Copy a work item

You can use the copy Copy icon (located at the top of the work item form) to copy a work item, at which time you can specify a different work item type for the copy. You can save the copy to the same project or to a different project.

Copy a work item and specify a new type

The initial properties of the copy depend on the client that you use to make the copy.

  • If you use Team Explorer or Team Web Access, the copy takes the default state and the default reason. For example, if you copy a bug that is closed, the initial state of the copy is active.

  • If you use Office Excel or Office Project, the new work item properties match the original exactly. For example, if you copy a work item that has invalid field values, the copy also has invalid field values, and you cannot publish the new work item until you have changed those values.

To learn more, see the following topics: