- Create/edit a filter query;
- Set columns to display in query results;
- Save the filter.
Result: column preferences aren't saved, and the displayed result gets back to default column settings. Columns need to be edited again.
Save the column configuration as well as the query.
Columns can be edited after the filter is saved. Note, though, that JIRA won't recognize modifying the columns as a change to the filter, and will keep on displaying the Save As button. You'd need to make and revert a dummy change in the query too in order to have the button change to Save and store the changes made to the columns.