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Adding default text to a predefined JIRA field


I have found the following steps to be the fastest way to default text to a predefined field.  This has mainly been used with Bugs but I am sure it is extendible to other issue types. The functions referenced are from the Jira Settings - Issues page:


  • Create a custom field and default the text
    • Create Custom Field
      • Select a field type - Paragraph
      • Name and Description
    • Use the newly created fields "Contexts and default value" to add the default text you want to appear in the predefined field
      • You do not need to associate the field with a context - use the default or a screen


  • Identify the "Software Simplified Workflow" that is used by the Jira project then copy and modify it
    • Workflows
      • List all the workflows used by Jira projects and identify the one that is used for your project 
        • Click Copy
          • Name the new workflow and use the diagram editor to view the workflow
          • Click on the "Create" transition, click the post function link, and add a post function
            • Use the "Copy Value From Other Field" function
            • Source - new custom field
              • It might not appear in the list so start typing it and it should show up as a selectable field
            • Destination - predefined Jira field
            • Add 
            • Move up the post function until it is the first in the list of actions
          • Publish the workflow if necessary





  • Add the newly created workflow to the Workflow Scheme for the project and associate it with the Bug Issue type
    • Workflow Schemes
      • List all workflow schemes and identify the one that is used for your project
        • Click Edit
          • Click Add Workflow and select the newly created workflow from the list of workflows
            • Click Next
            • Associate to Issue Type "Bug" and save
          • Publish the changes to activate the new workflow for the Bug Issue type on your project



I hope this helps.



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