I have a project that shares a category with another project. I am not able to add fields to either of the projects. (The project keys do not show up when searching the list.) Should I be updating the fields via category? If so how would I do that?
Category is irrelevant to project configuration.
Fields are not added to projects by searching lists, they are added by configuring the field context, and possibly the field configuration, so I'm a little bit lost on what you are doing to configure a field for a project?
Could you explain a bit more please?
The Category won't really matter - when you add a field to a project, you do so in a couple of ways.
1) Screens (there are 3 in a project, and can be more if you have per-issue type screens). So, if you add it to a view screen, it's different than the create and edit screens.
2) Field configuration - you can require and hide fields with this. It works with the other ways I describe here. You can also cause conflicts here by requiring it, but not displaying it in a screen.
3) Scope - if you have access to the custom field creator area, find the field you need and see if it has a limited scope (meaning the projects or issue type it's allowed to be used in, and whether the field will have values custom to a project). You can also use this method to see which screens (1) have the field in it.
note, this only applies to Company managed projects. You don't do this for Team Managed projects, those are limited to the project they were created in. You would just remake those fields in each project.
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