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Hide Closed Epics from backlog view

I currently have a good number of Epic stories that have been closed, but they still show up on the left side of my backlog list. Is there a way to remove or hide epics that are closed?

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Found the answer by exploring the UI:


Even if the Epic issue is "DONE", it will show up in the Epics panel. To mark as done and remove from Epics panel in Backlog, you have to go to the Epic and there's a dropdown next to the name of the Epic to "Mark as Done":



This was really helpful. Thank you!

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Hey all
Additionally, you can set up post functions on the transitions to ensure that the "epic status" and the "status" are both set to "done". This prevents future epics to remain in your backlog. :-)

Furthermore: Don't forget to also set post functions for re-opening your epic so that the "epic status" also gets set back to "to do". If you forget this step the epics will not be visible in your backlog. 


I recommend to declutter your backlog manually with the help of Blair's recommendation or you make a bulk change to filter for all epics that have a status "done"/"Rejected" but still the "epic status" = "To do"/"In Progress".

  • This JQL query could look like this: project = "Your project name" and type = Epic and Team = TEAMNAME AND "Epic Status" in ("To Do","In Progress") and status in (Done, Rejected, Closed) 
  • Then apply a bulk change to set the "Epic status" to "done" => backlog tidied up!


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Aug 24, 2017

@Adam Paeth

Yes you can do this by selecting the option "Mark as done" that will set the Epic Status to Done.

Remember that is not the Issue Status.


We've implemented advanced epic pane filtering.

Have a look at the discussion here:



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Feb 03, 2023

This is no longer a valid answer - there is no dropdown arrow to "mark as done" anymoreimage.png

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This is so dumb "if you set your epic status to done, it's not really done, you have to go somewhere else to to mark it as done"


Jira is the worst. 

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Mikael Sandberg
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Aug 16, 2017

If you have admin permissions on the board you can change the filter query being used to exclude issues that are closed.

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May 03, 2021

This was my "workaorund" for some time, but then I realized that by excluding 'completed' stories, these stories were also being excluded from the reports.

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I came across this as another way to solve this, using an automation rule. Works great so far.

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