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Board layout

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

Linear app showing the board layout

Configure

You can toggle on board layout with the keyboard shortcut Cmd/Ctrl B. Alternatively, you can switch between board or list layout using the board and list icons next to Display options.

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

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

T to toggle the collapse or expansion of a swimlane

Basics

Feature parity

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

  • Board views and List view can not be ordered independently. If a List view is ordered by priority for example, Board view will also.
  • Board views to default to grouping by Status but you can click into Display options and Grouping to group by Focus, Status, Project, Priority, Cycle, Label, Label group, or SLA status (if applicable).
  • When grouping by status, board views are always ordered with statuses from first to last, whereas some list views have unique ordering for statuses.
  • You can hide columns in board views but in list views, you can only temporarily hide the equivalent column/grouping option by using filters. You can then make a custom view if you'd like these filters to be permanent.
  • Selection limitations (see below)

Hide columns

Hide columns 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 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 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.

Navigating columns

Board views with multiple columns can be scrolled horizontally by holding Shift and scrolling vertically, or using horizontal scroll if your device supports it (like on a trackpad or Magic Mouse).

Alternatively, click and pull an empty space in the board to scroll horizontally.

Swimlanes

Board views have the option to display an extra dimension for visualising your projects or issues in lanes or rows on a board view, commonly known as swimlanes in project management.

Swimlanes are especially useful for a high-level overview of the company's progress or resource allocation. You can sort by columns, group those columns and lay them out as rows for your chosen dimension such as teams, cycles, assignee, lead, roadmap or project health to name a few.

These lanes can be collapsed or expanded for further visual clarity.

Linear interface showing a board view of projects
Linear interface showing a board view of projects
Swimlanes showing projects grouped by status and target dates.

T to toggle the collapse or expansion of a swimlane/row

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