Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Sign up Log in

Earn badges and make progress

You're on your way to the next level! Join the Kudos program to earn points and save your progress.

Deleted user Avatar
Deleted user

Level 1: Seed

25 / 150 points

Next: Root


1 badge earned


Participate in fun challenges

Challenges come and go, but your rewards stay with you. Do more to earn more!


Gift kudos to your peers

What goes around comes around! Share the love by gifting kudos to your peers.


Rise up in the ranks

Keep earning points to reach the top of the leaderboard. It resets every quarter so you always have a chance!


Come for the products,
stay for the community

The Atlassian Community can help you and your team get more value out of Atlassian products and practices.

Atlassian Community about banner
Community Members
Community Events
Community Groups

Can I change the status or assignee of multiple issues at once?

I have a huge number of issues assigned to me or that are complete or no longer mine, and I need to change the assignee or the completion status. At the moment I'm making these changes one by one, but would like to know if there is a way to do this in batches. thanks!

2 answers

2 votes
Mikael Sandberg Community Leader Jul 15, 2022

Hi @Liz Ralph,

Welcome to Atlassian Community!

Yes, you can use bulk change to do this. Just filter out the issues you want to change and then click on the three dot menu up in the right-hand corner and select Bulk change and follow the on screen instructions.

Hi @Liz Ralph -- Welcome to the Atlassian Community!

Yes, Mikael's answer:

What problem are you trying to solve by re-assigning completed issues?  Why not just ignore updating those ones, only re-assigning the others?

What problem are you trying to solve by changing the completion status of a large number of issues?  Is the work somehow "no longer completed"?

Thanks, and kind regards,

Like # people like this

Hi Bill,


A great question and I'm sorry that I have taken 3 months to see your reply!

We had a change in personnel, where one person left and her role was split into 2 - so she had her name against hundreds of issues, and we want to transfer these issues to the 2 new team members. 

I hope this helps!



Thanks, Liz!

I can understand the situation, and can see how re-assignment could cause unintended consequences...not just for reporting/history. 

For example, let's say you are tracking down a decision/problem from an item completed in the past...and you wonder, "hey, that's assigned to Bill so let's talk to him..."  Bill says, "I dunno...never heard of that..." which leads to probing the history and wondering why.  Compare that to not re-assigning, where you see the item was previously assigned to "person-no-longer-on-the-team", and so the team swarms to figure the challenge out.

Perhaps instead of assignee, there is some role/area of responsibility which is common for the issues previously managed by a person.  Using labels, components, custom fields, etc. to mark the issues could help find them later without changing the history.

Kind regards,

Hi @Liz Ralph

welcome to the community!

Just to add to Mikael's answer, if you would prefer a more "interactive" editing experience, you could also try JXL for Jira.

JXL is a full-fledged spreadsheet/table view for your issues that allows viewing and inline-editing all your issue fields. You can either inline-edit your values individually, or in bulk, using copy/paste - just like in Excel or Google Sheets.

This is how it looks in action:


(Note that JXL can do much more than that: From quick sorting and filtering, to inline issue creation, to issue hierarchies and groupings, aggregations and sum-ups. Disclaimer: I work on JXL :)

Hope this helps,



Suggest an answer

Log in or Sign up to answer
Site Admin

Atlassian Community Events