Quickstart: View and filter work items

Azure DevOps Services - Public Projects

In this quickstart, you learn how to view work items that are defined for a public project. If you're a contributor or Stakeholder, you can also add and edit work items.

Here we focus on what you can do as an anonymous user who isn't signed in as a contributor to a project.

View work items

To view Work Items, choose Boards. You can view recently created, updated, and completed work items.

Boards>Work Items page

By default, completed work items are hidden. To show them, choose the view options icon, and switch the slider to show Completed Work Items.

To view a work item, choose its title. As an anonymous user (one not signed into the project), you can only view the details shown. You can't modify or add information to the work item.

Choose your work item view

Using the drop-down menu, you can focus on relevant items using one of the three pivots described next. Additionally, you can filter and sort each pivot view.

Work Items page, Menu options
  • Recently updated: lists work items recently updated in the project.
  • Recently completed: lists work items completed or closed in the project.
  • Recently created: lists work items created within the last 30 days in the project.

Filter the list of work items

Choose the filter icon to view the filters available to you. You can filter each view by typing a keyword or using one or more of the fields provided, such as work item type (Types), State, Area Path, and Tags. The page remembers the filters you set for each pivot, supporting personalized views across all pivots.

Work Items page, filter by work item type


Depending on the process chosen when the project was created—Agile, Scrum, or CMMI—the types of work items shown differ. For example, backlog items may be called product backlog items (Scrum), user stories (Agile), or requirements (CMMI). All three are similar: they describe the customer value to deliver and the work to be performed.

For an overview of all three processes, see Choose a process.

Sort your view and other View options

You can sort your view by one of the column fields. If the column fields aren't displaying, choose the filter icon.

To sort on a column, click the column title. To reverse the sort order, click the column title again.

To view or hide completed work items, choose the view options icon, and switch the slider to show/hide Completed Work Items.

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