Work Item Tracking usability improvements in Orcas – Part 1


We made several usability improvements in Orcas that are small features to make things simpler. I will cover these in two parts.


Drag-and-drop attachments


You can now drag-and-drop files from your file system to add attachments to work items. This makes adding multiple attachments much easier. Here’s a short clip on how this works:




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Field name in tooltip


The tooltip that shows up when you hover on field labels has been updated to include the field name.


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This is handy trying to find the field when creating a query if the label text is not the same as the name of the field:


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Drag-and-drop columns


You can now drag-and-drop columns in your query results both in the query view and the results view without having to use the column options dialog to re-order columns. Here’s a clip:



Most recently used fields


If you only use a couple of fields regularly when querying for work items, the most recently used (MRU) list of fields makes it easier finding these by showing these fields at the top of the list. Here’s a clip that shows an existing MRU list and bubbling up the ‘Changed By’ field once it is used:




In a follow-up post I will cover a few other usability improvements we made in Orcas.

Comments (8)

  1. The first part of a nice overview, from the product group, of the changes to the work item user interface

  2. The first part of a nice overview, from the product group, of the changes to the work item user interface

  3. MickeyHeadShot Mickey Gousset says:

    Mickey Gousset on Team Foundation Sidekicks. The Teams WIT Tools Blog on Work Item Tracking usability…

  4. Mickey Gousset on Team Foundation Sidekicks. The Teams WIT Tools Blog on Work Item Tracking usability…

  5. In Part 1 , I covered drag-and-drop attachments , field name in tooltip , drag-and-drop columns and MRU

  6. In Part 1 , I covered drag-and-drop attachments , field name in tooltip , drag-and-drop columns and MRU

  7. Buck Hodges says:

    Recently I was showing someone the results of a bug query and sorting by more than one column in work

  8. Buck Hodges , one of our Dev Managers, recently referenced one my posts and I got a couple of emails