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This is my first time using the Issue Tracker template in (O365) SharePoint. Other issue-tracking systems typically have some kind of shorthand where you can write #123 or MYPROJ-123 in the body of an issue, and create a link that takes the reader to another issue in the same repository.

More advanced trackers typically have a button to click to insert such a link, or real-time parsing so that typing "#" shows a typeahead-search dropdown listing matching issues.

I don't expect such advanced functionality out of SharePoint, but it would be nice to be able to refer from one issue to another without having to find the first issue, copy a link to it, then paste that into the second issue. Is there any kind of shorthand I could use?

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Try below suggestions which might work for you:

Option 1: Create a new lookup column in "modern" issue tracker list which will get the information from same list. Using lookup column, you can select the related issues from same list.

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Option 2: You can use classic experience "Issue Tracking" template which will allow you to select the "Related Issues":

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  • Thanks, I'm looking into option 1 now. For option 2, how do I switch to "classic experience"? I created the tracker by just picking "New -> List" from the site home page, where I saw the Issue Tracker template. Is "classic" a different template?
    – Coderer
    Aug 1 at 14:00
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    Yes, classic template is different. Follow my answer given on this post for searching & creating a new list with classic "Issue Tracking" template. Which site template are you using, communication or team site? Aug 1 at 14:28
  • I'm just a user, so I'm not really sure how to answer about the site template. It has /teams/ in the URL and is linked to a Teams group, so maybe "team site"?
    – Coderer
    Aug 1 at 15:43
  • Ok, if you are using team site, you should be able to create classic issue tracker list as well. Aug 1 at 15:56

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