Add findings to existing bugs with exploratory testing

Azure DevOps Services | Azure DevOps Server 2022 - Azure DevOps Server 2019

To help avoid duplication, the Test & Feedback extension automatically searches for and displays existing bugs, based on the keywords in the title as you file a new bug. You can choose to continue creating a new bug or add your findings to an existing bug.


  • You must connect to a project. If you don't have a project yet, create one.

  • You must be added to a project. To get added, Add users to a project or team.

  • To request or provide feedback, you must have Stakeholder access or higher.

  • To add or modify bugs or other work item types, you must have the Edit work items in this node permission set to Allow under the corresponding Area Path.

  • To add new tags, you must have the Create tag definition permission set to Allow.

    For more information, see Set permissions and access for testing.

Add your findings to a bug

  1. Enter the title for a bug.

    In the background, the extension searches for similar bugs that might be related to the issue you found and displays a link to the results.

  2. Select the link to see the results that have similar title keywords.

    Screenshot showing the link to view similar bugs.

    The form displays 0 Similar if it doesn't find any matching bugs. In this case, or if you don't see a "similar" link, you can create a new bug that contains your screenshots, notes, and videos, as described in Connected mode exploratory testing.

  3. To update a bug, do the following tasks, rather than create a new one.

    • Choose it from the list and select Edit.

      Screenshot showing Editing a similar bug.

      The extension appends all your screenshots, notes, and videos to the existing bug.

    • Save the updated bug.

      Screenshot showing Saving the updated bug.

  4. OR, if you decide not to update an existing bug, ignore the "similar" link and select New bug to return to the bug details form.

    Screenshot showing Returning to the bug details form.

  5. Continue to explore your app, file bugs and tasks, and create test cases.

See your exploratory session results

After you file bugs, create tasks, or create test cases, they show up in the "Recent exploratory sessions" page in Azure Test Plans.

See how you can view your sessions and get insights.