Tutorial: Set personal or team favorites

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Favorite start icon those views that you frequently access. You can favorite all sorts of Azure DevOps features and tools—such as a project, repository, build pipeline, dashboard, backlog, board, or query. You can set favorites for yourself or your team.

As your code base, work tracking efforts, developer operations, and organization grows, you'll want to be able to quickly navigate to those view of interest to you and your team. Setting favorites allows you to do just that.

Team favorites are a quick way for members of your team to quickly access shared resources of interest. You favorite an item for yourself by choosing the  star icon. The favorited item will then show up easily from one or more directory lists. You set favorites for a team through the context menu for the definition, view, or artifact.

In this tutorial you'll learn how to view your personal favorites and to favorite or unfavorite the following views:

  • Project or team
  • Dashboard
  • Team backlog, board, shared query, or other Azure Boards view
  • Repository
  • Build and release definition
  • Test plans
  • Project
  • Shared query
  • Repository
  • Build and release definition
  • Test plans

Prerequisites

  • You must connect to a project through the web portal. If you don't have a project yet, create one. To connect to the web portal, see Connect to a project.
  • You must be a member of the Contributors or an administrators security group of the project. To get added, Add users to a project or team.
  • To favorite projects, backlogs, boards, queries, dashboards, or pipeline views, you must have Stakeholder access or higher.
  • To favorite repositories, or delivery plans, you must have Basic access or higher.
  • To favorite test plans, you must have Basic+Test Plans access level or equivalent.
  • You must connect to a project through the web portal. If you don't have a project yet, create one. To connect to the web portal, see Connect to a project.
  • You must be a member of the Contributors or an administrators security group of the project. To get added, Add users to a project or team.
  • To favorite projects, backlogs, boards, queries, dashboards, or pipeline views, you must have Stakeholder access or higher.
  • To favorite repositories, or delivery plans, you must have Basic access or higher.
  • To favorite test plans, you must have Basic+Test Plans access level or equivalent.

For details about the different access levels, see About access levels.

View personal favorites

Access views that you have favorited by choosing the  inbox icon, and then choosing Favorites.

View your favorited items

Note

If a service is disabled, then you can't favorite an artifact or view of that service. For example, if Boards is disabled, then the favorite groups—Plans, Boards, Backlogs, Analytics views, Sprints, and Queries and all Analytics widgets—are disabled. To re-enable a service, see Turn an Azure DevOps service on or off.

  1. Access views that you have favorited by choosing the  Azure DevOps logo to open Projects.

    Open Projects page

  2. Choose My Favorites to quickly access any view or item that you've marked as a favorite.

    Projects page, Favorites page

Favorite a project or team

  1. To favorite a project, open the project Summary page and choose the favorites star icon.

    web portal, Azure DevOps logo

  2. To favorite a team artifact, open Boards>Boards or Boards>Backlogs. Select the team you want to favorite from the team selector and choose the  star icon.

    Work>Boards, set team favorite

  3. To favorite other team artifacts, choose the  team icon, and then choose the  star icon next to one of the listed artifacts.

    Phone team work artifacts

Favorite a project

To favorite a project, open the project Summary page and choose the favorites star icon.

web portal, Azure DevOps logo

Or, you can favorite a project from the Projects page by choosing the favorites star icon next to the project.

Favorite a dashboard

  1. From Overview>Dashboards, open the selector and choose the Browse all dashboards option.

    Dashboards, Browse all dashboards option

  2. The Mine page shows your favorited dashboards, and all dashboards of teams that you belong to. The All page (shown below) lists all dashboards defined for the project in alphabetical order. You can filter the list by team or by keyword.

    Dashboards, Browse all dashboards option

    Tip

    You can change the sort order of the list by choosing the column label.

  3. To favorite a dashboard, hover over the dashboard and choose the  star icon.

    Dashboards, Browse all dashboards option

    Favoriting a dashboard will cause it to appear on your Favorites page and towards the top in the Dashboards selection menu.

Favorite a team's backlog, Kanban board, or other view

You can favorite several Agile tools for a team from a Boards page.

  1. Choose Boards, and then choose the page of interest, such as Boards, Backlogs, or Sprints.

    For example, here we choose (1) Work and then (2) Backlogs.

    Open Work, Backlogs

    To choose a specific team backlog, open the selector and select a different team or choose the home-icon Browse all team backlogs option. Or, you can enter a keyword in the search box to filter the list of team backlogs for the project.

    Choose another team

  2. Choose the  star icon to favorite a team backlog. Favorited artifacts ( favorited icon) appear on your Favorites page and towards the top of the team backlog selector menu.

Favorite a shared query

Open Boards>Queries and choose the All page. Expand a folder as needed. Choose the  star icon next to the query you want to favorite.

Or, open the context menu of the query, and then select Add to Team Favorites, and then select from the list of teams.

Work>Queries, Add to favorites

You can also set a query as a personal favorite by opening the query and choosing the  star icon.

Work>Queries, set shared query as a personal favorite

Open Work>Queries. Next, open the  actions icon menu of the shared query you want to favorite, and then select Add to my favorites or Add to team favorites.

Web portal, Work, Queries, Add to my favorites

Favorite a delivery plan

To learn more about delivery plans, see Review team Delivery Plans.

To mark a delivery plan as a favorite, open the Boards>Plans page and choose the  star icon next to the Delivery Plan.

To mark a delivery plan as a favorite, open the Work>Plans page and choose the  star icon next to the Delivery Plan.

Favorite a repository

From any Repos page, open the repository selector and choose the  star icon for the repository you want to favorite.

Code page, Repository selector, choose favorites icon

From any Code page, open the repository selector and choose the  star icon next to the repository you want to favorite.

Web portal, Code, Favorite a repo

Favorite a build pipeline

Open Pipelines>Builds and choose either Mine or Definitions page. Choose the  star icon next to the build definition you want to favorite. Or, open the context menu of the build definition, and then select Add to my favorites or Add to team favorites.

Pipelines, Builds, Add to my favorites or team favorites

Open Build and Release>Builds and choose either Mine or Definitions page. Choose the  star icon next to the build definition you want to favorite. Or, open the context menu of the build definition, and then select Add to my favorites or Add to team favorites.

Build & Release, Builds, Add to my favorites or team favorites, previous navigation

Favorite a test plan

To learn more about test plans, see Create a test plan and test suite.

To mark a test plan as a favorite, open Test Plans>Test Plans and choose the  star icon next to a test plan from the menu that shows All test plans.

To mark a test plan as a favorite, open the Test>Test Plans page and choose the  star icon next to a test plan from the menu that shows All test plans.

Unfavorite a view you've favorited

You can unfavorite an artifact from your Favorites page. Choose the  inbox icon, and then choose Favorites. Choose the  favorited icon of a currently favorited artifact.

View your favorited items

Similarly, you can unfavorite an artifact from the same page where you favorited it.

You can unfavorite an artifact from the Projects>Favorites page and choose the  favorited icon of a currently favorited artifact.

Similarly, you can unfavorite an artifact from the same page where you favorited it.

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