Board layout

Most views in Linear can be shown in board layout in addition to list view.

Configure

As long as a board layout is available on the view, you can toggle it on with the keyboard shortcut Cmd/Ctrl B. Alternatively, open View Options to select the board layout. If the option doesn't show up in View options, it's not available for that view. G then D will take you to your team's board view of active issues.

Cmd/Ctrl B to switch to board layout (or back to list)

G then D to go to a team's board view

X to select one issue

Shift X or or Shift Click to select multiple issues

Option/Alt Shift Up or Down to move a selected issue to the top or bottom of the column

Basics

Feature parity

Functionality and keyboard shortcuts are almost exactly the same on board and list views with a few exceptions.

  • Board views support manual ordering only. You cannot order issues within a column in any other way.
  • Board views are always ordered with statuses from first to last, whereas some list views have unique ordering for groups of issues.
  • You can hide columns (statuses) in board views, whereas you can only temporarily hide statuses on list views with Filters (unless you make a custom view).
  • Selection limitations (see below)

Hide columns

Hide columns (or workflow statuses) you don't need by selecting Hide from the column menu (three dots). Hidden columns will show up as the last column on your board. Drag issues into hidden columns without having to unhide them.

Select issues

The same shortcuts work to select issues in the board view, such as X to select specific issues and Shift X or Shift Click to select multiple. Unlike in list views, you cannot select multiple issues at once across different columns in the board view, only issues within the same column.

Move to top or bottom

Dragging issues up or down long columns can be cumbersome, so you can use keyboard shortcuts instead. Option/Alt Shift Up will move issues to the top of a column whereas Option/Alt Shift Down will move it to the bottom. By default, when you move issues to a new column (status) on a board, it will go to the top if you make the change with the keyboard shortcut S or command menu and to wherever you placed it if you used the mouse.

Preview: Grouping options

When creating custom views, you can try our Linear Preview feature that allows you to use the any of the following groupings in the board view: group by status, assignee, priority, project, cycle, and team. Ordering is manual by default on these views (and all board views). To enable the feature, admins can open the command menu with Cmd/Ctrl K and then search preview.

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