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Custom Field description location

Hello I added a custom field to a project with a description, however I want it so that the description appears above the entry field is this possible on Jira Data Center?

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Radek Dostál
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Sep 23, 2022

Not without your own css/javascript, Jira only has a single location for field descriptions.


However, if in 'General configuration' you have 'Enable HTML in field descriptions and list item values' turned on, then you would be able to open up the create/edit form and tinker around with the DOM a bit until you find a way to reposition the field description where you want it.

I've done some similar things to this before so I know you'd be able to do it, but I don't have any code for this specifically and you would need to keep it maintained in the future because Atlassian sometimes do update the interface, even if it does not seem apparent.

I wouldn't go down this road though, it really is a slippery slope.

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Florian Bonniec
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Sep 22, 2022 • edited

Hi @Jack Konyan 


Yes, you can set a description in the Field Configuration associate with the issue type and project you are working on.

In the FIeld Configuration associate with your issue type and project find the field you want to add the description on, then edit and you will be able to set a description.


If you have no field configuration associate with it, it should take the default one configured in the Customfield configuration part but as you are explaining you set one and it do not appear so I guess there is a Field Configuration that is use. 


It can be not clear for lot of people but it's related to this request:


Updating the description of the field from the  Field Configuration description will works but not the description of the field itself in the custom field page.



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