Working efficiently in Jira depends on you being able to find the things you use most, and quickly resume work. We heard from you that the existing navigation experience can make it difficult to find the quickest path back to what you were working on.

Based on your feedback, we’ve created an improved navigation experience that always appears at the top of the screen, with clearly labeled buttons and menus to help you search, create, and resume your work.

When can you expect these changes

We’re not rushing into this, and we don’t want you to feel rushed either. We’ve heard loud and clear that too much change at once can be disruptive. We’ll start to roll out the new navigation in early 2020 and gather feedback as we go. When our improved navigation is made available for your site, each user can choose to turn it on or keep the existing navigation until we’re confident the new experience is ready to be turned on for everyone permanently. This process will likely take around three months.

We'll notify you before we completely remove the old navigation. Until that time, each user can switch back and forth between the old and new navigation by clicking on their avatar.

If you’re a site admin, you’ll receive emails about the changes with more details and a timeline prior to the rollout. Also, look out for in-product notifications that will help you and your team understand when these changes will occur and guide you through using the new experience.

For more, take a look at the frequently asked questions.

Improved navigation

Going back to a horizontal navigation bar gives more space for clear labels and allows for quick access to the projects, filters, and dashboards you use most. It also makes it clearer where you need to go to search and create issues. After testing the new navigation experience with a group of early users, over 95% of them preferred the new navigation to the existing experience.

look at the new navigation experience

  1. Product switcher - Switch to other Atlassian cloud products, like Bitbucket and Confluence, and go to recent projects.

  2. Jira logo and product name

  3. Your work - Get an overview of the things you care most about in Jira. Find issues, projects, boards, and queues you’ve visited, work assigned to you, and your starred items.

  4. Projects, Filters, and Dashboards - Quickly find and resume work on the things you use most. You starred items appear at the top of each menu, followed by your recently visited items.

  5. People – See the people and teams you work with, and create new teams.
  6. Apps – See and manage apps installed on your Jira site.

  7. Create - Create issues (or press c on your keyboard).

  8. Search - Find issues, projects, boards, queues, filters and people (or press / on your keyboard).

  9. Notifications, help, Jira settings, and your profile and settings - See what's happening in Jira, get help, and customize Jira’s settings (Jira admins only) and your personal settings.

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To reorder your starred items in navigation menus, go to Your work > Starred.

Project sidebar

The project sidebar remains the same, just with a little extra width for your boards, issues, queues, and other content.

Frequently asked questions

For everyone

When will my site receive the new navigation?

We'll start rolling out the new navigation in the first quarter of 2020, and we expect the rollout to take around 3 months. We'll send an email to your site admin before your site is selected for rollout, and notify you in Jira when our improved navigation is coming soon.

How do I toggle on/off the new navigation?

When it's available for your site, you can individually toggle between the new and old navigation experiences by clicking your user avatar > Turn off the new navigation or Try the new navigation.

Where are Boards? Why don't they appear in the top navigation?

We don’t plan to add boards to the main navigation bar in Jira Cloud. The main reason for this is to clarify the relationship between projects and boards. We create issues in a project, and boards are one of several ways to view those issues, along with the backlog, queues, and the issue navigator. From this perspective, it makes sense to navigate to a project that shows the various ways you can view and work on issues, including boards. Boards can show issues from multiple projects, but the vast majority show issues from a single project.

How do I get to my boards if they don't appear in the top navigation?

The quickest way from anywhere in Jira is by clicking the search field (or pressing / on your keyboard). You’ll see recent boards, projects, and filters in the bottom half of the search panel. We also recommend starring boards so you can quickly find them by going to Your work > Starred. When you’re in a project, you can also use the board switcher in the sidebar. Click the board name and choose a board or type in its name.

Will the new (horizontal) navigation completely replace the old (vertical) navigation at some point?

Yes, but not straight away. And while we’re in the process of rolling out the new navigation, you’re free to switch back and forth between the two. Once we’ve fully rolled out the new navigation, we’ll begin the process of removing the old navigation, but we’ll let you know before we remove it. We strongly believe our improved navigation will make it easier to use Jira Cloud. The clear labels; quick access to projects, filters, and dashboards; and fewer clicks to move between screens are just a few of the reasons why we think it’ll make navigation easier.

For site admins

I need more time to communicate this change to my teams. Can I be excluded from the initial rollout?

Yes. If you'd like to be temporarily exempt from the rollout, contact our Support team. Note that this exclusion is temporary. Once the rollout is nearing completion, we'll notify you and prompt your users to switch over to the new navigation.

I've signed up for the Early Access Program. Will all my users get the new navigation by default?

The new navigation will be off by default for all users. Once it's available for your site, each user can turn it on in their own time.