Keyboard shortcuts for VSTS, TFS, and Team Explorer

VSTS | TFS 2018 | TFS 2017 | TFS 2015 | TFS 2013

You can use the keyboard shortcuts listed in this topic when you work within Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), the web portal for Team Foundation Server (TFS), or Team Explorer. In addition to these shortcuts, you can assign your own shortcuts in Visual Studio from the Tools/Options/Environment/Keyboard page.

Note

Feature availability: Some keyboard shortcuts are only available from the cloud service or from an on-premises deployment. These are annotated as follows:

  • VSTS - VSTS (cloud service)
  • TFS - Team Foundation Server (on-premises)

Web portal

You can use these keyboard shortcuts when working in the web portal of VSTS or TFS.

Navigate

Ctrl+Alt,a     Move focus to admin link admin link
Ctrl+Alt,h     Move focus to help link help link
Ctrl+Alt,s     Move focus to search box

Ctrl+Alt,Down arrow    Move focus to next section
Ctrl+Alt,Up arrow    Move focus to previous section

Navigate within lists

Tab               Move focus
Left/right arrow              Move focus left/right
Up/Down arrow              Move focus up/down
Ctrl+Home       Move focus to top of list
Ctrl+End      Move focus to bottom of list
Ctrl+Up/Down arrow     Move item up/down within list
ShiftUp/Down arrow       Highlight consecutive items
Menu            Open context menu
Esc             Dismiss context menu
Left/right arrow            Move focus left/right
Up/Down arrow            Move focus up/down
Enter           Choose selected menu item

Web portal, global shortcuts

Type ? to access the Global and hub-specific shortcuts.

Note

Feature availability: The following shortcuts are available from the web portal for VSTS and TFS 2015.2 and later versions. Type ? to access the Global and hub-specific shortcuts.

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts from the web portal.

Global shortcuts

  ?   Show shortcuts
  p   Projects and teams

g,h   Go to the Dashboards hub
g,w   Go to the Work hub
g,c   Go to the Code hub
g,b   Go to the Build-Release hub
g,t   Go to the Test hub
g,s   Go to Settings (Admin context)

f,n   Focus next section
f,p   Focus previous section

s     Move focus to search

Hub-specific shortcuts only work when in a specific hub. For example, type g c to open the Code hub, and then type c p to create a pull request. These navigation shortcuts work as long as the focus is not on an input control.

Code hub

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts when working in the Code hub. To view the valid shortcuts, enter Shift+? from the Code hub or when editing a wiki page.

Note

Feature availability: The following shortcuts are available from the web portal for VSTS and TFS 2015.2 and later versions.

Code shortcuts Code
  r   Select repository
  e   Open explorer
  h   Open history
  b   Open branches (Git)
  q   Open pull requests (Git)
c,p   Create pull request (Git)

  c   Open changesets (TFVC)
  v   Open shelvesets (TFVC)


File Explorer
  1     Open contents
  2     Open history
  t     Move focus to directory path
  w     Select branch (Git)
  y     Switch to commit (Git)
c,b     Create branch (Git)

Work hub, Work Items page

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts when working in the Work hub, Work Items page which is currently in preview. To enable it, see Enable preview features.

Note

Feature availability: The following shortcuts are available from the web portal for VSTS.

Work items page shortcuts

Work


l    Open backlog
b    Open board
i    Open current iteration
t    Open task board
q    Open queries
z    Toggle full screen




Work items

Ctrl+Shift+f   Filter results
Ctrl+c           Copy to clipboard
Delete             Delete

Work item form shortcuts

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts when interacting with a work item form. To view the valid shortcuts, enter Shift+? from within the form.

Note

Feature availability: The following shortcuts are available from VSTS.

Work item form keyboard shortcuts Work Item Form
Alt+i               Assign work item to me

Ctrl+Shift+d   Go to discussion
Ctrl+s              Save changes
Shift+Alt+c       Copy work item title
Ctrl+Shift+,      Move to left tab (page)
Ctrl+Shift+.      Move to right tab (page)

Also, you can use the following keyboard shortcuts when working within the work item form in the web portal, both VSTS and TFS.

Format, copy, paste rich text Save and close
Ctrl+b              Bold text
Ctrl+i              Italicize text
Ctrl+u              Underscore text
Ctrl+Spacebar   Clear formatting
Ctrl+c              Copy text
Ctrl+v              Paste copied text
Ctrl+s         Save changes
Ctrl+Enter   Save and close
Esc               Close work item

Work hub, Backlog page

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts when working in the Work hub, Backlogs pages. These shortcuts work when you are on a product backlog, portfolio backlog, or sprint backlog page.

Work Backlogs page shortcuts Backlogs

      j           Select next item
      k            Select previous item

Ctrl+j           Move item up
Ctrl+k           Move item down
Ctrl+Home    Move item to top

   m,b             Move item to backlog
   m,i              Move item to current iteration
   m,n             Move item to to next iteration

         n             Open new item panel
      Ins               Add child
Ctrl+Shift+f     Filter results

Work hub, Kanban board page

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts from any Kanban board, that is, when working in the Work hub, Board page.

Note

Feature availability: The following shortcuts are available from the web portal for VSTS and TFS 2015.2 and later versions.

Work items page shortcuts Kanban Board

    n       Add new item
    c       Add new child item

Home        Select first item
Enter        Open item

Ctrl+Shift+f    Filter results

Ctrl+Up arrow      Move item up
Ctrl+Down arrow      Move item down
Ctrl+Left arrow     Move item left
Ctrl+right arrow     Move item right


Ctrl+Home     Move item to top of column
Ctrl+End        Move item to bottom of column
Ctrl+Shift+Up arrow  Move item to swimlane above
Ctrl+Shift+Down arrow  Move item to swimlane below

    F2     Rename item
    e      Show/hide empty fields
    o      Expand all swimlanes
    u      Collapse all swimlanes

Shift+Pageup      Select first/next swimlane above
Shift+Pagedown   Select last/next swimlane below

Work hub, Queries page

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts when working with queries in the web portal. To view the valid shortcuts, enter Shift+? from the Work>Queries page.

Note

Feature availability: The following shortcuts are available from VSTS or TFS 2015.2 or later versions.

Queries keyboard shortcuts Queries

Ctrl+Shift+f    Filter results
                c q    Add new query

                   r     Refresh query

           Alt+q      Return to query
    j or Alt+n      Select next item
    k or Alt+p     Select previous item

Work hub, plans page

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts when interacting with a delivery plan. To view the valid shortcuts, enter Shift+? when viewing a plan from the Work>Plans page.

Note

Feature availability: The following shortcuts are available from the web portal for VSTS and TFS 2017.2 and later versions. Type ? to access the Global and hub-specific shortcuts.

Delivery plan keyboard shortcuts

Work Delivery plan
l  Open backlog
b  Open board
i  Open current iteration
t  Open task board
q  Open queries
z  Toggle full screen mode
Home     Select first item
Enter     Open item
n          New item
Ctrl+Up arrow Move item up
Ctrl+Down arrow Move item down
Ctrl+Left arrow Move item left
Ctrl+Right arrow Move item right
Shift+Left arrow  Pan timeline left
Shift+Right arrow  Pan timeline right
u            Collapse all backlogs
o            Expand all backlogs

Shift+pageup    Focus on previous team
Shift+pagedown  Focus on next team

Ctrl+Shift+f      Filter results

Test hub, Test Plans, Parameters, and Runs pages

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts when working in the Test hub.

Note

Feature availability: The following shortcuts are available from the web portal for VSTS and TFS 2015.2 or later versions.




Test hub shortcuts Test

  n    Open test plans
  m   Open shared parameters
  r    Open runs

  h  Open machines
Test Plan shortcuts Test plan

     1   Open tests
     2   Open charts

     e   Execute tests

   t,b   Mark selected tests as blocked
   t,f   Fail selected tests
   t,n   Mark selected tests as NA
   t,p   Pass selected tests
   t,r   Reset tests to active

Ctrl+Shift+f    Filter results
   v,g   View grid

Test parameter shortcuts Parameters

     1    View parameter set grid
     2    Open properties

   c,s    Add parameter set
   c,t    Add test case
   v,t    Toggle test cases pane
Test run shortcuts Test runs

     1    Test runs
     2    Filter

Wiki hub

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts when managing or editing Wiki pages. To view the valid shortcuts, enter Shift+? from the Wiki hub or when editing a wiki page.

Note

Feature availability: The following shortcuts are available from the web portal for VSTS.

"Manage wiki keyboard shortcuts Wiki (manage)

    n               Add new page
    e               Edit page
    c               Add new sub-page

Ctrl+Up arrow        Move page up the order
Ctrl+Down arrow        Move page down the order

Ctrl+Shift+f  Filter page
"Edit wiki page keyboard shortcuts Wiki edit

Ctrl+s           Save changes
Ctrl+Enter     Save and Close
Esc                 Close

Team Explorer navigational shortcuts

Use these shortcuts when working in Team Explorer.

Navigate

Ctrl+0,a   Open web portal
Ctrl+0,b   Open Build
Ctrl+0,c   Open Connect
Ctrl+0,d   Open Documents
Ctrl+0,e   Open Branches (Git)
Ctrl+0,g   Open Changes (Git)
Ctrl+0,h   Open Home
Ctrl+0,m   Open My Work (TFVC)
Ctrl+0,p   Open Pending changes (TFVC)
Ctrl+0,r   Open Reports
Ctrl+0,s   Open Settings
Ctrl+0,w   Open Work items

Ctrl+'       Move focus to search box
Alt+0        Move focus to to top of page
Alt+1…9     Move focus to visible section [1 thru 9]
Alt+Up/Down arrow     Move focus to next/previous section

Context menu

Down arrow            Open a context menu
Esc           Dismiss a context menu
Left/right arrow           Move focus left/right
Up/Down arrow           Move focus up/down
Enter         Choose Context menu

Work item commands

Alt+m,g      Open work item
Alt+m,i       Add a work item
Alt+m,q      Add a query
Shift+Alt,c  Copy selected work item
Shift+Alt,l  Link to new work item
Enter         Open selected work item

You can use query results shortcuts whenever you have a list of work items, such as the query results view or a list of linked work items within a work item form.

Query editor Action Query results Action
Left/right arrow  Move focus left/right Left/right arrow  Scroll left/right
Up/Down arrow  Move focus up/down PgUp/PgDn Scroll up/down
Shift+Up/Down arrow Highlight consecutive clauses Shift+Up/Down arrow Highlight consecutive rows
Shift+Left arrow Move focus left one field at a time Shift+Alt,n Move focus to next item
Shift+Right arrow Move focus right one field at a time Shift+Alt,p Move focus to previous item
End Move focus to end of current clause End Move focus to bottom of list
Enter Move focus down Enter Open selected work item
Tab Move focus right, one field at a time Home Move focus to top of list
Ctrl+c Copy selected clause +/- Expand/collapse current row
Ctrl+s Save changes (editor) Ctrl+s Save changes (results)
Ctrl+v Paste copied clause F5 Refresh
Del Delete contents of current field or clause      

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