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Can I create a custom field like the Description field?



I'm looking for the ability to create a JIRA custom field that allows for markup like the Description field. Maybe an add-on?

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Nic Brough -Adaptavist-
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Mar 14, 2016

It's built in.

Admin -> Custom fields -> add -> unlimited text

You may need to adjust the "field configuration" though - change the "renderer" to markup.

I use jira 7.5.2 .

I need a field that allows markup like the Description field. (I want the tool bar of desigining the text. like it appears when editing the Description field )
I followed your instructions but I don't have the option markup in the "Renderer".

I only have "wiki style" renderer and when I choose it - it did not change anything.

Like Resh likes this

Despite this is marked as "Solved", I spent quite a few hours trying to understand how to fix this. 

Here is 5 minute video which I have created on how to do this.

I hope it helps. 

Thanks for making the video, it helped a lot! :)

Robert Nadon
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Oct 29, 2019

Love videos thanks so much

WOW thank you soooo much for the video

Thanks for that! It actually worked hooray!

Thank you!  Quick learning to keep me moving on a jira request.

Sure it helps, Spasibo!

Thanks! Works as well on Jira Server v8.2.4

Это лучше оригинального решения, очевидно.

thanks for video

Thanks for the video, very useful!

Thanks a ton for this video! Saves a lot of time!!

You're my hero! Thank you so much! 

Wow. No idea why this is not marked as the solution here. @Maggie Stearns would you be so kind and edit this for future generations :)?



Thanks for the video, It helped me.

Yes, thank you for the video!

Great! Thank you!

Like Chana Linder likes this

Thanks, this was very helpful.

Exactly. Thank you.

The video is PERFECT !! Solved my pbm thank you so much :) 

Thank you for this video!!!

Like Chana Linder likes this

You are a life saver...thank you

Hi there, 

i am having the some request, but i can't find the unlimited text option in the new Jira UI..

Is there any other way to do that?



Nic Brough -Adaptavist-
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Jan 15, 2018

It hasn't moved.  You log in as an admin, go to the admin interface, select issues then custom fields and click add, which will ask you what type of field you want.

Like Jon Mulhern likes this

I manage to do it but by changing the renderer to Wiki Style of the new multi-line renderer as shown in the screenshots

Screen Shot 2018-01-15 at 18.33.42.png

Screen Shot 2018-01-15 at 18.35.51.png

Many thanks, Vasilis ! Your answer helped me. :)

I used video from the second comment and it worked :)

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