Add findings to existing bugs with exploratory testing

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To help avoid duplication, the Test & Feedback extension automatically searches for and displays existing bugs, based on the keywords in the title, as you file a new bug. You can choose to continue creating a new bug or add your findings to an existing bug.


To use all the features described in this topic you must have either an Enterprise, Test Professional, or MSDN Platforms subscription; or have installed the Test Manager extension for Azure Test Plans available from Visual Studio Marketplace. See Manual testing permissions and access.


  1. As you type the title for a new bug, in the background the extension searches for similar bugs that might be related to the issue you've found and displays a link to the results. Choose this link to see the results that have similar title keywords.

    The link to view similar bugs

    The form displays 0 Similar if it does not find any matching bugs. In this case, or if you don't see a "similar" link, you can create a new bug containing your screenshots, notes, and videos as described in this topic.

  2. If you see a bug you want to update, instead of creating a new one:

    • Select it in the list and choose Edit.

      Editing a similar bug

    • The extension appends all your screenshots, notes, and videos to the existing bug.

    • Save the updated bug.

      Saving the updated bug

  3. If, instead, you decide not to update an existing bug, ignore the "similar" link and:

    • Choose the New bug link to return to the bug details form.

      Returning to the bug details form

    • Enter the details for the new bug and save it as described in this topic.

  4. Continue exploring your app, filing bugs and tasks, and creating test cases.

See your exploratory session results

After you file bugs, create tasks, or create test cases, all these show up in the "Recent exploratory sessions" page in Azure Test Plans or TFS.

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