Defining priority field values

An issue's priority defines its importance in relation to other issues. JIRA applications come with a set of default priorities, which you can modify or add to, as explained on this page. To translate your priorities into another language, please see Translating resolutions, priorities, statuses, and issue types.

For all of the following procedures, you must be logged in as a user with the JIRA Administrators global permission.

Defining a new priority

  1. Choose > Issues
  2. Select Priorities from the left menu to view the currently-defined priorities and the Add New Priority form:
  3. Complete the Add New Priority form at the bottom of the page with the following fields:
    • Name — specify a word or two to describe your new priority. This name will appear in the drop-down field when a user creates or edits an issue.
    • Description — add a sentence or two to describe when this priority should be used.

    • Priority Color — specify a color to represent this priority. You can either type the HTML color code, or click the box at the right of the field to select from a color chart.

  4. Select Add.

Editing a priority

  1. Choose > Issues
  2. Select Priorities from the left menu. 
  3. From the Actions column, select the Edit link corresponding to the priority you wish to revise.
  4. Update the fields as described under Defining a new priority (above), then select Update.

Re-ordering priorities

Re-ordering priorities changes the order in which they appear in the drop-down list when a user creates or edits an issue.

  1. Choose > Issues
  2. Select Priorities from the left menu. 
  3. To re-order the priorities, click the arrows in the Order  column:
    • Click the up arrow to move a priority higher up in the list.
    • Click the down arrow to move a priority lower down in the list.

Deleting a priority

  1. Choose > Issues
  2. Select Priorities from the left menu. 
  3. From the Actions column, click the Delete link corresponding to the priority you wish to delete.

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