Search Work Items

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As your projects and iterations evolve, you may need to quickly search and locate a specific work item or related discussion. Use the Search box or the ID field on most summary pages to find what you need.

backlog ID and Name search

Get more specific results by specifying the project, work item type, and any relevant keywords.

If a work item has been deleted but is listed in your search results, the system displays a message that the work item has been deleted when you attempt to view its details.

The search results and keywords are refreshed (updated) each time you search, and the browser refreshes the page results. Your results remain displayed until you perform another search. Once the browser is closed or you have logged off, the search results are not saved.

All summary views, with the exception of the Release and Iteration summary views, allow you to search by ID number. Enter the ID number of the work item (excluding the tag or prefix) in the box under the ID column and press Enter or click the Filter button. Use the following delimiters with a specific number to refine your ID search: <= , >= , = , < , > .


story ID search

Keyword searches

Search includes the following fields:

  • Name
  • Description
  • Notes
  • Discussion posts
  • Tags
  • Custom strings
  • Text fields

Global search

You can search with a single click or keyboard shortcut on any page in Rally to find work items. Simply press the forward slash on your keyboard or click the Search icon at the upper-right corner of any page in Rally and start typing your search criteria. Press Enter on your keyboard to view search results.

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Tip Description
Searches are not case sensitive. Enter keywords in upper case or lower case characters. All characters, regardless of how you enter them, are understood as lower case. Example: User is interpreted as user and will match on variations of case, such as User user UseR USER.
Note: The search fields for Story Burndown and Story Cumulative ARE case sensitive.
All keywords are included as search criteria. By default, search returns items that include all of your keywords. There is no need to include and between keywords. Example: edit defects is interpreted as edit AND defects.
Search for complete phrases by enclosing them in quotation marks. Keywords enclosed in double quotes ("laser beam" and "death star") are treated as phrases, and display together in search results exactly as you entered them. Phrase searches are especially useful when searching for work item names. There is no need to include quotation marks around single keywords, even when mixing single keywords and phrases in the same search request. Examples: defect suite "defect suite" description.
Boolean searches are supported. Use the OR and ! (not) operators between keywords to expand the possibility of search results. Example: Searching apples !oranges will return any results that contain apples but do not contain oranges.
Partial string (substring) matches are not supported. Example, if you search for arm, you will not get results for charm, army, or alarm.
Matching occurs on expanded forms of keywords. The search finds work items containing various forms of the keywords you enter in the Search field. Examples: edit returns results for edit or editing or editor, child returns results for child or children.
Use characters and numbers in your keywords. Keywords may contain any combination of letters [a-z] and numbers [0-9]. Using special characters (except for . and ") splits the keywords into phrases.
Enclosing hyphenated keywords with double quotes affects search results. If you use double quotes around a hyphenated keyword, the keyword is interpreted as a phrase in which words must appear together in the exact order that they do in the hyphenated keyword (the hyphen is ignored). If you omit double quotes around a hyphenated keyword, the search will match the portions of the keywords before and after the hyphen. In this case, results are returned if both words appear in the work item, but not necessarily together. Examples: e-mail returns results for e mail or e-mail; work-item returns results for work item or work-item; setup-tab returns results containing both setup and tab.
Wildcards are not supported. Using special characters returns unexpected results. Using any special characters (except for . and ") matches separately on all portions of the keyword delimited by special characters. These portions are treated as phrases. If you omit double quotes around the keyword, results are returned providing all phrases appear in the work item, although not necessarily together in the same word. Examples: cl?ck returns results for work items that include one or more words containing cl AND one or more words containing ck.
cl?$ck*ab returns results for work items that include one or more words containing cl AND one or more words containing ck AND one or more words containing ab.
" 3*5 " returns results for work items that include the exact phrase: 3*5 . If you include a period (.) in the keyword, the keyword is interpreted literally for an exact match, as if you had enclosed it with double quotes. Example: dev.com returns results for work items that include the exact phrase: dev.com (such as Rallydev.com.) If you include a double quote (") in the keyword, the fragment before it will be considered as search criteria but the fragment following it will be ignored. Example: cl"ck returns results for work items that include one or more words containing cl.

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