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What is a 'field configuration scheme'?

A 'field configuration scheme' associates (or 'maps') field configurations to issue types in a project. In turn, a field configuration scheme can be associated with one or more projects.

This means that you can define different field configurations for each issue type that is available in a given project. For example, it is possible to have separate field configurations for the Bug the Improvement issue types (whose associations are defined in a field configuration scheme) for a project called 'Test'. Refer to the Overview Diagram for more information.

Because a field configuration scheme can be associated with more than one project (and associations between field configurations and issue types in a field configuration scheme are flexible), you can minimise your administrative workload as you can reuse the same field configuration for the same (or different) issue types across multiple projects.

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Adding a field configuration scheme

  1. Log in as a user with the JIRA Administrators global permission.
  2. Select Administration > Issues > Fields > Field Configuration Schemes (tab) to open the View Field Configuration Schemes page, which lists all your field configuration schemes in JIRA (if any exist).
    (tick) Keyboard shortcut: g + g + start typing field configuration schemes
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  3. If you are using JIRA 5.0.1 and later, click the Add New Field Configuration Scheme button to open the Add New Field Configuration Scheme dialog box.
    (info) If using JIRA 5.0.0, scroll down to the Add New Field Configuration Scheme form at the end of the page.
  4. Complete the Add New Field Configuration Scheme  dialog box (in JIRA 5.0.1 and later) or form (in JIRA 5.0.0):
    • Name — enter a short phrase that best describes your new field configuration scheme.
    • Description (optional but recommended) — enter a sentence or two to describe when this field configuration scheme should be used.
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