Settings in Google Issue Tracker allow you to specify preferences like the notifications that are sent to you via e-mail, the homepage you see when you open Issue Tracker, how dates and times are formatted, and so on. To access your settings, click the Settings icon (the gear in the upper right-hand corner) and then select Settings.

The Settings screen is divided into two categories, General settings and Notifications settings.

General settings

Preferred homepage

You can choose a homepage, which is the page that is displayed by default when you open Issue Tracker. The default homepage is a list of issues that are both open and assigned to you. As an alternative, you can set your homepage to any hotlist, saved search or bookmark group that you can access.

You cannot directly set a homepage to the Starred By Me, CC'd to Me, Reported by Me, or To Be Verified links in the left-hand navigation. However, you can indirectly set one of these views as your homepage. To do so, click on the desired link and then create a saved search from the search results page. You can then set the saved search as your homepage.

Date and time formatting

You can also set how dates and times are displayed in Issue Tracker. These formatting preferences are applied to the display of timestamps in the Created and Last Modified, as well as in custom fields that store date and time data.

Date formats

Issue Tracker supports the following date formats:

  • Dec 31, 2015
  • 2015-12-31
  • 12/31/2015
  • 31-12-2015
  • 31.12.2015

Time formats

Issue Tracker supports the following time formats:

  • 01:00PM
  • 1:00PM
  • 13:00
  • 13:00:01

Time zone

Issue Tracker supports the following time zones:

  • Local time
  • UTC
  • America/Los_Angeles


You use the keyboard settings to enable or disable Issue Tracker's keyboard shortcuts. Keyboard shortcuts are also referred to as "hotkeys".

By default, hotkeys are enabled. To disable Issue Tracker keyboard shortcuts, toggle the Enable all hotkeys option.

For a list of all keyboard shortcuts, press ?.


You use the display settings to control how comments are displayed in Issue Tracker. There are two options:

  • Force comments to display as plain text
  • Force comments to display with code font

By default, these options are disabled. To enable one of the options, toggle it in the display settings.

Notifications settings

Issue Tracker can send notifications to you via e-mail when issues are created or updated to inform you of the change. These notifications depend on your role with respect to the issue and the notification level you have chosen.

If you have more than one role and the roles have different notification levels, Issue Tracker sends e-mail when the highest level is matched. For example, you can choose to receive e-mails when all issues that you have starred have changed but choose to receive only minimal e-mails where you are in the Verifier field of an issue. If a change is made to an issue you have starred and you are also the verifier, you receive all e-mail notifications for the issue.

Notification roles

Issue Tracker has the following notification roles:

Role Description
Assignee Your username is in the Assignee field of an issue
Reporter Your username is in the Reporter field of an issue
Verifier Your username is in the Verifier field of an issue
Collaborator Your username is in the Collaborators field of an issue
CC'd Your username is in the CC field of an issue
Starred You have starred the issue

Notification levels

You will always be notified when you are added or removed from an issue. For notifications about other changes, Issue Tracker has the following notification levels:

Level Description
All Updates You receive e-mail for closing, major, and minor edits
Major Updates You receive e-mail for closing and major edits only
Closure Only You receive e-mail for closing edits only
Minimal You receive e-mail if an issue is marked as fixed and you are the verifier

For information on what types of edits fall into the major and minor categories, see Issues.

Notifications for your own edits

By default, Issue Tracker doesn't send notifications for your edits unless you are also in a group that is in the CC list for the issue. You can change this default and receive e-mail for your edits by toggling the Exclude Edits Made By You option.

Group member notifications

You can add groups like Google groups or e-mail lists to an issue's CC field. Members of the group receive e-mail notifications if:

  • Their CC notification settings are configured to allow notifications
  • The user's subscription settings for the group are to set to Each email

Per-issue notification preferences

You can change your level of notifications on a particular issue by using the subscription menu.

Selecting a notification level in this menu overrides any role-based notification setting for the issue. This allows finer control over the amount of notifications you receive on a particular issue.

The notification preference selected in this menu is unaffected by any change to your role(s) on the issue. You can revert back to your role-based notifications at any time by selecting the Default option at the top of the menu.

This menu provides a None option that mutes notifications for the issue. Selecting this prevents you from receiving any email notifications for the issue.