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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 and then take the action or simply move the cursor or selection over the issue to focus on it. Select multiple issues at a time to take actions in bulk. 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

In list views, use  /  or J / K to move the focus up or down.

In board views, use  /  or J / K to move the focus up or down columns (workflow statuses) and / to move between columns.

Cmd/Ctrl  /  will move you to the top or bottom of any issue or view.

To select a single issue, press Shift and click your mouse at the same time. This works similar to Finder in macOs. Alternatively, scroll the list or board with  / keys and press X. In list views, 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).

To select multiple nonconsecutive issues, simply continue using X, Cmd/Ctrl Shift or Shift 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. On boards, you can only select issues within a single column (workflow status). Lists do not have this limitation.

You can also 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.

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

To move an issue to the top of a column, use the shortcut Option/Alt Shift Up and the bottom Option/Alt Shift Down . To move up a single increment use Option/Alt Up and to move down hit Option/Alt Down.

You don't need to select an issue to take an action on it if you're just updating a single issue. As long as you're focused on the issue (e.g. cursor is hovered over it or you've used the  /  or J / K buttons to navigate to it), any shortcut will work to update the issue. Use Enter or O to open a single issue in the issue detail view or E to open it in edit mode.

Once you select an issue or issues, you can take any action using the command menu (Cmd/Ctrl K), keyboard shortcut (? to view all) or contextual menu (right-click).

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.

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

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