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Can We Get Quick Issue Editing in Issue List Views?

Its great being able to list all the issues so we can go over them in team meatings. Very often we want to just quickly change something like an issue's priority. However it seems we have to display the issue, enter edit "mode", change, save and then return to our search list. This is a bit cumbersome and it would be great if we could just click a cell in the view and do an edit on that piece of data there and then, without losing context or the flow of our team meeting.

Is there a way to do this? A plugin perhaps?

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I'm not aware of a plugin which does that - I never searched for it though and it may well be that one exists.

But if that's not the case you could at least raise a feature request at https://jira.atlassian.com/secure/Dashboard.jspa

Thanks for that. I'll put together a more detailed proposal and do just that.

Hi Daniel We have a same requirement now. Have you managed to find some plugin to take care of inline edit requirement. Please do share if you have any idea. There is a Structure plugin which provides inline edit feature but we cannot use is as it is not compatible with JDC. Regards Shradha

Hi guys,

Add-on JExcel works like the Issue Navigator but it allows you to in-line edit everything.

It totally woks like Excel in JIRA. And it is completely free.

Feel free to try it:
https://marketplace.atlassian.com/plugins/com.moresimp.jexcel

Hope it helps you.

Regards, Mark

This is not for the cloud version of JIRA, correct?

Now that JIRA 5.1 allows this sort of functionality on the issue page it would be reasonable to expect this for those fields in the issue lists.

For those that haven't experienced it, you can hover over fields in the issue page and an edit button appears. Click it. Edit the field. Press enter or select from a menu. Your done and still looking at the issue page.

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There's nothing to stop you asking (and I'm sure it's already a request somewhere, but it's not one I've got bookmarked).

There are some structural issues against it though.

1. When you're working in the issue navigator, you're actually only seeing the index data. I don't know if that's much of an issue, but it could be.

2. Committing a change is quite a chunky piece of work, I susepct that might stop inline editing being fast enough. You certainly wouldn't be able to do rapid edit/enter/edit/enter cycles through a page (like working in a spreadsheet)

3. The issue navigator shows just the data. If you want to be able to do inline editing, you're going to need to check every cell that the users *might* want to edit to see what type it is and then retreive any data you need to handle inline editing. With potentially thousands of cells on screen, you could end up with a lot of performance issues.

Hi Nic,

some thoughts on your points:

1. When you're working in the issue navigator, you're actually only seeing the index data. I don't know if that's much of an issue, but it could be.

Not really, as long as you have the primary key information for the issue.

2. Committing a change is quite a chunky piece of work, I susepct that might stop inline editing being fast enough. You certainly wouldn't be able to do rapid edit/enter/edit/enter cycles through a page (like working in a spreadsheet)

I'd suggest using some ajax methodology. For example if you click on the priority then you get a popup menu of the current defined priority list (set in the script header for the page you are viewing at download time). A selection then sends an http request to set a new priority for the identified issue and the icon is updated on the page. I don't think performance would be much of an issue as most of the delays would be human thinking and hand eye coordination time.

3. The issue navigator shows just the data. If you want to be able to do inline editing, you're going to need to check every cell that the users *might* want to edit to see what type it is and then retreive any data you need to handle inline editing. With potentially thousands of cells on screen, you could end up with a lot of performance issues.

Each cell would have an onClick() function for the field type with the issue Id, that's all. Editing would then be an on the fly widget built by javascript.

I'm sure its doable. There would need to be a receiving service to take the update based on issue Id and field Id with verification of login, data validation and persistence update. All of that must already exist for the issue edit screen, it would just require some refactoring.

I found lots of issues relating to this. i followed a chain of "duplicates" links to this issue: https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/JRA-818

Its worth seeing some of the issues this is duplicated by, they have a lot to say. The issue only has 41 votes but it would probably have more if anyone who voted on the other issues brought them forward.

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