Create a dummy project that uses the field.
Create CSV with two columns - summary and field value (you can use the same value for each line!)
Import the CSV into the empty project - it will create one issue per line, and, if you configure it correctly for import, create a new option for each one in your new field.
Delete the project, it won't affect your field
Thank you for your answer but I wanted some clarification.
First I will create a new project and add a new drop down custom field called (XYZ).
Next, I will create a csv file and have summary and XYZ columns
Test 1 X
Test 2 Y
Test 3 Z
This will create 3 new issues.
I will then assign this drop down to a the other project and delete the new dummy project?
Is this correct?
Thanks, I am attempting to import a test file, but a field is not available on the list in the mapping step. I noticed the fields not available are indicated as "...created by JIM during import process" on the "issues->Custom fields" page. Any tips? Actually I think just got it. The field needs to be global to all projects.
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