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Keyboard shortcuts provide a quick and easy way of navigating though JIRA and performing fundamental actions on issues without having to take your fingers off the keyboard.

On this page:

Viewing the Keyboard Shortcuts Dialog Box

The keyboard shortcuts dialog box shows an overview of JIRA actions that are available as keyboard shortcuts and the combination of keystrokes required to perform them.

You can quickly open this dialog box by pressing '?' ('Shift + /') on your keyboard, or by clicking your username's dropdown and selecting 'Keyboard Shortcuts' from the list.

Screenshot: Accessing 'Keyboard Shortcuts' from Your Username's Dropdown

Screenshot: Keyboard Shortcuts Dialog Box in Firefox on Windows

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Be aware that when you press '?', the keyboard shortcuts dialog box will not appear if your cursor is already focused inside any JIRA text entry field.

Keyboard Shortcut Availability

The keyboard shortcuts are organised into two groups that define their availability:

  • Global Shortcuts — These shortcuts are available from any JIRA screen.

  • Issue Shortcuts — These shortcuts are available from JIRA's 'View Issue' screens only.

Types of Keyboard Shortcuts

There are three types of keyboard shortcuts:

  • Single key shortcuts — To perform the action, only a single keystroke is required.

  • Two key shortcuts — To perform the action, one keystroke is followed by another, but both keys are not pressed simultaneously. In the shortcuts dialog box, these keystrokes are indicated as 'x then y', where 'x' and 'y' are two keys.

  • Modifier key shortcuts — To perform the action, one or two modifier keys (for example, 'Shift', 'Alt' or 'Ctrl') are pressed simultaneously, along with a single 'action' key. In the shortcuts dialog box, these keystrokes are indicated as 'modifier (+ modifier) + x', where 'x' is an action key, with the exception of a 'Shift + x' key combinations.
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    Modifier key shortcuts differ slightly based on the combination of web browser and operating system you are using. However, the keyboard shortcuts dialog box will show the required modifier keys, based on your web browser and operating system.

Keyboard Shortcut Descriptions

Operation

Keyboard Shortcut

Description

Go to Dashboard

'g' then 'd'

Directs you to the the Dashboard screen.

Browse to a Project

'g' then 'p'

Directs you to your current project browser screen.

Find Issues

'g' then 'i'

Opens the Issue Navigator, where you can search for issues using either the Quick Search or Advanced Search features.

Quick Search

'/'

Directs your cursor to the Quick Search text box in the top right-hand corner.

Create an Issue

'c'

Opens the Create Issue page or the project and issue type selection bubble for creating an issue.

Open shortcut help

'?'

Opens the keyboard shortcuts dialog box, as described above. To close this dialog box, press the 'Esc' key or click the 'X' in the top-right of the box.

Form Submit

Modifier key(s) + 's'

Submits any form in JIRA. The keyboard shortcuts dialog box will show which modifier key (or keys) are required for your combination of web browser and operating system. The Modifier Keys section below provides more details on other platform combinations.

Edit Issue

'e'

On the 'View Issue' screen, opens the 'Edit Issue' page (if you have appropriate permission), where you can edit the issue.

Assign Issue

'a'

On the 'View Issue' screen, opens the 'Assign Issue' page (if you have appropriate permission), where you can assign the issue to another JIRA user.

Comment on Issue

'm'

On the 'View Issue' screen, opens the comment panel at the top of the page and focuses on the comment text box.

Next Issue

'j'

On the 'View Issue' screen (if you got there via the Issue Navigator), navigates to the next issue.

Previous Issue

'k'

On the 'View Issue' screen (if you got there via the Issue Navigator), navigates to the previous issue.

Next Item

'n'

On the 'View Issue' screen, navigates to the next item in the activity section.

Previous Item

'p'

On the 'View Issue' screen, navigates to the previous item in the activity section.

Labels

'l' (lower-case 'L')

On the 'View Issue' screen, opens the labels dialog box, where you can edit the labels associated with the issue.

Modifier Keys

The required modifier keys differ depending on your combination of operating system and web browser. For example, when running Firefox on Mac OS X, you will need to press 'Ctrl' + 'S' to submit a form, while on Windows, you will need to press 'Alt' + 'S'. The following table identifies the modifier keys for the various combinations of supported web browsers and operating systems:

Web Browser

Mac OSX

Windows

UNIX/Linux

Firefox

Ctrl

Alt + Shift

Alt + Shift

Internet Explorer

 

Alt

 

Safari

Ctrl + Alt

Ctrl

 

Additional Shortcut Keys

The following operations also have shortcut keys. These operations can be accessed by pressing the appropriate modifier key(s) indicated in the modifier keys section above, along with the access key indicated for that operation below.

Operation

Access Key

Description

Dashboards drop-down menu

'd'

Opens the 'Dashboards' drop-down menu in the top navigation bar. You can then use the arrow keys to navigate and <Enter> to select an item.

Issues drop-down menu

'i'

Opens the 'Issues' drop-down menu in the top navigation bar. You can then use the arrow keys to navigate and <Enter> to select an item.

Administration drop-down menu

'a'

Opens the 'Administration' drop-down menu in the top navigation bar. You can then use the arrow keys to navigate and <Enter> to select an item.

Projects drop-down menu

'p'

Opens the 'Projects' drop-down menu in the top navigation bar. You can then use the arrow keys to navigate and <Enter> to select an item.

Cancel

`(backquote)

Cancels any form.

Remember me check box

'r'

Automatically selects the 'Remember me' or 'Remember my login on this computer' check box on the Login page or gadget on the dashboard.

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In Internet Explorer, typing a 'Modifier key shortcut' that leads to a link results in the link being highlighted only. Hence, after typing a modifier key shortcut, you will then need to press the 'Enter' key to complete the action - for example, to open a link's drop-down menu. The actions of modifier key shortcuts that lead to buttons, however, are fully completed.

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In Firefox, it is possible to customise 'Modifier key shortcuts'. Please read this document for more information.