TFS Working On – Version 1.3 Released

This release of TFS Working On includes is mostly just about TFS 2010 native support but includes some minor things that were annoyingly missing from the previous version.

Firstly, native TFS 2010 support. This means no need to install Team Explorer 2008 and the forward compatibility update. Unfortunately you still need Team Explorer 2010 since Microsoft has not released TFS API redistributables, as far as I know. Some of the nice things that come with TFS 2010 support hierarchical queries in the context menu and native query picker for the menu query.

Hierarchical Menu Query

Query picker

ClickOnce deployment is now used. The intent it too easily allow users to know if updates are available, since I have such a sporadic release timeline. Note that you will need to manually uninstall the previous version. In theory the two should coexist. I haven’t tried it and I don’t recommend it. Having the two would just become confusing. The installer is still available if that’s your cup-of-tea.

I would like to thank some volunteers that helped with this release contributing to the project. It is great to know it is not just my work team using TFS Working On and others are finding the tool useful and a great time saver.

Here is the simple everyday improvements made that should alleviate users:

  • Refresh option in the Menu Query
  • Rounding time tracked to 2 decimal places
  • Right-click context menu to allow viewing working items from the search results
  • Prompt for estimate if none set
  • Esc key dismisses Select Work Item dialog
  • Work Item mappings stored in version control
  • For more details see the Documentation.

As usual a bunch of bugs fixes included:




Unhandled exception viewing current working on work item when connection to server is lost


Permissions on shared configuration file


Move format of workitem history update entry to configuration


TFS 2010 hierarchical query in context menu exception


Menu Query exception when Query no longer exists


Duration, remaining and elapsed time fields don’t get updated if no mappings are defined for the first team project in "Connect…" list


Switching connections causes error in FormSearchWorkItems with TFS 2010 upgrade


Mappings Path no longer working with TFS 2010 upgrade


Query List no longer working with TFS 2010 direct connection upgrade


Default Mappings path fails due to folder not existing


Last item in query menu does not work if at bottom of screen

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10 thoughts on “TFS Working On – Version 1.3 Released

  1. Hi Matthew

    Just starting using this app and its great.

    An option to change the unit of time. At the moment it counts in units of 1 hour. Would like option to get it to count in units of working days. Obviously a more tricky thing to implement but would be a great addition.


  2. Heya, just wanted to drop you a line to say your app is awesome! It does exactly what we need and not a thing more. Which again makes it easy to use. Thanks!

  3. Hi Matthew

    Just a question about TFS Working On. Whenever I log off and back on, TFS Working On prompts me for the TFS query to use to my task list. Should it do that?

    I have been into the configuration options and set the Menu Query but it doesn’t seem to persist after logoff.

    I think it’s a great tool.


    • Hi Steven

      I haven’t seen that happening before. Is it all the settings not persisting or just the Menu Query?

      The settings file is saved in C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Rowan.TfsWorkingOn Settings.xml and the setting you are looking for is SelectedQuery which holds the query guid.



      • I have checked that settings file and the SelectedQuery value is being stored in a GUID format. I did have the “Prompt on resume” checkbox enabled (checked) so I’m not sure if that would cause the behaviour. However, even after I have unchecked that checkbox, the Select Query dialog still presents when I close the app and re-open it again.

      • Is it the Search for Work Items dialog on startup? The Menu Query only effects the context menu. The Search dialog saved query is the built-in search form from the TFS API, which I want to replace, which will not have the Saved query selected by default to the configured menu query.

        I hope that makes sense.

      • Yes, that is the dialog. So, you’re saying that the Search for Work Items dialog can’t be turned off at startup?

        Thanks for your help with this.

  4. This is a useful app. I wonder if there is a standalone installer, because I want to use this app in a machine that doesn’t have internet access. Thank you.

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