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Configuring Closure Rules in Desk365

Author: Anand Raju

When it comes to managing customer enquiries and issues, a well-organized helpdesk system is crucial. One important aspect of managing a helpdesk is closure rules.

Closure rules are a set of guidelines that helpdesk agents follow when closing a ticket. These rules ensure that tickets are resolved in a timely and efficient manner, and that customers receive the support they need.

In this help center article, we’ll delve into the concept of closure rules, how to set them up within Desk365, and the advantages they can bring to your business.

What are Closure Rules?

The closure rules play a crucial role in guiding the agents by imposing specific conditions that must be met before a ticket is marked as resolved or closed. These rules help you to maintain the quality of customer support by ensuring that all necessary tasks have been completed prior to closing or resolving a ticket.

By adding closure rules, you have the ability to set up conditions that allow for the closure or resolution of a ticket solely when specific criteria are fulfilled. These criteria include:

  • The addition of a Time Entry
  • Completion of all Tasks-To-Do
  • At least one reply being added
  • The inclusion of at least one note
  • Filling specific ticket fields, and even
  • Filling specific custom ticket fields.

How to activate Closure Rules in the Agent Portal?

To activate Closure Rules, follow the steps below:

1. Navigate to Settings > Productivity > Closure Rules tab.

2. Choose the conditions required to close or resolve tickets. You can enable the checkboxes for the conditions that are required.

configuring closure rules conditions in desk365

3. You can also add additional conditions. Click on ‘Add another Condition’ and choose the condition you want to add.

For example, adding ‘Resolving Reason is filled’ as a condition to be completed before closing a ticket.

adding additional closure rules

4. Click on ‘Save’ to see the working of Closure Rules.

Custom Fields in Closure Rules

Desk365 offers additional conditions that can be added to the closure rules. In addition to configuring conditions using the default ticket fields, you also have the option to define conditions using custom fields that you have specifically designed to align with the unique requirements of your helpdesk.

To do that, you need to add the required condition as a Ticket Field, and also ensure it’s added to the list of Visible Ticket Properties panel of the Ticket Details page.

Adding Custom Fields in Closure Rules

For example, suppose you intend to include the custom field ‘Resolving Reason’ before a ticket is closed or resolved. This can be accomplished in the following way:

1. Go to Settings > Admin > Ticket Fields in the Agent Portal.

2. Add ‘Resolving Reason’ as a ticket field as shown in the screenshot below: 

adding resolving reason as a custom field

3. Click on ‘Save’ to save the Ticket Field. 

4. Now navigate to Tickets > All Tickets and click on any of the tickets to access the Ticket Details Page. Click on the ‘Edit’ button in the Ticket Properties menu as shown in the screenshot below.

clicking on the edit button in ticket properties menu

5. Under select ticket fields click on Available fields > Resolving Reason, it will get added under Displayed fields.

adding resolving reason to be displayed under available fields

6. Click ‘Save’ to include the ‘Resolving Reason’ field in the Ticket Properties Panel.

Note: The closure rules will be followed only when the ticket fields are visible in the Ticket Properties panel of the Ticket Details page.

7. The ticket field ‘Resolving Reason’ will now be included in the Additional Conditions section within the Closure Rules.

Closure Rules for Groups

Using Desk365, you can now assign closure rules specifically to a particular group.

To achieve this, you need to make the ticket properties visible only to specific groups on the ticket details page. Therefore, closure rules are only applicable to the group for which the ticket properties are visible.

For instance, if you wish to have the IT Support team fill out the ticket’s category and subcategory, and the Sales team to complete a custom field you’ve created called ‘Resolving Reason’ before closing the ticket, you can achieve this through a few simple steps outlined below:

1. Begin by creating the necessary ticket fields.

2. Navigate to Tickets > All Tickets and select a ticket to access its Ticket Details Page.

3. Click on ‘Edit’ in the Ticket Properties Panel.

4. Configure the visibility of ticket properties for a specific group, as demonstrated below:

selecting ticket fields under ticket properties

5. Save your changes.

6. You can now activate the closure rules by adding those ticket properties to be filled as a condition.

adding closure rules for groups

Since the closure rules are applicable exclusively to the visible ticket properties, they will only impact the group for which the ticket properties are enabled.

How Closure Rules work in Desk365?

In Agent Portal:

When you attempt to update the ticket status to ‘closed’ or ‘resolved’ in the Tickets List page without fulfilling all the required conditions, a popup will appear, as shown below:

unable to close ticket in the agent portal

Likewise, if you attempt to change the ticket status to ‘Closed’ or ‘Resolved’ under the Ticket Properties section on the Ticket Details Page without fulfilling all the necessary conditions, a popup will emerge, as shown below:

unable to close ticket in the ticket details page

In Desk365 Teams Agent Bot:

The closure rules also apply when you attempt to update the ticket status in the Ticket Properties within the Desk365 Teams Agent Bot on Microsoft Teams.

1. Navigate to the Agent Bot in Microsoft Teams.

2. Click on ‘My Tickets’ or ‘Unassigned Tickets’ button.

welcome message in the agent bot

3. Choose any ticket to view the details card for that ticket.

4. Select ‘Update Properties’, then choose ‘Status’, and pick either ‘Closed’ or ‘Resolved’, finally, click ‘Save’.

ticket details card for a ticket

5. Now the card appears as shown below: 

unable to close ticket in agent bot

Similarly, we have incorporated closure rules for those utilizing the Desk365 API, as well as within the Desk365 Power Automate Connector.


The closure rules won’t be effective in the situations outlined below:

  • Whenever a ticket is merged with another ticket, the merged ticket will be marked as closed.
  • When importing tickets that are already closed or resolved, the usual rules for closure will not be applied to those particular tickets.
  • Automation rules that are designed to close or resolve tickets do not follow the regular closure rules.

Closure rules aid agents in enhancing their efficiency and ensuring the completion of all tasks prior to closing or resolving a ticket. This functionality enforces particular fields and simplifies the process of monitoring issue progress, thereby facilitating faster resolution of subsequent tickets sharing similar problems.

Require additional assistance? Please reach out to us at help@desk365.io

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