There isn't a way to do this. Obviously this is a personal preference thing but for many years there was a lot of pressure applied to deliver the drop down method because it becomes unwieldy to have 10's of buttons taking up real estate on boards. I am thrilled to have the new method personally but again it is a personal preference. Granted it would be nice if there was a setting to select your preference. You might check if there is a suggestion for this and if not create one.
My board just switched from drop-down to the row of links. I'm ambivalent about the design choice, but what *really* is not good is that the selected choices are not highlighted in some way. Once you select a quick filter(s), you have to remember what you chose, because there's no way to see which one is chose. This is *really bad* UX.
I'd be interested in hearing if this is still a problem for you. The update to remove the dropdown recently went out to all Cloud instances. Currently when using it, you should see some highlighting on the quick filters that are selected:
Let me know if you're seeing something else!
Daniel | Atlassian Support
This is from a while ago, but my comment above was actually an issue with my monitor settings. Literally 1 notch up or down on my screen contrast made the highlighting appear. I realized this was the case when I dragged the window from that monitor to my laptop screen, and the highlighting appeared.
So there's probably some kind of UX practice to ensure highlighting is always visible on even the worst screens, but I wouldn't expect it to be religiously followed. In this case a quick tweak of my settings resolved the issue.
I just released an Chrome extension that simply clicks on the quick filters dropdown so it´s always expanded: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/jira-always-show-quick-fi/cgiohdbbiljoommehjjnfnlmakhopbhg :)
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