Get home, search or create with the global sidebar

Your new Jira experience makes navigation easier and more logical. After many years of faithful service, we've retired the header and consolidated navigation into a new sidebar. You'll always know where you are and how to find what you need.

The new sidebar is powerful, context-sensitive, and doesn't get in your way. It merges most of the old header and sidebar navigation links. It better organizes these links and shows the right ones only when you need them.

The sidebar consists of two parts:

  • a global sidebar that is always displayed

  • either an application sidebar or a project sidebar, depending on your context. Read more about the contextual sidebar.

The global sidebar always shows, no matter where you are in any Jira Cloud product. It provides quick links to get to your Jira home page, search for things, create issues and projects, and more.

Navigate to your Jira home

Depending on what Atlassian Cloud products you use, you will see a different logo that navigates to your Jira home.

I have access to…

I see…

Jira Core

Jira Service Desk

Jira Software

Jira Service Desk and Jira Software

Regardless of what you see, clicking the logo will take you to your Jira home.

View recent work or search for almost anything

The new quick search helps you keep track of what you are working on.

  1. Select   on the global sidebar. You'll see a list of recently viewed issues, projects, and filters.
  2. Select any item to navigate to it. Or, type in the quick search box and view search results as you type.

After a while, you might want to search a little deeper. The quick search box lets you seach a little more than just text. Here's some more things you can do:

Search Term




Find issues assigned to me.

my open bugs


Find issues reported by you, another user or with no reporter, using the prefix r: followed by a specific reporter term, such as me, a username or none.

Note that there can be no spaces between "r:" and the specific reporter term.

r:me — finds issues reported by you.
r:samuel — finds issues reported by the user whose username is "samuel".
r:none — finds issues with no reporter.

<project name>
<project key>

Find issues in a particular project.

test project


Find issues that were due before today.



Find issues with a particular Created, Updated, or Due Date using the prefixes created:, updated:, or due:, respectively. For the date range, you can use today, tomorrow, yesterday, a single date range (e.g. '-1w'), or two date ranges (e.g. '-1w,1w'). Note that date ranges cannot have spaces in them. Valid date/time abbreviations are: 'w' (week), 'd' (day), 'h' (hour), 'm' (minute).

updated:-1w — finds issues updated in the last week.
due:1w — finds issues due in the next week.
due:-1d,1w — finds issues due from yesterday to next week.
created:-1w,-30m — finds issues created from one week ago, to 30 minutes ago.
created:-1d updated:-4h — finds issues created in the last day, updated in the last 4 hours.


Find issues with a particular Priority.


<issue type>

Find issues with a particular Issue Type. Note that you can also use plurals.


<resolution> Find issues with a particular Resolution.

cannot reproduce


Find issues with a particular Component(s). You can search across multiple components.

Note that there can be no spaces between "c:" and the component name.

c:security — finds issues with a component whose name contains the word "security".


Find issues with a particular Affects Version(s). To find all issues belonging to a 'major' version, use the wildcard symbol '*'.

Note that there can be no spaces between "v:" and the version name.

v:3.0 — finds issues that match the following versions (for example):

  • 3.0
  • 3.0 eap
  • 3.0 beta

    ...but will not match against the following versions (for example):
  • 3.0.1

    That is, it will match against any version that contains the string you specify followed immediately by a space, but not against versions that do not contain a space immediately after the string you specify.


Find issues with a particular Fix For Version(s). Same usage as v: (above).



Wildcard symbol '*'. Can be used with v: and ff:.

v:3.2* — finds any issue whose version number is (for example):

  • 3.2
  • 3.2-beta
  • 3.2.1
  • 3.2.x

Create issues or projects, fast

You can quickly create issues or projects from the global navigation bar, regardless of where you are in Jira. Create issues in a different project, without losing your place.

To create a project or issue:

  1. Select Create from the global sidebar.
  2. Choose either Issue or Project.

Switch to other applications or jump into site administration

If you use more than one Jira Cloud app, you can switch between them from anywhere.

To switch between Jira Cloud apps:

  1. Select Switch apps from the global sidebar.
  2. Select the name of the application you want to navigate to. For example, Confluence or Stash.

Site administrators can also access site administration, via the Site administration link.

Change your user preferences or log out

Select your avatar to change your username, password, time zone and more. 

Last modified on Dec 5, 2017

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