Bulk edit Azure DevOps work items using Excel
There are times when you need to do bulk edits of work items within Azure DevOps Boards. Excel supports adding work items, updating existing work items, adding links or attachments to multiple work items and much more.
- Install Microsoft Excel 2010 or later
- Install Azure DevOps Office Integration 2019 (free)
- Be a member of the project you want to edit
- You should have permissions set to Allow: View work items in this node and Edit work items in this node
- If you want to add or modify work items, you should have Stakeholder access or high
Once you have all the necessary prerequisites set up, it’s time to get started.
- Open up Excel
- Click on Team on the top menu
You will see a lot of options greyed out. You need to connect the Excel plugin to your Azure DevOps environment.
- Click on New List
- This will activate a pop up box asking to Connect to an Azure DevOps Server.
- Click on Servers
- Now click on Add
- Enter the URL of your Azure DevOps server
- Then click OK
- It will prompt you for authentication to the Azure DevOps server
- Now click on Close
- The plugin will now pull in information about your Team Projects
Make bulk changes
- Select the relevant project and click on Connect
- You will be prompted regarding which items you want to pull from Azure DevOps Boards into Excel. You can either start a new list or pull in items from a query
- You can now start to make the modifications that you need to make
- Once you have made the changes you need, click on Publish within the Team tab
- If you refresh your Azure DevOps Boards view the changes you have made will now be available
In conclusion, bulk editing Azure DevOps items using Excel can save everyone significant amounts of time and effort. By exporting the work items into an Excel sheet, users can quickly make changes to multiple items at once, and then easily import the changes back into Azure DevOps. This feature is especially helpful for larger projects with numerous work items that require frequent updates.