Documentation for JIRA 4.1. Documentation for other versions of JIRA is available too.

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The Issue Navigator is used within JIRA to find and filter issues, and to display the search results in various formats ('views'). It is possible to select which issue fields will be displayed as columns in the Issue Navigator.

JIRA administrators can configure which columns appear in the Issue Navigator by default, for all users that do not have their personal navigator columns configured. Each authenticated JIRA user can override these defaults by configuring their own Issue Navigator columns to fit their needs. Note that only users who can see at least one issue in the JIRA system are able to configure Issue Navigator columns.


JIRA administrators can also select which views are available in the JIRA system, as views are configurable via plugins.

Configuring the default Issue Navigator Columns

  1. Log in as a user with the 'JIRA Administrators' global permission.
  2. Bring up the administration page by clicking either the 'Administration' link on the top bar or the title of the Administration box on the dashboard.
  3. Select 'Navigator Columns' from the 'Issue Fields' menu. The following will be displayed:

    • To move a column left or right, click on the left-arrow or right-arrow icon that appears under the column's heading.
    • To remove a column from the list, click the bin icon which appears under the column's heading.
    • To add a column to the list, select the issue field name from the drop-down box titled 'Add New Column' and click the 'Add' button. The column will appear as the right-most column in the list. You can then position the column where desired by using the arrow icons.
    • To hide the *'Actions' column,* click the 'Hide Column' link.
    • If the column order has been modified from the defaults, users can restore the global defaults by clicking the 'Restore Defaults' link (which will appear only if they have modified their Issue Navigator from the global defaults). When configuring the global defaults (only available to administrators), the link is called 'Restore System Defaults', and when clicked restores the configuration that JIRA ships with by default.
    • When configuring their personal Issue Navigator columns, a user can only see columns for issue fields that have not been hidden.
    • It is possible to add any of the existing custom fields to the Issue Navigator column list. When configuring the columns a user can choose any custom field that they have permissions to see. That is, any custom field except those that are project-specific and apply only to a project that the user does not have permissions to browse. Some custom fields, even if selected as Issue Navigator columns, will not appear in the Issue Navigator for all issues. For example, project-specific custom fields will be shown only if the filter has been restricted to that project only. Issue type custom fields will only appear if the filter has been restricted to that issue type.
    • When administrators are configuring default Issue Navigator columns, their permissions are ignored, so that they can add a project-specific custom field from a project that they do not have permissions to browse. The field would never be actually shown to users that do not have permissions to see it.