Let’s face it, the life of a Jira user often feels like being in a high-stakes, time-bound relay race, where every tick of the clock matters. Now, imagine sprinting in this race with a pair of heavy boots; that’s what maneuvering through Jira with a mouse feels like.

Every extra click is a delayed step, every drag of the mouse is a stalling moment. But what if you could trade those heavy boots for a pair of swift sneakers? That’s precisely what mastering Jira’s keyboard shortcuts offers—a chance to sprint through your task list with a breeze, leaving the cumbersome clicks and drags behind.

Top 10 Jira Keyboard Shortcuts

  1. Quick Operations Dialog (.):
    • Press . (dot) to open the quick operations dialog box.
    • Example: Imagine you’re in a team meeting and need to quickly transition several issues to a different status. Instead of navigating through menus, simply hit . and type the transition name to expedite the process.
  2. Create Issue (c):
    • Press c to create a new issue.
    • Example: During a brainstorming session, new tasks emerge. Press c to instantly create new issues for these tasks without losing the flow of the discussion.
  3. Edit Issue (e):
    • Press e to edit the current issue.
    • Example: Upon reviewing, you notice a typo in an issue’s description. Press e to swiftly correct the typo and maintain the accuracy of your project documentation.
  4. Assign Issue (a):
    • Press a to open the assign dialog for the current issue.
    • Example: A team member is ready to take on a new task. Press a to assign the issue to them promptly, keeping the momentum going.
  5. Comment on Issue (m):
    • Press m to add a comment to the current issue.
    • Example: After a client call, you have updates to share on an issue. Press m to quickly add your comments, ensuring timely communication with your team.
  6. Dashboard (d):
    • Press d to navigate to the dashboard.
    • Example: As you start your day, press d to land on the dashboard and get a quick overview of the project’s progress and your team’s workload.
  7. Browse Projects (p):
    • Press p to browse through projects.
    • Example: When managing multiple projects, switch between them seamlessly by pressing p, thus maintaining a smooth workflow.
  8. Find Issues (/):
    • Press / to place your cursor in the search issues box.
    • Example: A stakeholder inquires about the status of a particular issue. Press / and type the issue key or summary to find and provide the needed information swiftly.
  9. Go to Agile Board (g + a):
    • Press g followed by a to navigate to the agile board.
    • Example: During your sprint review, quickly navigate to the agile board by pressing g + a to showcase the completed tasks and plan the next sprint.
  10. Issue Navigator (i):
    • Press i to open the issue navigator.
    • Example: You need to review all issues assigned to you. Press i to open the issue navigator and filter the issues by assignee, making your review process efficient.
.Quick Operations DialogOpens the quick operations dialog box.
cCreate IssueCreates a new issue.
eEdit IssueEdits the current issue.
aAssign IssueOpens the assign dialog for the current issue.
mComment on IssueAdds a comment to the current issue.
dDashboardNavigates to the dashboard.
pBrowse ProjectsBrowses through projects.
/Find IssuesPlaces the cursor in the search issues box.
g + aGo to Agile BoardNavigates to the agile board.
iIssue NavigatorOpens the issue navigator.

Exercises and Tips for handling Jira keyboard shortcuts

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Before we delve into the shortcuts galore, let’s glance through some preparatory tips:

  • Tip 1: Customize Your Shortcuts: Jira allows you to tailor keyboard shortcuts to your liking. Venture into the personal settings and tweak the shortcuts to suit your workflow.
  • Tip 2: Practice Makes Perfect: Like mastering a musical instrument, becoming proficient with keyboard shortcuts takes practice. Dedicate a few minutes each day to practice, and you’ll soon be playing symphonies of efficiency on Jira!
  • Tip 3: Cheat Sheet: Create a cheat sheet of the most frequently used shortcuts and keep it handy. Over time, you’ll memorize the shortcuts, making your interaction with Jira smoother and faster.
  • Tip 4: Opting Out of Keyboard Shortcuts: If you find that the keyboard shortcuts are not your cup of tea, fret not. Jira allows you to disable them. Simply navigate to Help > Keyboard Shortcuts and toggle the “Keyboard shortcuts are enabled” option.
  • Tip 5: Mastering Modifier Keys: Depending on your operating system and browser, certain keyboard shortcuts require a tango with modifier keys. Here’s a quick rundown:
  • Chrome:
    • Windows: Alt + Shift
    • macOS: Ctrl + Alt/Option
    • Linux/Solaris: Alt + Shift
  • Firefox:
    • Windows: Alt + Shift
    • macOS: Ctrl
    • Linux/Solaris: Alt + Shift
    • (You can customize ‘Modifier key shortcuts’ in Firefox; delve into Mozilla’s documentation for more insights.)
  • Safari:
    • Windows: Ctrl
    • macOS:Ctrl + Alt/Option
  • Internet Explorer:
    • Windows: Alt
  • For shortcuts leading to a link, press ‘Enter’ to complete the action post the ‘Modifier key shortcut’.

These Jira keyboard shortcuts are more than just keys; they are a pathway to enhancing your productivity and project management prowess. By incorporating these shortcuts into your daily Jira interactions, you’re not just saving time, but elevating your project management efficiency to a new pinnacle.

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