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How can I keep track of the tickets I'm watching in JIRA?

My employer uses JIRA with Atlassian to keep track of bugs and stories that need to be fixed, updated, or implemented. Some of them are very important (such as users of our product not being able to log in to their accounts), and many of them I have selected "watch this issue" on.

Unfortunately, I've not been able to locate a tab or page that shows me all the issues I'm watching, so even though I receive email notifications of the progress updates on these tickets, I still have to specifically search for them in the system in order to locate them and view the details.

Am I missing something?

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Steven Behnke Community Leader Feb 07, 2018

The query 'watcher = currentUser()' should get you the tickets you seek. :)

watcher = currentUser() did the trick! 

Thank you, @Steven Behnke !!!

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Thank you!

Usability is terrible...

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I'm brand new on Jira and definitely do not have any background in coding, so please forgive me. But, can you please explain further where to enter the query you listed? I tried using the search function and that did not return results, so I assume that entering a "query" is a more specific process? Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide. 

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@Steven Behnke I am in the same boat as @hanna.wenter

Where is the query function.  My company uses Jira to report issues.  As a PM I need to watch these issues to know when they are being released.  Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.  I looked at the documentation that @Brittany Wispell provided but it did not seem to provide the answer I needed.

Thanks in advance

Hi @hanna.wenter & @Shauna Bott 

What types of Jira instances are you using? examples: Atlassian Jira Cloud or Jira Server? 

What type of reporting are you looking for? @hanna.wenter 

What type of reporting do you need? @Shauna Bott 

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@Brittany Wispell I assume I am using Atlassian Jira Cloud as that is in the browser bar as

I am needing to see a list/report of the items that I am watching.  I have tagged each one as an item to watch but would like a list as I don't always remember the Jira number or title to do a search.

Thanks for your quick response

Hi @Shauna Bott Below I set it in step order with images. If anything needs clarification please let me know!


Step 1: Click on the Search icon(magnifying glass) Screen Shot 2019-08-28 at 8.04.38 AM.png



Step 2: The below will show up you'll want to click on the 'Advanced Search for Issues' option. Screen Shot 2019-08-28 at 8.04.46 AM.png



Step 3: You're now in the search for issues sectionScreen Shot 2019-08-28 at 8.05.06 AM.png



Step 4: Copy/Paste watcher = currentUser()Screen Shot 2019-08-28 at 8.05.26 AM.png



You can always switch back to a basic search to look for anything else that you are needing to report on. 

Switching to basic searchScreen Shot 2019-08-28 at 8.15.35 AM.png


Fields easily available Screen Shot 2019-08-28 at 8.15.44 AM.png



Searching available fields:Screen Shot 2019-08-28 at 8.16.01 AM.png

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@Brittany Wispell Thank you.  That is what I needed.

@Brittany Wispell That is exactly what I was looking for as well. Thank you very much, I really appreciate you taking the time to provide such a thorough answer!

You are both very welcome! That is what we are here for :) 

Have a great remainder of your week. 

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Steven Behnke Community Leader Oct 11, 2019

@Brittany Wispell thank you so much for adding detail

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Atlassian change this: Between steps 2 & 3 you have to click on "Switch to JQL"

Switch to JQL.png

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Like Steven said..the query can help you find those items and you can add a gadget to a dashboard. 

Here are some filtering documentation pages.

But what exactly does this query fetch you?
watcher = currentUser()

Does it fetch you the issues in which you tagged?

I figured it out! Thanks to both of your suggestions/tips, Steven and Brittany!

You've both been saviors. 

Monique vdB Community Manager Feb 07, 2018

@Kelsie Zika if you click the checkmarks next to their answers they will get credit for providing good solutions! Just a tip :) 

I wish I could like comments!

Awesome, thanks Monique! :) 

and yes, I second the motion for liking comments!

@Brittany Wispell we have that as a feature request! 

@Kevan Lin and @Tyler T ^^^ the users have spoken 😉

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Steven Behnke Community Leader Feb 07, 2018

Happy to help

Switch from basic search to Advanced Search to open a JQL query window and type the query:

key in watchedIssues()


Bulk change all your watched issues with the dropdown options by clicking the ... in the upper right corner of the page.

Worked for me to click first on "Switch to JQL" then pasting 'watcher = currentUser() ORDER BY created DESC'.

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