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How to I add an existing story to an Epic without using the Agile board?

I have a project that is not an Agile project.  However, I want to be able to add existing stories to epics.  I can't seem to find a way to do this.  

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Check if you have the "epic link" field in the "edit" screen for the issue - that will let you name the epic you want the story to be part of from standard issue-edit operations.

Setting the "epic link" works not just for an issue's "edit" screen but also from the "create issue" form.

Like Sarah Mohr likes this


I can work out how to do this if I select 'old view' in the top right - then I find the edit button and add an epic. 

But how do I do it in the new view - where's the edit button / add epic there?


I'll also try Ann's suggestion.



Same problem here... it seems new view works different

Like eirens likes this

I was also able to do this by selecting and dragging the Story over to the EPIC on the left, creating that relationship. (JIRA v7.3.8)

I started a new project and I don't have the same controls and can't find the Epics on the left. Is there a way to make them appear?



Are you talking about on the Backlog board? If so, EPICS is written on its side on the left hand side under VERSIONS below the search box. If you click on it the Epics list pops out again.

If this isn't what you meant, sorry!



In the new design you can add an existing issue to epic by clicking the "three dots" icon that appears when you hover over an issue "tile" on your board, it will show you additional options, among which you can find "add/change epic".

There are no less than 3 "3-dot" icons in my UI - none of which have the option to "add/change epic"


The first -  is at the backlog level and includes options for the board, or creating a new board

Screen Shot 2018-10-15 at 13.09.46.jpg


The second - is at the item level (where I expected to find it) and includes options to add flags, log work, attach checklists, move, clone, etc.

Screen Shot 2018-10-15 at 13.09.54.jpg


The last - is displayed just below the item summary and only includes the option "Temp"

Screen Shot 2018-10-15 at 13.10.10.jpg

I'll fully admit that I'm a Jira noob - I've used other backlog/story management systems and find Jira a little frustrating and non-sensical at times.


  1. I found the awesome by selecting the specific story I wanted to attach from the backlog.
  2. Clicking on the story ID to open it own window 
  3. Click on the end button 
  4. Scrolling to the pop-up window down to the "Epic Link" pull down menu
  5. Entering the epic ID


The "Epic Link" is in the side-by-side details view but it's hidden under "show more" and a scroll to the bottom of the page.

Screen Shot 2018-10-15 at 13.30.02.jpgScreen Shot 2018-10-15 at 13.30.09.jpg



I'm all for progressive disclosure or hiding advanced options unless they are needed - but attaching a Story to an Epic seems fundamental.

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Here is the "three dot" button you've to click : 
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It took me 20 minutes to figure out how to do this.  I don't understand why it's not just part of the "Linked Issues" interface. 

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Is atlassian going to do anything about this. Would be great to assing issue when creating to an epic. 

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Go to Backlog Page

click the "..." icon

select "Add Epic"

Open the Jira.

Click the Edit icon in top left that has a little pencil icon, just below the Jira title

This opens a new floating window

Edit issue: 

- scroll down and you'll see Epic Link just below the assignee

This works in the "old" ticket detail view, but there is no "Edit" (with pencil) button in the "new" ticket view, as of today, 4 February 2020, in Jira Software Cloud.

Like Jr_Man likes this

Brilliant, I found it :)

Didn't even notice the field there.  Works perfectly.  Thank you.

Dragging and dropping issues into epics inside the Backlog View works fine. But I would appreciate a more straightforward way of doing this in when you edit issue. The link to epic/change to epic functionality is not there.

I added previously created issues to a newly created epic by  - 

1. Open Backlog

2. Filter all the issues to be added

3. Drag one issue on the Epic in the left hand side Epic Window.

4. You will be able to see a green dashed highlight on the epic. Drop the Issue there.


Issue will be added to that Epic. 

Muchas gracias!!!!!!!! Ya estaba por eliminar issues.

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