Search Work Items for TFS 2010


Creates work item search box in a Visual Studio toolbar to pull up work item directly by ID or search through work items based on text entered.

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by _Fabio_ | November 07 2013

Hi, I am trying to search Items for multiple word, but the the query returned is always searching for "hello world", is there a way to configure Search Work Items plugin in order to search items by singular words "Hello" OR "World"? I saw this behave in VS2012 could be good to have it as default in this plugin.


by peter.morlion | June 11 2013

Works like a charm!

by Shai Gilboa | November 01 2012

Brilliant, simple and o the point

by lazers | September 10 2012

I installed it and tried on VS 2010, it works. Now the issue is that i have both VS 2010 and 2008 installed on my system and when i enter "--template" in 2010, it tries to open VS 2008 and therefore i am not able to edit the default search template. Please help

by michael.w.floyd13.civ | August 23 2012

Wonderful extension! Greatly Appreciated!

by Mr. Wharty | June 08 2012

Love it!

by DannOh | May 24 2012

Great extension!

by Velimir Polyanov | May 10 2012

by Dave.K | January 27 2012

Been looking at somthing like this. "Awesome"

by Andres Orozco | January 18 2012

Great tool! You guys rock

by ImarSpaanjaars | December 12 2011

by Daniel Cheida | November 05 2011

by manu-eit | October 27 2011

by Peter Palotas | October 21 2011

by gerwec | August 25 2011

Great tool, it would be great if it could add a search box in the "Coose linked work items" dialog ;)


by Mohamed.Radwan-MVP | July 15 2011

Most of the time it gives me error

by Ed Price - MSFT | June 04 2011

by GaboG | June 01 2011

Great tool, it would be great if it could have an option to restrict the search to just the current Team Project, it'll makes it easier to find what you are looking for when you have several Team projects in the Collection.

by Jonathan Gardner - MSFT | May 26 2011

Makes working on team projects easier.

by pvcrisp | May 18 2011

Works fantastic and should be a required functionality in the main program.

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  • Please add support for VS 2012
    4 Posts | Last post March 20, 2013
    • Hi thanks very much for the tool - which we couldn't live without it dealing TFS!
      Could you please add support for VS2012, talking to either TFS 2010 or TFS 2012?
      Thanks in advance
    • Please make it available for VS2012! With the new Team Explorer I'm less productive than with VS2010.
      Thank you very much.
    • VS2012 has a search box built in to Team Explorer (see that allows you to search for work items.
    • I'm now using the old Search Work Item plug-in also in VS2012. The two main reasons why I'm not satisfied with the built-in search support in VS2012 are:
      1. Lack of OR operator in queries
      2. Lack of the possibility to change the default template (e.g. in VS2012 the default is on ID, Title or Description)
      I just made some minor updates from the VS2010 code available at
      Please read my note in the discussion forum there.
  • Search does not find arguments in Description Field
    4 Posts | Last post September 27, 2012
    • I have installed the extension to VS2010 (also have VS2008 installed side by side and --template trick launches VS2008 but that is not my issue).
      I had a problem where creating a query in TE to search for terms in the Description field never returns a result.  I was rather hoping that your extention did some magic to fix this but it seems to suffer the same.
      Do you know if the field type could be related to the Project Template that I am using? Perhaps that would explain the failure.
    • I have the same problem - it seems to be an underlying problem with the TFS/SQL full text search functionality.  Would be great if the plugin could do something clever - but not sure how easy that would be...
    • Actually - my problem ended up being the fact that the component does not include the "ReproSteps" field, which contains a huge amount of the description on all of our bugs...
    • I also have the same problem. I want to edit the template but the "--template" command opens instance of VS 2008. How to fix that ?
  • Using a Team Project Filter
    4 Posts | Last post July 12, 2012
    • How do I narrow the results down a particular team project. Currently the current searchtemplate is giving me to many results. I only want results from my team project.
    • i also have this problem, any tip on including current project into this would be great
    • You can add an extra clause to the query: And Team Project = @project. This filters the result for the active Team Project. For searching, all the other clauses will usually be OR types, so group those to apply the project clause to the whole result. You get the query editor by entering --template in the search toolbar.
    • Hi,
      I have the same problem. But it does not work? TFS 2010 and only the Team Foundation Server Tools.
      If i group the searchable Terms the search does not find anything.
      Any suggestions?
      Even if i directly say, that i want to show only workitem from this Area or iteration Path it shows other paths to.
  • --template Search pulls up Visual Studio 2005 and errors out
    3 Posts | Last post April 27, 2012
    • Hi Mike, 
      I have VS 2005 and 2010 installed side-by-side along with the TFS 2010 Extension for search. Regular searches work fine, however, when I try to use the --template option, it tries to open VS 2005 and errors out due to a forward compatibility error. 
      Anything I can do to configure the extension to open up in VS2010? 
    • Sorry about the late response, haven't been on here in a while :) 
      It opens up a file with the extension ".wiq". So your computer is probably configured to open .wiq files in Visual Studio 2005. I think you should be able to just associate that .wiq file type with Visual Studio 2010 instead of Visual Studio 2005 and it should work. In Windows 7 you can access this by clicking on Start > Default Programs > Associate a file type or protocol with a program. You should be able to find it there and hit the Change Program button.
    • Hi Mike,
      Thanks for the response! When I query against the history column, search does not appear to look at the changed fields, but only comments that are entered in history.
      Am I missing anything?
  • This extension is not installable on any currently installed products.
    5 Posts | Last post March 27, 2012
    • Great addin! I was able to install it on my PC because I have Visual Studio Premium installed. Unfortunately, my coworker can't install it. It gives the following error:
      This extension is not installable on any currently installed products.
      This coworker only has the Team Client installed. Is there any way to allow this add-in to be installed with just the Team Client? Thanks!
    • Thanks for the review Bebo! Unfortunately, this extension is not available for the Team Client only. If they don't have Visual Studio 2010 installed then the Extension Manager doesn't exist on their machine to allow them to install extensions. So we have no way to integrate the two.
    • Bebo,
      Have your co-worker try this again with version 1.4 of this extension. I just pushed out an update that should allow the Visual Studio Shell   Team Explorer to work with this extension. See the description of this extension for details. Thanks!
      - Mike
    • It loads! And works too! ;-) Thanks Mike!
    • Hi
      Is there a way to clear the searches previously made? The drop down shows a long list that I cannot delete.
  • Extension keeps adding itself to my toolbar
    5 Posts | Last post December 08, 2011
    • If I remove this extension from my toolbar and then restart VS, the search toolbar re-appears. Any way to stop this behavior?
    • I'd have to go back and look at the code. I'm sure it can be done but I think I remember intentionally making it like that because I always wanted it to show up. Sorry about that :) If I get some time I'll try and go back and re-work it.
    •  1
      I also like having the toolbar stay hidden (I'm trying to reduce my toolbar sprawl ;-).
      Mike, again, thank you for a great addin!
    • I'm uninstalling it because of this.
    • This is also a big pain for me.. I don't have any toolbars, and this one keeps appearing. It would be awesome for it to remember if it was hidden, or at a minimum be able to configure if it should appear
  • Can't download
    1 Posts | Last post October 12, 2011
    • When I click on the download link the file I get is only 195k and i get an error when trying to run it.  Please fix
  • Auto Connect to TFS
    1 Posts | Last post July 25, 2011
    • The only thing i see missing in this is i constantly have to open the Team Explorer tab before i can use this. If would be nice if this tool tried to auto connect to the last server you connected to. 
  • Check Source into CodePlex
    2 Posts | Last post April 08, 2011
    • Would you check your VS2010 updates into the CodePlex project?  I'd be happy to make you contributors on the project if you email me (  thanks!
    • Sure thing man. I'll shoot an email over your way in a few so you can add Cory and I as contributors. We'll get it added after that.
  • TF248015: Error searching for text
    5 Posts | Last post March 18, 2011
    • Using this extension, I can enter a bug/task ID number as the search criteria, and sure enough the item is found. But, if I search for text (ie. "control") within query results, I get the following error:
      "TF248015: Your work item query could not be completed due to an unexpected error returned by the Microsoft SQL Server Full-text engine. Contact your system administrator to check the Application event log for Team Foundation Server." Any ideas? Thanks!
    • I'm having trouble re-creating the error on my side. It's probably a setting that's different between our TFS database servers that's causing it. Have you made any changes to your TFS since you installed it? Any database setting changes? What version of Visual Studio and TFS are you running? If I could re-create it then I'd be able to help you get a better idea of what needs to be done to fix it.
    • The TFS administrator indicated that there have not been any changes to our TFS server - everything is in the "factory" configuration after install. I have not made any local changes to my client, other than download the extension. I'm running Visual Studio 2010 Shell (version 10.0.30319.1) - I believe TFS 2010 was installed as part of 2010 shell. The administrator did find that the "Full text filter daemon" (or something to that effect) was disabled by default in the install, so he enabled it, but it had no effect. Still the same warning. Not sure what else to look at... Thanks! Matt
    • Team Explorer would have been included in the Shell installation but not TFS 2010. Did you guys upgrade from TFS 2008 to TFS 2010 or was TFS 2010 a fresh install? I know TFS 2010 uses the full text search from the Team System Web Access so I'm thinking during the TFS 2010 install/upgrade, somehow it didn't configure full text search. 
      Can you access your local Team System Web Access URL? If you go into that then there should be a search box on the left side of the screen to type in text to search work items there. I think that text box uses the full text search as well. Let me know if that text box search works or not. The URL should be something like http://YOURTFSSERVER:8080/tfs/web/. My guess is that something wasn't configured right by the TFS install.
    • I'm getting this, too - did you ever find out anything more about what was causing this? Or any way to work around it?
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