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How do you make bulk changes in next-gen Jira?

There doesn't seem to be the same gear icon available as in old Jira?

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It's absurd that you cannot bulk-change issues within the backlog view with a next-gen project.

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After exporting my Trello board and trying to import it into a Jira next-gen project, I've found that all of my labels I carefully configured in Trello are completely botched on the Jira side. The import tool's custom mapping functionality didn't help at all. A bulk edit would really help me clean this up.

We're more than a year and a half later and you STILL can't bulk edit from within a next gen project.


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An image worth a thousand words :)


That is not a "next-gen project".
"next-gen projects" do not have an "issues and filters" view.

Bulk change is not possible at all in "next-gen projects".

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@Andrew Pullin actually you can do bulk edits on next-gen projects in the 'Advanced Issues Search' feature (albeit this is not natively in the project itself). You just need to filter the issues to the desired project.

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@Camron Wall I have just checked in Advanced issues search and there is no bulk change option for me... am I doing this right? 

Screenshot 2020-06-29 at 14.20.21.png

@Samantha Jonin not sure exactly, but I would suspect this is some sort of privilege -- potentially only available to admins. 

You could check to see what role you have in your Jira instance - confirming with your admin if you have one.

I personally have admin access and see the 'bulk change' option


Please check this before:


To perform a bulk operation, you'll need the global Make bulk changes permission and the relevant permission for each project. For example, you would need to have the Move Issue project permission and Make bulk changes global permissions to move a group of issues at the same time. 


Search for and select the list of issues

For each of the below procedures, you'll need to perform a search with the required filters to produce a list of issues.


Steps to bulk issues

  1. Choose the Jira icon ( or ) > Issues and filters.
  2. Select Search issues.
  3. Click more (•••) at the extreme top-right of the page and choose Bulk Change all <n> issues.
  4. Select the issues you'd like to perform the bulk operation on, and click Next.

It's nice to know it's possible, but it's a bit of a stretch to say this is "in next-gen jira".  I have to leave my next-gen project backlog or board, and do a global search across all of my issues in order to use this.  

In the next-gen backlog view, I can select multiple issues, why can't I mark them all as done, or delete them all, etc?  kind of ridiculous. 

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Right, this is absurd. I had multiple issues selected and was looking for some sort of bulk edit/delete command. Honestly shocked it's not there. My company just switched to Jira and I'm thiiiiiiiis close to requesting that we stop using it because of ridiculous shortcomings like this.

I have 20 items to delete. It takes 4 clicks to delete one of them. So I have to click 80 times. Uggggh.

@Manuel Bastardo Castellano in non-next-gen projects you have the option to bulk change issues from the board as well. I don't see that in next-gen. Any clue on how to get it there?

Screenshot 2020-01-14 at 09.47.15.png

Yes, I am facing the same issue, quite annoying as it was able to be done in a previous version. 

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I need to do a bulk edit to add an epic to issues that don't share any other common attributes. How is bulk edit going to be useful to me if I can only access it by searching for items? It would take me almost as long to compile the search string `key in (ridiculously long list of issue keys that i'll have to painstakingly search for visually and then add)` as it would for me to just click on each issue and manually add the epic.

Fix this. Wow

Thank you to Camron up above who suggested the workaround of using the advanced issue search. I came up with this query and saved it:


project = "My Project" AND Parent is EMPTY ORDER BY updated DESC


And then found the three-dot menu at the top right corner:

Screen Shot 2021-04-07 at 2.54.31 PM.png

Clicking it takes you to the same list display, only with checkboxes. From there you can cherrypick which issues you want to change - with the caveat being that you can't use the Advanced Issue Search interface to bulk add issues to Epics. For that (this is for next-gen only):

1. go to the Backlog View

2. Display the Epic pane if it's not already showing up: click on the Epic drop-down menu and toggle the "Epic panel" slider to "On"

3. Filter the  Epic panel by only clicking on "Issues without epic"

4. select single issues, or multiple issues with Cmd-click, and drag them to the other epics.

In my next-gen project, I can click on the three dots for an issue and select "Add flag", and then in the advanced search filter I can search for "project = key and flagged = Impediment" to locate all of the issues that I flagged, and then do a bulk edit on them. Adding flags to a bunch of issues in a list like this is faster than editing them all one by one, so perhaps this trick will be useful for others.

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