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What is the best way to Move a Task or Story from one epic to another?

I am new to JIRA and started creating Stories, assuming I would be able to create a hierarchy of Feature -> Story -> Task.

But reading the board, i realise there is no distinction between Story and Task when it comes to hierarchy.

So now i want to setup my Features as Epics and then then create Stories and Sub tasks.

Need assistance in the best way to move existing Stories/Tasks to specific Epics

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Here's a step by step way:


  • Open the story you want to move to a new Epic and click on Edit
  • Scroll down in the edit mode until you see the field stating "Epic Link"
  • Change the Epic Link by searching for and selecting the new Epic you want the story to move to.
  • Click save/apply
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How do you get an issue into edit mode? I think maybe something's changed about Jira... I could not determine how to edit an issue in the "new" view. However if I changed to the "old" view and hovered over the epic I got the pencil to edit it. 

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Click on the Epic in the highlighted color will toggle into edit mode.

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The Jira documentation lists you some ways how you can link existing issues to epics. On a Scrum board, I personally drag most of the times simply the issues onto an epic in order to assign them.

Anybody have an answer for how to move a story in one epic to another? None of the above comments are an answer. I don't want to move it to a new project, and the document above has nothing about moving.

you just go to the story and change epic by clicking the edit button over the epic

But where we find the Edit button. 

Move to the specific Story or Task and simply add the Epic link you want to move.

I found a way to link them. 

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