Web portal navigation

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The web portal for Azure DevOps Services and Team Foundation Server (TFS) is organized around a set of services, as well as administrative pages and several task-specific features such as the search box. The service labels differ depending on the navigation selected:

  • New navigation: Overview, Boards, Repos, Pipelines, Test Plans, and Artifacts
  • Previous navigation: Dashboards, Code, Work, Build and Release, Test, Wiki, and Analytics views

Each service provides you with one or more pages which support a number of features and functional tasks. Within a page, you may then have a choice of options to select a specific artifact or add an artifact.

The web portal for Team Foundation Server (TFS) is organized around a set of applications—such as, Dashboards, Code, Work, Build and Release—as well as administrative pages and several task-specific features such as the search box. Each service provides you with one or more pages which support a number of features and functional tasks. Within a page, you may then have a choice of options to select a specific artifact or add an artifact.

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Choose New navigation if you see a vertical sidebar or if the New Navigation feature is enabled. The vertical sidebar along with other navigational features are enabled when New Navigation has been enabled for the signed-in user or the organization. To learn how to use the web portal effectively, see Web portal navigation.

Choose Previous navigation when you see a top-level, blue-bar and when using the web portal for on-premises TFS.

Here's what you need to know to get up and running using the web portal.

New navigation isn't supported on TFS at this time. Choose Previous navigation for guidance.

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Only those services that are enabled will appear in the user interface. For example, if Boards is disabled, then Boards or Work and all pages associated with that service won't appear. To enable or disable a service, see Turn an Azure DevOps service on or off.

In New navigation, you select services—such as Boards, Repos, and Pipelines—from the sidebar and pages within those services.

New navigation experience with vertical sidebar

New navigation isn't supported on TFS at this time. Choose Previous navigation for guidance.

Now that you have an understanding of how the user interface is structured, it's time to get started using it. As you can see, there are a lot of features and functionality.

If all you need is a code repository and bug tracking solution, then start with the Get started with Git and Manage bugs.

To start planning and tracking work, see About Agile tools.

Connect to the web portal, user accounts and licensing

You connect to the web portal through a supported web browser—such as the latest versions of Edge, Chrome, Safari, or Firefox. Only users who have been added to a project can connect. This is typically done by the organization owner.

Five account users are free as are Visual Studio subscribers and stakeholders. After that, you need to pay for more users. Find out more about licensing from Azure DevOps pricing.

Limited access is available to an unlimited number of stakeholders for free. For details, see Work as a Stakeholder.

You connect to the web portal through a supported web browser—such as the latest versions of Edge, Chrome, Safari, or Firefox. Only users who have been added to a project can connect. This is typically done by a member of the Project Administrators group.

Limited access is available to an unlimited number of stakeholders for free. For details, see Work as a Stakeholder. Most regular contributors must have a TFS client access license (CAL). All Visual Studio subscriptions include a TFS CAL. Find out more about licensing from TFS pricing.

Refresh the web portal

If data doesn't appear as expected, the first thing to try is to refresh your web browser. Refreshing your client updates the local cache with changes that were made in another client or the server. To refresh the page or object you're currently viewing, refresh the page or choose the Refresh icon Refresh icon if available.

To avoid potential errors, you should refresh your client application under the following circumstances:

  • Process changes are made
  • Work item type definitions are added, removed, renamed or updated
  • Area or iteration paths are added, removed, renamed or updated
  • Users are added to or removed from security groups or permissions are updated
  • A team member adds a new shared query or changes the name of a shared query
  • A build definition is added or deleted
  • A team or project is added or deleted

Differences between the web portal and Visual Studio

Although you can access source code, work items, and builds from both clients, some task-specific tools are only supported in the web browser or an IDE, but not in both.

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