Bulk editing MTM 2013 test cases

Typically, if you want to bulk-edit TFS work items, you would use the Excel add-in that is installed when you install Team Explorer (or as part of Visual Studio).  This is not possible for test cases and their related test steps. 

If you are using TFS 2013 or Visual Studio Online, you are able to take advantage of the built-in bulk edit functionality.  This is available on the web portal.  You can easily access the web portal from MTM by clicking on the “Open in Web Access” button

Once you are on the Test section of the TFS (or VS Online) web portal, select a test suite, and then on the far right, you are going to see a link that reads “View List”:

Clicking on that, switches it to “Grid”, and this shows you all the test cases and their steps

Test Cases and Steps:


The columns are aware of their content, for example, the Priority field shows a drop-down list of valid values.  Same thing with State, Automation, and Assigned to.  You can click on the hyperlink on the ID column and the full work item dialog will come up.  You can’t edit Shared Steps from here, but they are bolded and marked as a shared step, including their work item id.  Once you are done with your edits (or adding new test cases), you can click on the save icon on the top left.  Then, when you click on the “View” link again, you’ll be back on list mode and you can proceed with testing.

If you want to learn more about TFS and ALM, check out my Pluralsight courses covering Visual Studio Online + Azure, Git, Microsoft Test Manager, and TFS Customization.

About esteban

Esteban is the Founder and Chief Technologist at Nebbia Technology, an ALM consulting and Azure-powered technology company. He is a software developer with a passion for ALM, TFS, Azure, and software development best practices. Esteban is a Microsoft Visual Studio ALM MVP and ALM Ranger, Pluralsight author, and the president of ONETUG (Orlando .NET User Group).

2 thoughts on “Visual Studio Online at Tampa Bay Microsoft Platform Developers group

  1. Brad

    Thank you for this. Found it helpful this afternoon knowing how to specify the custom test adapter path.

  2. Karthik KK


    Great article, it really helped !!!

    I have a question though.

    I am trying to set up Visual studio test using Test Agent task in vNext build definition and I am trying to run Specflow test (which actually has selenium UI Test in it)

    I dont know how the Specrun will be picked up and where should I specify the custom test adaptor ?

    Help is really appreciated.

    Karthik KK

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