Set personal or team favorites

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By favoriting an artifact or view, you can quickly access it. An artifact is a specific container, definition, or configurtion of a feature or tool—such as a project, repository, build pipeline, or query. As your code base, work tracking efforts, developer operations, and organization grows, you'll want to be able to quickly navigate to those artifacts of interest to you and your team. Setting favorites allows you to do just that.

You can set favorites for yourself or your team. 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 clicking the favorites 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 artifact.

You can set favorites for the following artifacts from the indicated page.

Service/area Artifacts Page
Organization & projects Projects and teams Projects (personal favorites only)
Dashboard Team dashboards Dashboards
Code Repositories Code>Branches (personal favorites only)
Work, Agile tools for a team Backlogs, boards, sprint backlogs, sprint taskboards Work>Queries (requires enabling the New Navigation or New Navigation)
Work Queries Work>Queries
Work Delivery plans Work>Plans (personal favorites only, requires installation of the Delivery Plans extension)
Build and Release Pipeline definitions Build & Release>Build or Release
Test Test plans Test>Test Plans (personal favorites only)
Service/area Artifacts Page
Organization & projects Projects and teams Projects (personal favorites only)
Code Repositories Code>Branches (personal favorites only)
Work Queries Work>Queries
Work Delivery plans Work>Plans (personal favorites only, requires installation of the Delivery Plans extension)
Build and Release Pipeline definitions Build & Release>Build or Release
Test Test plans Test>Test Plans (personal favorites only)

Favorite a project or team

Note

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

For on-premises TFS users, choose Previous Navigation for guidance.

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

    web portal, VSTS icon

  2. To favorite a team artifact, open Work>Backlogs or Work>Boards. 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

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View personal favorites

Access your favorites by choosing the inbox icon, and then choosing Favorites.

View your favorited items

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Favorite an Agile tool

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

  1. From Work, 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 appear on your Favorites page and towards the top of the team backlog selector menu.

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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.

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Favorite a repository

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

Code page, Repository selector, choose favorites icon

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Favorite a build pipeline

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, new navigation

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Favorite a shared query

Open Work>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, new navigation

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

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Favorite a 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 test plan

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 an artifact

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.

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