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How to create multi-line text field in next-gen project?

How to create multi-line text field in next-gen project?

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Yeah agree with the above, this is not really usable for us without multi-line text fields. 

I have created a new feature request for this. Please vote.

Any updates on this? Not having  the ability to create multiple line inputs, makes this type of projects 100%  useless :(

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Deleted user Nov 27, 2018

Hi @sukhbir.kalsi,


Currently, Jira offers styling for short text entry using a single line text box. As mentioned in the document below More text fields are coming soon.

only the below type of fields can be added to next-gen projects.

  • Checkbox fields

  • Date fields

  • Dropdown fields

  • Labels fields

  • Number fields

  • Text fields (Single Line Text fields)

  • Time fields

Please see the page Available custom fields for next-gen projects for your reference.

Please also see the page on  How to Customize an issue's fields in next-gen projects.



Vijay Ramamurthy

Any update? Pretty useless without this.

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Have to agree, can't do "Steps to reproduce" on a bug. Even just a shift return would be something. How is this still useless. 

Like Donny Harris likes this

Oh how I regret hitting "next gen project"

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I agree the usability on this is disgraceful, why would you ever limit a text field like this.  I spent 20 mins thinking it was me and not Atlassians poor UX!  The only reason I used next gen was due to being forced into it as I migrated from Trello.  I also regret this now, you need to fix this one quick smart!!!!

@Jo Wells I agree that these limited text field options make next-gen projects difficult to adopt. It's breaking our workflow too, and I'm switching back to classic so I can use Custom Fields. But shouting at the community, and the devs for that matter, will not make this feature get built faster.

@Evan Bovie Hardly shouting at the community or at anyone for that matter, just using my freedom of speech to voice my frustrations and trying to move this up the prioritisation list.  As a Delivery Manager myself I'm happy to hear all feed back and it is always good to see how annoying certain issues are to people so they can be prioritised correctly. I'm sure Atlassian must feel the same or they would not have an open community. 

Moving back to Classic. 

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The lack of the multi-line custom field and multi-line defaults is a real killer for NextGen.. Hopefully they are listening and adding more custom field types sooner rather than later. 

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Please Comrades,
make this happen

Hi, any update on this feature update? Really struggle to use the next-gen project to its full potential

+1 for this feature request

Sorry NextGen should be called OldGen without multi line field. Moving back to classic

Is there a voting mechanism to get multi-line text fields added quicker? 

This is the closest I found so far, you can vote on this

Any news on this?
We really need multi line text boxes.

@Mick Mightunfortunately that looks like a different issue :(


This is a big missing feature. It's surprising that we can't make new classic projects when next-gen is so far behind.

A workaround I use is to add "default text" to the Description fields in Feature settings. 

For example, I added this as a workaround until multi-line custom fields are available, then I would port the data over manually. A bit painful I know, but we gotta do what we gotta do.


Acceptance Criteria

ac1 - blah

ac2 - blah

Nice workaround; I appreciate the tip!

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