# Managing sheets

# Creating and deleting sheets

In every Project in Jira there is at least one Sheet, which by default shows all Issues of the Project. You can change this Sheet and you can create as many more Sheets as you like. Sheets are used for all sorts of purposes, such as project, portfolio, and asset management, roadmap prioritisation, backlog maintenance, sprint planning, requests triage, task tracking, managing time sheets, etc. Whatever it is you do in Jira today, you might be able to do it quicker in a Sheet. Depending on the use case you will want to set up multiple Sheets with different sheet scopes, table columns, sorting etc.

# Creating new sheets

To create a new Sheet, open the Sheets menu by clicking on the Sheets button at the upper left corner of any existing Sheet, and choose Create sheet.

Alternatively, open the More overflow menu at the top right of any existing Sheet, choose Create.

More menu

# Copying sheets

You can create a new Sheet by duplicating an existing one. Open the More overflow menu at the top right of the Sheet you would like to copy, and choose Copy.

In the dialog that appears, choose the Project where you would like the new Sheet to be located in. v2.5.1

In the next step, you’ll probably want to enter a new title for the new Sheet. Save it by clicking the Save button at the top right.

# Creating sheets from a filter

Stay tuned

This feature is not released yet.

# Deleting sheets

To delete a Sheet, open the More overflow menu at the top right of the Sheet you would like to delete and choose Delete.

# Sharing sheets

To invite others to work in a Sheet with you, click the Share sheet icon at the top right of the Sheet you would like to share. In the dialog that opens click Copy link, then paste the copied address into a message and send it to your recipients.

If you'd like to share a link to the Sheet in a particular state of features and view preferences, consider (creating and) choosing a View in the menu at the top of the dialog.

# Editing sheets

Sheets, like Boards and Queues, are named entities that can be edited, i.e. configured. To edit a Sheet (as opposed to the Issues inside the Sheet), click the Edit sheet icon at the top right of the Sheet you would like to change. Once you’re in the sheet editing view, you can change its title, scope, and table columns:

# Sheet title

Editing sheets

You need to edit a Sheet for this (click Edit sheet icon at the top right of a Sheet).

Change a Sheet’s title by clicking on the title field at the upper left corner of the page, and entering a new title. Click the Save button at the top right to commit your changes.

# Sheet scope

Editing sheets

You need to edit a Sheet for this (click Edit sheet icon at the top right of a Sheet).

Change a Sheet’s scope by clicking on the JQL (Jira Query Language (opens new window)) composer bar above the table, and editing or entering a new query statement. To see the changes reflected in the table below, click the Apply button or press ⌘ Cmd ↲ Enter (macOS) or ^ Ctrl ↲ Enter (Windows, Linux, etc.) while in the composer bar.

Edit scope

No worries if you are inexperienced with JQL, as the JQL composer bar offers educational hints and a powerful auto-complete suggestions experience that guides you to your desired scope in no time. Click the Save button at the top right to commit your changes.

# Adding columns

Editing sheets

You need to edit a Sheet for this (click Edit sheet icon at the top right of a Sheet).

To add a column to the table of a Sheet, hover with the cursor over the position in the table where you want to create the column (i.e. over a column border), and click the line or the Add icon that appears above the table. In the Add column dialog that appears next, choose from Jira system Fields, your own Custom fields should you have any (feature coming soon), and further issue-related data, to add as a column to your table. Click the Save button at the top right to commit your changes.

Add column

Keep in mind

While you can add any column to any Sheet in JXL, many table cells will only be available and editable for individual Issue types if you have configured Jira accordingly. You need to have the appropriate Field added to the Issue type’s Screen in your Jira settings, specifically to the Edit operation Screen, or in absence of that to the Default Screen (Manage issue screens (opens new window)). The Field must also not be hidden in Field configurations. In Team-managed projects in Jira Cloud, the Field has to be added to the Issue type in Project settings (Customize an issue type's fields (opens new window)).

# Removing columns

Editing sheets

You need to edit a Sheet for this (click Edit sheet icon at the top right of a Sheet).

To remove a column from the table of a Sheet, hover with the cursor over the relevant column, and click the Remove icon that appears above the table. Click the Save button at the top right to commit your changes.

# Re-arranging columns

Editing sheets

You need to edit a Sheet for this (click Edit sheet icon at the top right of a Sheet).

To re-arrange the order of columns in the table of a Sheet, click the handle bar above the relevant column header cell, drag it horizontally to the desired new position, and drop it there. Click the Save button at the top right to commit your changes.

Rearrange column

# Renaming columns v1.2.5

To rename a column heading in the table of a Sheet, hover with the cursor over the header of the desired column, a More column preferences icon appears. Click it, choose Rename column, and in the dialog that opens type in your new column heading. Click the Save button to commit your changes.

Alternatively, edit a sheet (click the Edit sheet icon at the top right of a Sheet), hover with the cursor over the header of the desired column, an Edit column icon appears. Click it and in the dialog that opens type in your new column heading. Apply the change and click the Save button at the top right to commit your changes.

Edit column

# Choosing column display format

For some Field types you can choose between different Display formats. To do so, hover with the cursor over the header of the desired column, a More column preferences icon appears. Click it, choose Edit display format, and in the dialog that opens choose a Display format. Click the Save button to commit your changes.

Alternatively, edit a sheet (click the Edit sheet icon at the top right of a Sheet), hover with the cursor over the header of the desired column, an Edit column icon appears. Click it and in the dialog that opens choose a Display format. Apply the change and click the Save button at the top right to commit your changes.

# Date and time format

Date and datetime Fields' values are formatted according to each individual User's locale preference in Jira. Unfortunately, Atlassian has tied the locale to the language preference, so the only way to affect this is by setting your Language.

In Jira Cloud, this personal setting can be found here in the Account preferences (opens new window) of the Atlassian account profile.

In Jira Data Center and Server, this personal setting can be found by clicking on your user avatar User profile in the Jira navigation header bar, choosing Profile, and scrolling down to Preferences.

Not all locales' formats are supported. For the ones not currently supported, JXL falls back to English (US).

Stay tuned

We are working on making it possible to set date and datetime Fields' format for all Users to the format globally configured in the System section of Jira settings.

# Making columns read-only v1.3.0

To make cells of a column (that normally would be editable) read-only in a Sheet, edit it by clicking the Edit sheet icon at the top right of the Sheet, and hover with the cursor over the header of the desired column, an Edit column icon appears. Click it and in the dialog that opens activate the Read-only column switch. Apply the change and click the Save button at the top right to commit your changes.

# Exporting sheets

To export a Sheet to a XLSX, CSV or TSV file, open the More overflow menu at the upper right corner of the Sheet, and choose Export. In the dialog that opens, select a file format and click the Export button.

Export sheet

You can activate the Ignore view preferences and features checkbox in the dialog to ensure all Issues in the sheet scope will be exported (disregarding potentially currently active column filtering and sheet search), in the original sort order of the sheet scope (disregarding potentially currently active column sorting).

# Adapting sheets v1.2.1

You can use any Sheet as a master Sheet to open it with an adapted scope and title using URL parameters. This is helpful for example when you need to integrate Sheets into processes with dynamically changing Issue scopes and when you need to programmatically open these Sheets.

{SHEET-URL}?jql={ADAPTED-JQL-QUERY}&title={ADAPTED-TITLE}

Replace {SHEET-URL} with the URL of the Sheet you would like to use as the master Sheet for the adapted Sheet. Any ordinary Sheet can be used as a master Sheet and you can create various Sheets with different table column layouts for that purpose.

Replace {ADAPTED-JQL-QUERY} with a JQL statement (Jira Query Language (opens new window)) and, optionally, {ADAPTED-TITLE} with a title for your adapted Sheet. Both parameters need to be URL-encoded (percent-encoded). Example:

{SHEET-URL}?jql=project%20%3D%20"ABC"&title=My%20adapted%20sheet
Updated: 27 Jan 2023