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With the help of an import zone, you can add issues from your Jira in bulk. Instead of dragging them one by one or pasting links to Jira issues individually, import all the tasks you’re working on with a couple of clicks. 

NOTE: This feature is only available on the Pro plan.

Adding an import zone

  1. Open your board and go to Power tools.

  2. Click on Import zone.

  3. Draw a rectangle on the board to create your import zone.

NOTE: If you haven’t already, the system will ask you to authorize the connection to Jira to pull issues into the board. Once it’s done, you’ll be able to configure the zone and apply custom settings.

Configuring an import zone

After drawing the rectangle, a configuration window will show up. There you can define the search criteria for the issues you want to import.

  1. Select the Jira site from which the issues should be pulled (not needed when working in Whiteboards for Jira).

  2. Write the JQL filter query by which your issues should be found (or use the compass icon on the left to use standard filters). The query won’t be autocompleted, so write it in full.

  3. Choose the limit of issues that will be imported to the board (this defines the maximum number of issues the import zone will add, even if there are more that match the JQL query). 

  4. Select if you want the issues in the import zone to be ordered randomly, horizontally, or vertically

  5. Click Save.

  6. Press Refresh on the menu above the import zone. 

Your issues will be added to the board within the import zone in the order you selected. You can now place them anywhere you want. 

NOTE: Issues already on the board will be skipped, but you can select them from the notification that shows up.

Using an import zone

Once the zone is configured, your issues will be added to the board as soon as you hit Refresh. You can then use them in issue tables or anywhere on the board to visualize the tasks ahead of you and your team. 

At the top of the import zone, you will see a preview of the JQL query and import limit set during configuration.

After selecting the import zone, you can: 

  • Click the cog icon to change the zone configuration and search for other issues,

  • Use the refresh icon to pull new issues that match your search query (keep in mind the import limit you’ve set when configuring the zone),

  • Adjust the font size of the added issues and preview text in the dropdown (it’s by default set to auto-adjust the font size based on the import zone area),

  • Add a comment for your team members,

  • Keep the element locked in place so it can’t be moved until it’s unlocked (also works with a shortcut CTRL/CMD + L).

Other editing options are available after clicking on the ellipsis. They include: 

  • Copy — copy this element to the clipboard (you can use the shortcut CTRL/CMD + C),

  • Duplicate — create a duplicate on the board, next to the original element (achieve the same effect by pressing CTRL/CMD + D),

  • Cut — remove the element from the board and copy it to the clipboard at the same time (CTRL/CMD + X will trigger the same behavior),

  • Bring to front — move it to the front of other layers on the board (use CTRL/CMD + ] to do it from the keyboard),

  • Send to back — send it to the bottom of the layers on the board (use the shortcut CTRL/CMD + [ to do the same),

  • Remove — delete the element (you can also select the element and press DEL/backspace button on the keyboard),

Advanced:

  • Set sticky — when scrolling, the element will stay within the viewport so it’s always accessible from wherever you are on the board,

  • Disable shadow — remove the visual shadow underneath the element.

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