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Select issues

One of our powerful, time-saving features is the ability to take almost any action on issues while viewing them in a board or list. You can even update issues in bulk.

Linear app showing multiple issues selected


Select issues to then take actions using keyboard shortcuts, the command menu, or right-click to bring up the contextual menu.

To change one issue, you can select it or simply move the cursor or selection over the issue to focus on it. Select multiple issues at a time by clicking the checkbox next to each issue.

By default, no issue is selected when you open a board or list.

 /  or J / K to navigate board, list, or to next issue in issue view

Cmd/Ctrl  /  to move to top or bottom of view

X to select issue

After selecting issue, hold Shift and use  /  to highlight selection above or below hold Shift

Cmd/Ctrl A to select all issues in view

Esc to clear the selection

Enter or O to open selected issue (single issue only) and E to open in edit mode

Board only

/ to move between board columns

Option/Alt Shift Up to move issue to the top of the board column

Option/Alt Shift Down to move issue to the bottom of the board column


Select issues

Single issue

To select a single issue, hold Shift and click your mouse on the issue.

In list views:

  • Scroll the list with  /  keys and press X when the selection is on the issue.
  • You can also bring up a checkbox element by moving your cursor over the far left of any issue (near where the issue meets the sidebar).

Multiple issues

To select multiple nonconsecutive issues

  • Continue scrolling and press X, or
  • Ctrl/CMD Alt and click on additional issues.

To select multiple consecutive issues:

  • Hold down Shift after selecting the first issue, then use the  /  keys to increase the selected range one issue at a time.
  • Use filters to refine the issue list first, then use Cmd/Ctrl A to select all issues on a board or list.
Protip: Want to quickly know what an issue is about without opening it? Press Space to toggle Peek mode.

Clear selection

Press Esc will clear selected issues on your list or board.

Move to top, bottom or in increments

To move an issue or issues up or down the list:

  • Set the Display Options Grouping to "No grouping"
  • Set the Display Options Ordering to "Manual"
  • Select the issue(s) you want to move.
  • Use the shortcut Option/Alt Shift Up and the bottom Option/Alt Shift Down. Use Option/Alt Up and Option/Alt Down to move an issue/issues in increments.

Take actions

Single issues

Use the  /  or J / K buttons until the selection is focused on an issue. Once focused—any shortcut will work to update the issue.

  • Hit Enter to open an single issue.
  • Hit Option E to open an issue in edit mode (works if you focus on an issue by hovering the mouse).
  • Hit Cmd/Ctrl K to open the command menu (works if you focus on an issue by hovering the mouse).
  • Right-click to open the contextual menu (works if you focus on an issue by hovering the mouse).

Multiple issues

Once you select an issue or issues, you can

  • Hit Cmd/Ctrl K to open the command menu.
  • Right-click to open the contextual menu.

If the shortcut doesn't work or action doesn't show up on the contextual or command menus, it probably means that action cannot be taken on the selection. Try taking the action on one issue at a time or removing issues that are dissimilar.


Take actions

Use the keyboard or mouse from all lists, boards or issue views.

  • 🖱️ Right-click on an issue to bring up the contextual menu.
  • ⬛ Use Cmd/Ctrl K to open the command menu.
  • ⌨️ Press ? to view and search keyboard shortcuts.
Gif showing keyboard shortcut menu and updating an issue property

Update multiple issues

Select them with shortcuts or the mouse and then update the issue field like you would any issue. Common bulk actions will show up at the bottom.

  • Select all keyboard shortcut: To change issue priority so all issues without a priority were assigned no priority, I filtered to just no priority issues and then used Cmd/Ctrl A then P to update the priority.
  • Use mouse to select multiple issues: To move some issues from Todo to backlog, I selected them by hovering over them and individually marking the checkbox that popped up.
  • Use keyboard to select multiple issues and bulk action toolbar: There were too many, so I switched to pressing down Shift while moving the up/down buttons to select multiple issues. Then I clicked the bulk action at the bottom of the screen Move to backlog.
Gif showing how to edit Linear issues