Keyboard shortcuts for Azure Boards and Team Explorer

Azure Boards | Azure DevOps Server 2020 | Azure DevOps Server 2019 | TFS 2018 - TFS 2015

You can use the keyboard shortcuts listed in this article when you work within Azure DevOps or Team Explorer. Along with these shortcuts, you can assign your own shortcuts in Visual Studio from the Tools/Options/Environment/Keyboard page.

For specific guidance on navigating within the web portal, see Web portal navigation.

Web portal

You can use these keyboard shortcuts when working in the web portal for Azure DevOps.

Navigate within lists

Shortcut Action
Tab Move focus
← → Move focus left/right
↑ ↓ Move focus up/down
Ctrl+Home Move focus to top of list
Ctrl+End Move focus to bottom of list
Ctrl+↑↓ Move item up/down within list
Shift+↑↓ Highlight consecutive items
Menu Open context menu
Esc Dismiss context menu
Enter Choose selected menu item

Web portal, global shortcuts

Type ? to access the Global and page-specific shortcuts.

Note

The following shortcuts are available for TFS 2015.2 and later versions. Type ? to access the Global and page-specific shortcuts.

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts from the web portal.

Global shortcuts



   ?   Show keyboard shortcuts
  p   Go to Projects and teams

g,h   Go to Projects home
g,b   Go to Pipelines
g,c   Go to Repos
g,t   Go to Test Plans
g,s   Go to Project Settings
g,w   Go to Boards

/ or s   Move focus to search
f,n   Focus next section
f,p   Focus previous section

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts from the web portal.

Global shortcuts



   ?   Show keyboard shortcuts
   p   Go to Projects and teams

g,h   Go to Projects home
g,w   Go to Boards or Work
g,c   Go to Repos or Code
g,b   Go to Pipelines or Build and release
g,t   Go to Test Plans or Test
g,s   Go to Project Settings

f,n   Focus next section
f,p   Focus previous section
/      Move focus to search

Page-specific shortcuts only work when in a specific page. For example, type g c to open the Code page, and then type c p to create a pull request. These navigation shortcuts work as long as the focus isn't on an input control.

Work items

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts when working from the Boards>Work Items or Work>Work Items page.

Note

The following shortcuts are available from the web portal for Azure DevOps Server 2019 and later versions.

Work items page shortcuts




w    Open work items
l    Open backlog
b    Open board
i    Open sprint
q    Open queries
z    Toggle full screen


Ctrl+Shift+f   Filter results
Ctrl+c           Copy to clipboard
Delete             Delete

Work items page shortcuts



l    Open backlog
b    Open board
i    Open current iteration
t    Open task board
q    Open queries
z    Toggle full screen




Ctrl+Shift+f   Filter results
Ctrl+c           Copy to clipboard
Delete             Delete

Work item form shortcuts

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts when interacting with a work item form. To view the valid shortcuts, enter ? from within the form.

Note

The following shortcuts are available from the web portal for Azure DevOps Server 2019 and later versions.

Work item form keyboard shortcuts




Alt+i                 Assign work item to me
Ctrl+Shift+d     Go to discussion
Ctrl+s                Save changes
Shift+Alt+c       Copy work item title
Ctrl+Shift+,      Move to left tab (page)
Ctrl+Shift+.      Move to right tab (page)

Work item form keyboard shortcuts




Alt+i                 Assign work item to me
Ctrl+Shift+d     Go to discussion
Ctrl+s                Save changes
Shift+Alt+c       Copy work item title
Ctrl+Shift+,      Move to left tab (page)
Ctrl+Shift+.      Move to right tab (page)

Rich text field shortcuts

The rich text editor tool bar displays below the text entry area when you click your cursor within the each text box that can be formatted.

New Rich Text Editor toolbar

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts when working in a web browser on one of the following operating systems. (Command= )

Windows OS shortcuts Mac OS shortcuts
Ctrl + b = Bold
Ctrl + c = Copy text
Ctrl + i = Italics
Ctrl + k = Insert hyperlink
Ctrl + s = Save
Ctrl + u = Underline
Ctrl + v = Paste text
Ctrl + y = Redo
Ctrl + z = Undo
Ctrl + . = Bullet list
Ctrl + / = Numbered list
Shift + : = Emoji library
Command + b = Bold
Command + c = Copy text
Command + i = Italics
Command + k = Insert hyperlink
Command + s = Save
Command + u = Underline
Command + v = Paste text
Command + Z = Redo
Command + z = Undo
Command + . = Bullet list
Command + / = Numbered list
Shift + : = Emoji library

The rich text formatting toolbar appears above each text box that can be formatted. It only becomes active when you click within the text box.

Rich text tool bar

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts when working in the editor from a web browser running on a Windows operating system.

Ctrl + b = Bold
Ctrl + c = Copy text
Ctrl + i = Italics
Ctrl + k = Insert hyperlink
Ctrl + s = Save
Ctrl + u = Underline
Ctrl + v = Paste text
Ctrl + y = Redo
Ctrl + z = Undo
Ctrl + . = Bullet list
Ctrl + / = Numbered list
CTRL+Spacebar = Remove formatting

Boards

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts from any Kanban board, that is, when working from Boards>Boards or Work>Board page.

Note

The following shortcuts are available from the web portal for Azure DevOps Services and TFS 2015.2 and later versions.

Kanban board shortcuts

    n       Add new item
    c       Add new child item

Home        Select first item
Enter        Open item

Ctrl+Shift+f    Filter results

Ctrl+↑     Move item up
Ctrl+↓      Move item down
Ctrl+←     Move item left
Ctrl+→     Move item right


Ctrl+Home     Move item to top of column
Ctrl+End        Move item to bottom of column
Ctrl+Shift+↑  Move item to swimlane above
Ctrl+Shift+↓  Move item to swimlane below

    F2     Rename item
    e      Show/hide empty fields
    o      Expand all swimlanes
    u      Collapse all swimlanes

Shift+Pageup      Select first/next swimlane above
Shift+Pagedown   Select last/next swimlane below
Kanban board shortcuts

    n       Add new item
    c       Add new child item

Home        Select first item
Enter        Open item

Ctrl+Shift+f    Filter results

Ctrl+↑     Move item up
Ctrl+↓      Move item down
Ctrl+←     Move item left
Ctrl+→     Move item right


Ctrl+Home     Move item to top of column
Ctrl+End        Move item to bottom of column
Ctrl+Shift+↑  Move item to swimlane above
Ctrl+Shift+↓  Move item to swimlane below

    F2     Rename item
    e      Show/hide empty fields
    o      Expand all swimlanes
    u      Collapse all swimlanes

Shift+Pageup      Select first/next swimlane above
Shift+Pagedown   Select last/next swimlane below

Backlogs

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts when working from a Boards>Backlogs page. These shortcuts work when you are on a product backlog, portfolio backlog, or sprint backlog page.

Boards>Backlogs page shortcuts




    m,b             Move item to backlog
    m,i              Move item to current iteration
    m,n             Move item to next iteration
      Ins              Add child
      f+i              Add child
Ctrl+Shift+f    Filter results

Boards>Backlogs page shortcuts



Ctrl+Home    Move item to top
   m,b             Move item to backlog
   m,i              Move item to current iteration
   m,n             Move item to next iteration
      Ins              Add child
Ctrl+Shift+f    Filter results<b

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts when working from a Work>Backlogs page. These shortcuts work when you are on a product backlog, portfolio backlog, or sprint backlog page.

Work Backlogs page shortcuts
Backlogs

Ctrl+Home    Move item to top

   m,b             Move item to backlog
   m,i              Move item to current iteration
   m,n             Move item to next iteration

         n            Open new item panel
      Ins              Add child
Ctrl+Shift+f    Filter results

         r            Show/Hide Parents

Queries

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts when working with queries in the web portal. To view the valid shortcuts, enter ? from Boards>Queries or Work>Queries.

Note

The following shortcuts are available from Azure DevOps Services or TFS 2015.2 or later versions.

Queries keyboard shortcuts



                c q    New query
 r or Alt+r     Refresh query
           Alt+q      Return to query
    j or Alt+n      Next item
    k or Alt+p     Previous item
Ctrl+Shift+f    Filter results

Queries keyboard shortcuts



                c q    Add new query
  r or Alt+r     Refresh query
           Alt+q      Return to query
    j or Alt+n      Select next item
    k or Alt+p     Select previous item
Ctrl+Shift+f    Filter results

Plans

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts when interacting with a delivery plan. To view the valid shortcuts, enter ? when viewing a plan from the Boards>Plans or Work>Plans page.

To toggle between card titles only and card details, enter t.

Note

The following shortcuts are available from the web portal for TFS 2017.2 and later versions. Type ? to access Global and service-specific shortcuts.

Delivery plans keyboard shortcuts



Home     Select first item
Enter      Open item
n            New item

Ctrl+↑  Move item up
Ctrl+↓  Move item down
Ctrl+←  Move item left
Ctrl+→  Move item right
Shift+←  Pan timeline left
Shift+→  Pan timeline right

u            Collapse all backlogs
o            Expand all backlogs

Shift+pageup    Focus on previous team
Shift+pagedown  Focus on next team
Ctrl+Shift+f      Filter results

Team Explorer navigational shortcuts

Use these shortcuts when working in Team Explorer.

Navigate

Ctrl+0,a   Open web portal
Ctrl+0,b   Open Build
Ctrl+0,c   Open Connect
Ctrl+0,d   Open Documents
Ctrl+0,e   Open Branches (Git)
Ctrl+0,g   Open Changes (Git)
Ctrl+0,h   Open Home
Ctrl+0,m   Open My Work (TFVC)
Ctrl+0,p   Open Pending changes (TFVC)
Ctrl+0,r   Open Reports
Ctrl+0,s   Open Settings
Ctrl+0,w   Open Work items
Ctrl+0,y   Open Synchronization (Git)

Ctrl+'       Move focus to search box
Alt+0        Move focus to top of page
Alt+1…9     Move focus to visible section [1 through 9]
Alt+↑↓    Move focus to next/previous section

Context menu

<↓            Open a context menu
Esc           Dismiss a context menu
← →         Move focus left/right
↑↓         Move focus up/down
Enter         Choose Context menu

Work item commands

Alt+m,g      Open work item
Alt+m,i       Add a work item
Alt+m,q      Add a query
Shift+Alt,c  Copy selected work item
Shift+Alt,l  Link to new work item
Enter         Open selected work item

You can use query results shortcuts whenever you have a list of work items, such as the query results view or a list of linked work items within a work item form.

Query editor Action Query results Action
← → Move focus left/right ← → Scroll left/right
↑↓ Move focus up/down PgUp/PgDn Scroll up/down
Shift+↑↓ Highlight consecutive clauses Shift+↑↓ Highlight consecutive rows
Shift+← Move focus left one field at a time Shift+Alt,n Move focus to next item
Shift+→ Move focus right one field at a time Shift+Alt,p Move focus to previous item
End Move focus to end of current clause End Move focus to bottom of list
Enter Move focus down Enter Open selected work item
Tab Move focus right, one field at a time Home Move focus to top of list
Ctrl+c Copy selected clause +/- Expand/collapse current row
Ctrl+s Save changes (editor) Ctrl+s Save changes (results)
Ctrl+v Paste copied clause F5 Refresh
Del Delete contents of current field or clause

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