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how to convert subtask to story

lipi Sep 05, 2016

This question is in reference to Atlassian Documentation: JIRA User's Guide

how to convert subtask to story?

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Damien (darwyn) Sep 05, 2016


simply move your issue to the same project but choose the story issue type. 

moving your issue can be done thanks to the 3 dots on the top right corner of your issue view and choose "Move". 



Bill Pecor Jan 25, 2019

Tried Move - get a message:
"There are no other sub-task issue types associated with this project."


Bill Pecor Feb 07, 2019

Turns out you have to switch to the Old View to see the option to "Convert to Issue".



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Laurence Bascle Feb 08, 2019

Thank you so much Bill! Saved my life! Is this new or we've just been blind? I guess I was always going to MOVE so maybe i missed it. Makes a world of a difference, thanks!

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Katja Angerstein Feb 14, 2019

But soon everybody will be on the New View, how can we convert subtasks to issues after that?

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Janek Bogucki Mar 29, 2019

Kindly fix this so the 2019 view can be used to achieve this. This is not a minor oversight by any generous measure!

Tobias Fielitz Thursday

3rd thread here I had to look at to get this working. Thx

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naveen arroju Apr 05, 2017

Hi matilda majed,

Sub-task issue -->view issue screen see more  options ---> select convert to issue.

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Nic Brough [Adaptavist] Community Leader Sep 05, 2016

There will be a "convert sub-task to issue" option in the tools menu on the issue view (along with log work, attach, etc)

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Matilda Majed Feb 27, 2017

I cannot find "convert sub-task to issue" only change parent..


Nic Brough [Adaptavist] Community Leader Feb 27, 2017

Do you have "create issue" rights in that project?

If you do, and you still don't have the option to convert sub-tasks to issues, then you'll need to ask your administrators to revert whatever it is they have done to remove it.

Gene Merrill Apr 13, 2018

Or maybe need to use "Move Issue" instead of "Edit Issue" in bulk change wizard?

Joshua McManus Oct 18, 2018

There's a problem with the new Issue View that Atlassian released a little while back. You just have to switch back to the classic issue-view and you should see it in the "More Actions" menu.

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Chaim Eliyah Oct 19, 2018

Thanks to @Joshua McManus for that answer; that's the solution. Bulk edit didn't work. Checking permissions didn't work. They literally broke "Change Issue Type" in the new JIRA.


But we're used to things being broken with JIRA, so it's okay, right?

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Laurence Bascle Feb 07, 2019 • edited

This new view is an absolute disaster, why take a good product and mangle it beyond recognition! It has so many issues, I am dreading the time when they'll remove the old view! 

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Adesanya Dare Jan 08, 2019

This is sort pain in the ASS.


Why not have Project - Project Version - Epic - Story - Task - Sub-task. I suppose this is the SCRUM structure. Atlassian made it this way in the previous version, but the new version seems to stupid. Who's the their new business analyst? 

Nic Brough [Adaptavist] Community Leader Jan 08, 2019

Scrum is Epic -> Story -> (sub)task.  Jira is unlikely to change away from that, as that structure has been fundamental almost since it was first written.

So you're saying Story represents Task sort of? But it would be great if there is Task for Story and Sub-task for Task. With this structure more details can be captured.

Thanks anyway.

Nic Brough [Adaptavist] Community Leader Jan 26, 2019

No, a task is an issue type that you could have at the same level as a story or below as a sub-task level.  Or not at all if you choose not to have tasks.

Any issue at the story level can have sub-tasks of any type you define.

Adesanya Dare Feb 07, 2019

Thanks for your explanation Nic

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