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Having a large number of custom fields can make viewing, searching, and creating issues slower. By reducing the number of custom fields on your site, you’ll make Jira faster and more responsive. Here are different ways to reduce the number of custom fields.
Delete unused custom fields
You must be a Jira admin to delete custom fields.
To delete an unused custom field:
Go to Settings () > Issues.
Under Fields, select Custom fields.
Find custom fields that you don’t need. The Screens and contexts and Projects columns show you where a field is used, and the Last used column shows the last time the field was updated.
For every unused custom field, select ··· > Move to trash.
To restore a custom field, go to the Trashed tab.
Limit your dropdown options
Too many options on custom fields of the Select list (single choice) and Select list (multiple choices) type can also slow down creating, editing, and viewing issues.
Tip: Combine custom fields with similar options
If you have custom fields with a similar option list, combining them into a single field can help you delete more unnecessary fields.
Advanced: Replace dropdowns with text fields
If it suits your field, you can change the Select list field to a text field and document the possible values somewhere. To do this, create a custom field and run the Python script below. This Python script uses this Jira REST API specification.
Tip: Use a workflow validator with the text field
Add a workflow validator to check that your text field is an acceptable value. Learn more about configuring workflow validators.
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