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How do I manually change the status of an issue?


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To change an issue status you should hit one of the workflow transition buttons at the top bar (refer the screenshot below).

Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 12.13.11 PM.png

There are other ways to change an issue status such using bulk change.

Hope it helps!



Not there.  Now what?

Like Frank_Rasche likes this

not there in menu



I could NOT get the "Accepted Answer" to work, or any of the others, as I found them to be WAY too complicated, for me, so I opted for something "Dirt Simple" here.

Here is a VERY simple and easy way to change status back to "Not Started" here.

But, this is a bit "dirty" so it may not be for all.

1. Change from "In Progress" to "Completed" here.

2. Change from "Completed" to "Re-Open" here.

3. See the status is back to "Not Started" here.

4. Done.

This works great for me, and just use a comment to explain the Completed/ReOpen here.

Note, our workflow is stock and simple for Tasks...

> Not Started, >In Progress, > Completed

Yes, I admit, our process is a bit "loose"...

...but... works, it is simple, it is quick, it is easy, and it is sufficient.


Working software over comprehensive documentation.




-- Mark Kamoski


If you don't want to create custom workflow for Service Desk, and just want manually to change the status, you can try automation rules

  1. Open Project Settings > Automation
  2. Add Rule > Custom rule
  3. Name: Toggle Worfklow Status
  4. Conditions
    1. WHEN: Comment added
    2. IF Comment is internal & Comment contains Toggle Status & Issue Matches status = "Waiting for Support" THEN Transition issue Respond to Customer
    3. ELSE IF Comment is internal & Comment contains Toggle Status & Issue Matches status = "Waiting for Customer" THEN Transition issue Respond to Support
  5. Enable Rule: Yes
  6. Save


Now when you go write internal comment "Toggle Status" to ticket, the worfklow status changes from "Waiting for Support" to "Waiting for Customer" and vice versa

Nice one, that's thinking outside the box :) Or inside 5 boxes as this case may be.

Like Daniel_Embretsen likes this

Thank you Timo, loving this workaround.

You can change the status of an issue even if there is not a defined transition for it. It involves exporting the issue as a CSV, editing the CSV, and then re-importing it. See the steps below.

  • Run a JQL search like this "key=MYPROJECT-12345"
  • Export the issue as CSV (all fields).
  • Edit the CSV and change the Status (and if the status is a closed state you should change Resolution as well)
  • Go to System -> External System Import -> CSV
  • Import Issue Key, Summary, Resolution (if you are updating to a closed state), and Status and it should update the Resolution and Status on your issue. It will leave the other fields the way they are.

Jira server has no option to export to CSV.

Davin Studer Community Leader Mar 27, 2019

After you do a JQL search you should see it under the export menu.


Thanks! I was looking in the issue itself.

Like Davin Studer likes this

I cann't map Status ans Issue key

is there any solutions?


Hi Amanda, you are referring to the standard ootb workflow. A jira administrator can create an own custom workflow for you with transitions, automation rules & status based on your requirements. BR! Dennis

Hi Luciano,

Thank you for getting back with me.  I didn't have the option to manually change the status when I selected 'Respond to customer' the status automatically changed.  Do you happen to have a screenshot of where I can select the status options?  For example, I would like to change the status to 'Requires Additional Resource' but when I select 'Respond to customer' I do not have any additional options to choose from.


Hello Amanda,

Another thing I would like to note is that all JIRA status can only be changed to another status via "transitions". When you are in an issue, you will only see the buttons for the transitions that are available from that status. For example, the "Respond to customer" was a transition that  moved the issue from its previous status to its current status of "waiting for support". If you do not see any more transition buttons in this status, this is because the current workflow you have set does not have any transitions out of this status.  

Let us know if you have more questions on this!


Instead of writing about it, I thought it might make sense to show it. Please take a look at this video.


I asked a jira rep to help and he did it for me, nice!

Damn, that means I don't get to see the solution :(

When using workflows is there a way to set the status of an issue from the issue view without going through each step?

e.g. work flow is 1,2,3,4,5 is there a way to go from 1 to 5 without having to set 1 to 2, then 2 to 3 etc..

You have to ad a transition from status 1 to status 5 to achieve this or use simplified workflows where you can change from every status to every other status. 

The idea of transitions is to control from which status you can change to another status. 

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