Change the order of the workflow steps

I'm trying to change the order of the workflow steps because I configured a "Two Dimensional Filter Statistics" widget but the "To Do" step is last but I want it to be the first to make more sense to see the report.

How could I do that?

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Mauro Badii Atlassian Team Mar 24, 2014

It looks like the Step ID sets the order. There was a feature request for sorting but it was closed.

In OnDemand I imagine you'll have to either recreated the first 3 steps or do the necessary changes to a fresh Workflow that will have the IDs in order.

Hope that helps.


This worked for me.  Found in Atlassian documentation:

Re-ordering statuses

You may want to change the order of statuses in JIRA in line with a particular workflow or to highlight key statuses. The order of statuses is reflected on screens (or parts of the screen) in JIRA, where issues are listed or grouped by status. These include the issues summary for a project, search results (when status is one of the columns), and a number of gadgets, like the Issue Statistics gadget (where the Statistic Type is 'Status').

  1. Navigate to the 'Statuses' page (described in the 'Defining a new status' section above).
  2. Use the up and down arrows in the Order column to re-order individual statuses.


Mauro, the Step ID is created in sequence as the custom step is created. There's no easy drag-and-drop method to edit them. There is a way in the system to go and re-order the step IDs as I'd talked to one of the support guys at an Atlassian Conference. Can you find out for us how this is done and where? Thank you.

Mauro Badii Atlassian Team Mar 25, 2014

Are you sure he was talking about OnDemand?

You can do it on your self hosted Jira by doing:

More detail:

But it is not posible to Import a Workflow on OnDemand so it won't work there.


Good point Mauro, he may not have been discussing AOD. Where can I open a feature request? This is something useful for JIRA guru's to tweak as the order of the step as you create them (which generates the Step ID) determines how (like the person's chart above) the Summary Status order is displayed on the project Issue page. Project Managers, developers, Business Analysts, Product Owners, QA etc want to see the story flow from top to bottom in the lifecycle where as now it jumps around.

Thank you Mauro

Mauro Badii Atlassian Team Mar 27, 2014

Hi Davin,

You can create a feature request at

Have a look first to see if there is something similar asked in the past as it would be best to add feedback to that but I didn't find any when doing a quick search.


I need help with the same issue... now that a year has passed, are there any other options?


Found one solution that works for Jira Cloud across all projects:
Re-ordering the status column

Go to: Admin > Issues > Statuses > [reorder the statuses]

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