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5 Top JIRA Tips & Tricks I Wish I Knew 1 Year Ago

Barbara Rogala

Hidden functions make our life easier and save our time. This is especially crucial when we work with a tool on a daily basis. For software development one of the most important tools is JIRA from Atlassian, and below you can find some shortcuts or functions without which I can’t live :).

The “Z” key

Sometimes, when you are using the external screen the contrast or size is not appropriate and displayed content is illegible. Try to press the “Z” key on your keyboard. Simple right? 🙂 Atlassian’s developers call this “Projector mode” and it works both for Product and Sprint backlog.

Source: Atlassian wiki

“Z” key in use

“Z” key in use

I really recommend the other shortcuts available in JIRA, they are very useful and time-saving. Visit the Atlassian wiki to see the complete list.

From 1 to 3

Other breaking shortcuts – tapping on keys from 1 to 3 allows you to switch between the Product Backlog, Sprint Backlog and Reports very quickly! Try it!

1 to 3 shortcuts in practice

1 to 3 shortcuts in practice

Drag and Drop

Make your life easier! You don’t have to use only “Send to” option for changing the position of the tasks in the Product backlog. Simple drag and drop is enough!

Drag and drop is easy to use!

Drag and drop is easy to use!

Bulk Change

My favorite one – when a lot of tasks should be changed, you can use “Bulk Change” option in right-click menu. Someone from our team has counted that it is time-saving when you have more than 8 tasks to change at once :).

Bulk Change preview

Bulk Change preview

Quick Filters

Did you know, that you can customize the quick filters section? Go to the Board settings and choose the Quick Filters from the left menu. And then click and be happy about your new, clean view!

Add new Quick Filters preview

Add new Quick Filters preview

Now you can be a JIRA master :). Let me know in the comments if you use some other tips & tricks which can help everyone, and if you found this post helpful – don’t hesitate to share it!

 

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