Setting up issue types in independent projects

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Issue types categorize your project's work. By default, independent projects label all your tasks as Story. Add more issue types to your project to distinguish different tasks in unique ways. Multiple issue types help you search and sort the work your team takes on. 

You must have the administrator role in your project to do the things described on this page.

Add suggested issue types to your independent project

To add suggested issue types:

  1. From your project's sidebar, select Project settings > Issue types.
  2. Select + Add issue type.
  3. Choose one of the suggested issue types from the list.
  4. Select Add.

Your new issue type appears in the sidebar, alongside the other issue types your project uses. You can set an issue's type when you create a new issue in the project or on a board.

Create custom issue types in your independent project

To add your own issue types:

  1. From your project's sidebar, select Project settings > Issue types.
  2. Select + Add issue type.
  3. Select + Create issue type.
  4. Give your issue type a name, description, and an icon.
  5. Select Create.

Your new issue type appears in the sidebar, alongside the other issue types your project uses. You can set an issue's type when you create a new issue in the project or on a board.

Edit issue types in your independent project

Change an issue type's name

To edit the name of your issue type:

  1. From your project's sidebar, select Project settings > Issue types.
  2. Select the issue type you want to edit from the sidebar.
  3. Click the issue type's name and edit it how you like.
  4. Click Save changes.

Your issue type's name updates everywhere in Jira.

Change an issue type's description

To edit the description of your issue type:

  1. From your project's sidebar, select Project settings > Issue types.
  2. Select the issue type you want to edit.
  3. Click the issue type's description and edit it how you like.
  4. Click Save changes.

Your issue type's description updates everywhere in Jira.

Change an issue type's icon

To edit the avatar of your issue type:

  1. From your project's sidebar, select Project settings > Issue types.
  2. Select the issue type you want to edit from the sidebar.
  3. Click the issue type's icon.
  4. Upload a custom image or choose one from the list.
  5. Click Select.

Your issue type's icon updates everywhere in Jira.


Delete issue types from your independent project

To delete an issue type:

  1. From your project's sidebar, select Project settings > Issue types.
  2. Select the issue type you want to delete.
  3. Select Remove issue type () to delete the issue type.

If you have issues that use that type, we'll warn you about them. You'll have to change their type to something that you actually use in the project, or else things can break. Don't worry, Jira will walk you through how to update those issues, if needed.


Last modified on Jun 7, 2018

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