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How can I change the default sort option of Priority for the Issue Navigator?

When I get into the Issue Navigator for a project I see the issues sort according to Priority by default.  We don't really use Priority in our projects, so it's annoying to have to select a new field (which I can't scroll to, btw) and then re-select the ordering, and THEN, if I'm lucky, I don't have to change the filter, otherwise the view defaults to sorting by Priority.

I can't find any documentation on how to configure this setting.  I want to be able to have the issues sort by Key, descending, when I open the Issue Navigator.  Anyone know if there's a way to make that happen?  Thanks!

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Already reported here, but it needs much more interest to hope for development:

Alessandro is right !  Pls click the URL he provided and then click "Vote for this Issue", upper-right under the 'People' section ....

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Alessandro, Mark, Thank you for the highlighting that there is an issue out there and to vote for it.

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@Mark Frederick@Rajan Pandya: maybe upvoting this post would help other people to quickly reach the feature request.

Yes, that is already in progress. :)

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Voted and commented!  Everyone else should do the same, and post that issue link everywhere you can.

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Mar 18, 2016

I am afraid that there is no other option than add ORDER BY clause in every filter

This is COMPLETELY Stupid

I have to track mulitple projects on an hourly basis, and having to change "priority" to "key" each time I want to view latest issues is a waste of productivity and amounts to a definate COST to the company as the time it takes to do this is multiplied across engineers PMs etc.

As a system admin, if I can change the way boards and screens are displayed, why can't a user profile have the ability to assign their default "issue" order without having to create a filter to do so.

This should be an easy feature to provide considering how configurable JIRA is. 

Atlassian please don't address your customer base needs like MS does.

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I am in the same boat.  If we could configure the default sort order from priority to another custom field such as key, that would be very helpful.  Please make this happen!

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I agree with John, this is a no-brainer.  Need to avoid changing the sort order EVERY time - too many clicks and we have other places to sort by Priority.  If I click Issues to see the master listing, I obviously want to see the latest first.

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The dropdown list next to the default Order by Priority is demented. Over 300 items. A small handful (7-10?) of common-sense frequently used options such as by Date, by Issue number, etc. listed in a separate section at the top of the list would definitely help Jira users.

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Hello - yes, this is one year later than this issue was opened.  Any resolution here?

Having the default sort be Key with Asc or Desc makes MUCH more sense than by priority.  Having the default sort of issues by Priority is useless.

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sorry TWO years later - even worse.

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I'm with John and all the rest above: This is stupid. I deal with it every day and find no reason in the world that priority should be the default. If they can make it configurable then for all the money we are paying for this stuff they need to hire a programmer that can fix this issue.

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Not sure jumping on helps -- but I just researched this and found 3 other threads asking for this very same feature - the ability for a user to set the default issue sort.

This one looks like a pretty needed and handy feature.  Maybe look at items like this that make your existing tool better vs. doing full rewrites of tools that muck up things like projects beyond recognition.

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Agreed. Apparently their programming staff, assuming one exists, is NOT directed to handle real issues with their existing product.

For everyone reading this thread -- at the very least, follow the recommendation below and make sure to upvote this issue if you'd like to see it fixed. Go to the URL here and on the right-hand side under People, select "Vote for this Issue". 

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Workaround: If you create a bookmark to your project's issues page and add a query string parameter:


and then save that as a bookmark then you will have a link to that page which defaults the sort to key.

You can also simply set the order to whatever you want and then bookmark the url and you have a link to your project that will sort the way you way. I know its a pain to do this for each project but less a pain than having to update the order by each time. Hope that helps.

I'm an avid Jira user since early 2016 and have been watching this thread.  I can't understand why Support cannot fulfill such a seemingly simple request with all the people that are out there asking about it.  Forgetting for a minute all the people asking for a change, it simply defies logic to have coded it the way it is right now anyway.  All I can think to do is pile onto the list of those complaining about it so maybe they will listen.

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One of you Heroes needs to log this as a support ticket and share with the rest of the squad so we can vote for the feature to be implemented in a future release

Who's going to take the initiative?

Apparently it takes more than 7 individuals struggling with the very same issue to get their attention.

There is a feature request since Aug 2017, look at my answer.

Is there any way to change this with a plugin?

I voted. But, after two years, it is seeming to need a "midterm election" to break the stalemate. Does Atlassian have those? :) It could be admitting, indirectly, there is something too embedded to be worth fixing to them; a shame. They should, because it kills their customer's productivity, and is very frustrating. I've wasted so much time screwing with this menu. The last time I got a support ticket done they were timely, persistent on verifying my resolution, pleasant, and pretty much custom-fixed my situation. For the record, however, it was a bug already. This is no different, with the exception of the extreme "popularity", so I don't understand why there is no adequate explanation despite all the votes on that link, other than to speculate a bit more as I have done already.

Make this a variable so it can be set by the user.

Agree with that. It's painful to reset this from Priority to Key, for my sake.

It should remember the last state set and remain as that until changed.

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Even that would be better than what it does now.

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