Set the Work Items experience

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Visual Studio 2019 supports switching between the default view of the Team Explorer Work Items page and the legacy view. The default view is designed to match the web portal Boards>Work Items page. The legacy view supports the Work Items page available with the previous versions of Visual Studio as described in the linked articles listed below.

Each view supports the following tasks:

Default experience Legacy experience
- View and add work items - Add work items
- Use the query editor to list and manage queries
- Organize query folders and set query permissions
- Open query in Excel
- Email query results list using Outlook
- Create reports from query in Excel
(on-premises Azure DevOps Server only)


If you want to quickly access a list of work items based on their assignment to you, following, mentioned, or recent updates; then use the new default experience. However, if you rely on accessing queries from Team Explorer, then we recommend that you set your Landing page to the legacy option.

Change your Work Items view

  1. From Visual Studio 2019 choose Tools>Options.

  2. In the Options dialog, enter work items in the search box.

  3. Choose your Landing page option from the menu.

    Open Tools>Options>Work Items

To learn more about Options, see Options Dialog Box (Visual Studio).

New Git tool experience

Visual Studio 2019 now includes a new Git tool that provides an improved experience when connecting to a Git repository. When you enable this tool, the Team Explorer tool is effectively disabled when connected to a Git repository. You can acquire the new tool by downloading Visual Studio 2019 version 16.6. To enable and use the new tool, see Git experience in Visual Studio.