Flat queries

A flat query list of work items is used when you want to perform the following tasks:

  • Finding a work item with an unknown ID

  • Checking the status or other columns of work items

  • Finding work items that you want to link to other work items

  • Exporting work items to Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Office Project for bulk updates to column fields

  • Generating a report about a set of work items

As a general practice, to easily find work items, a team member can create Shared Queries, which are predefined queries shared across the team. They can be created, modified, and saved as a new query too.

The following steps demonstrate how to open a flat query list and create a new query list:

  1. In the team project web portal, expand Shared Query List located on the left-hand side and click on the My Tasks query, as shown in the following screenshot:

  2. The resulting work items generated by the My Tasks query will be shown in the Work item pane, as shown in the following screenshot:

  3. As there are now three...