selected five bugs below.Â Then, select Bulk Edit -> Edit Work Items from the drop down menu near the upper right hand corner (or upper middle, depending on how wide your window is).
Now you are presented with a window where you can edit the core fields of a work item.Â While this is not as flexible as defining the fields to edit like you can using a custom query and exporting to Excel, itâs really convenient.
Here they all have a State of Closed, and Iâm changing all of the bugs to be assigned to Closed (they were previously assigned to me).Â When youÂ click Save, you will see the progress as each work item is updated.
And Iâve just noticed that we didnât catch the fact that âsuccessfullyâ is misspelled.Â Iâll file a bug on that. 😉