This post is for people who use Redmine; others are welcome to stay for the ride if they wish.
I’m writing this post mainly so it will turn up in results when people do a web search to find out how to edit multiple issues at once in Redmine (e.g., search://redmine batch edit multiple issues/). I recently did that search, to no avail, and was stumped until someone gave me the answer in IRC.
It turns out the feature is there, a bit hard to find, and more powerful than I expected. Here’s the email I sent to my colleagues about it (lightly edited). I’m too lazy to even make screenshots, but the prose recipe should suffice:
From: Karl Fogel To: The Team Subject: Most incredible Redmine hint ever. Date: Wed, 02 Nov 2011 18:40:56 -0400 For those using the Redmine issue tracker: I don't normally like to spam lists with random UI hints, but in this case, there is a very powerful capability in Redmine that you probably won't spot unless someone tells you about it -- I myself just found it out from "_Mischa_The_Evil" in IRC [...]. You can batch-edit a set of issues simultaneously -- change statuses, assignees, whatever -- by selecting them from an issues list and then right-clicking in the selection (highlighted blue area). For example: * Go to http://developer.civiccommons.org/projects/mktplc/issues * Select some issues using their checkboxes (or, use top-of-column green checkmark to select all) * Put your mouse in the blue selected area. * Notice how your mouse pointer has a funny stacky-looking icon next to it suddenly. Those crazeeee Redmine developers! * Right-click, see the magical choices available to you now. * Weep for joy. My god, it's full of stars... As there is no hint in the page content that this latent ability is there, I thought I'd better just mail about it. -Karl
In a followup comment in IRC, after reading this post, _Mischa_The_Evil said:
kfogel: :), nice one… btw: you can also multi-select by clicking anywhere on the issueline (not in inside links) combined with browser-dependent key. Most are ctrl-leftclick. I remember Opera being alt-rightclick (at least in the past, i remember reading something about changing it not so long a ago).
One word, ‘Sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek’. I weeped for joy tooo. Redmine is just goood.
:-). Yes, I totally agree — I’m liking it more the more I use it.
Many thanks for taking the time to do this!
That’s just awesome. My billing time for screwing around with Redmine just dropped by a few hours.
hi, i am only able to do this for one item at a time. how do you get it working for multiple? i am using a mac if that makes a difference. thank you!
@macawm — heh, sorry about that :-).
@vlada — hmm, I don’t know why it’s not working in Safari. I don’t have access to Safari, or even to a Mac, so I can’t test it. If you find out the answer, though, please let me know.
Yay, that’s awesome!
Boo, that’s way too hidden!
Thanks a lot for posting this.
Thx – very helpfull !! I was near to start a plugin development just to change status 🙂
Hey, you’re welcome! That’s eaxctly why I wrote the post, so am very glad to hear it’s doing its job :-).
Woohoo… Yeehaw. I wept in joy and saw the stars, too. Perfect!
So many stars! This post just enlightened me, so please leave it up.
Don’t worry, Marc — not planning to take down this (or any other) post. I’m glad it was useful!
Many thanks for this post. You saved my day !
Hey, Gilles — thanks for letting me know!