Create New Task from text in Descriptions or Comments

I would love for it to be possible to create new tasks by highlighting and right-clicking text in a description or comment. When my team meets about a given task, we frequently put the meeting notes in the description field. When we generate a new action item, it would be great to avoid having to re-type the information we’ve just noted down.

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Hi @anon17117920

I just create subtasks within the note, then drag that subtask out to become a parent task.

  1. Create list items in description
  2. When there is a pause in the meeting, copy each list item into a subtask, assigned, and set a due date
  3. after the meeting I either a) multi-home that subby with a new project or drag it out to be a parent task.

Very easy and quick.

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Welcome @anon17117920!
I agree that this would be an excellent feature and added my vote. It’s already possible in the project brief so hopefully this is coming to other places. Until then I think @Getz_Pro’s suggestions are a good way to do the meeting notes.

Yes! Been researching Notion. Evernote, etc for something like this! The way it works for Asana Project Briefs are amost perfect, just needs a few changes:

  1. The capability to mark text and convert to ask, should be available in all editors, e.g. tasks descriptions, messages, etc.
  2. When creating a task from a brief/description/message/etc. the new task should include a reference link, straight back to the original source, i.e. like an anchor on the pag
  3. Asana really should create a notes feature for all projects, which worked like project briefs, but with the ability to create unlimited notes for a project
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I vouch for this feature and provide another use case:

I have tried using the description field sistematically to track what happened e.g. in tasks like “make a phone call to Tom asking about X”. This way, I could keep a history of what happened while executing the task, and it’s very convenient as the description field is included when printing a list so I could easily (through search) get a detailed weekly list of everything that happened with the comments, like a diary.
I think it would be a great feature to be able to create tasks directly from the note field. In the use case above, often there are follow up tasks like “send updated presentation” that would be convenient to keep in the description and also as a stand-alone task.

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I agree the simplest way it to be able to create a task inline right as you type in the Description, this would be great to be able to do in comments. Tools like Notion, ClickUp, etc. have this ability and there is nothing faster in terms of keyboard shortcuts or just general speed. Some of the solutions like the one suggested by @Getz_Pro are OK, but it’s a lot of keyboard activity and once you have seen the ability to just type and have the task create, going through other methods is just laborious and not efficient.

Thanks!

Definitely, would be a good feature to add in. I often get comments coming up from the factory with requests for engineering changes and I would love to be able to @mention the engineering tasks list to create a task linked to the comment.

Often in comments new ideas are born, so tasks to be created.

Need an easy way to convert a comment into a task.

Not just that, but with a prompt to check to: “Set current task as dependent of the new one

Thanks for sharing this with us @Juan_Diego, I love your idea; hopefully this is something we can implement in the near future :crossed_fingers:t3:

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Yes please!

You are right, often a question is asked in a comment and the response includes a task. Even without the dependency option, it would be a great feature. Perhaps using @ and ['s. So something like @Marie@[Put Create Task from Comment on the near-future implementation list please]. That would assign the task to Marie and I don’t have to write it here, copy and paste, and create a new subtask. Big time saving. Thanks for your consideration

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This would be exceedingly helpful.

Use case: I made some comments for our developer while QA testing. I was not sure if they were issues or not.

He’d like the ones that ARE issues turned into tasks. Since I can’t convert them, I have to manually make them, then copy and pasted, including the task it came from. This time there are five, which is tedious and risks error.

I’m in favor of this as well. We often use the Messages section of a project to keep meeting minutes and it would be fantastic if we could whip up quick tasks right w/in those minutes. I now Confluence/Jira supports this functionality!

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I would like to be able to Create a new task from a comment against a previous one. for example if one of my production guys on the shop floor suggest a change to a product they put a note against the job (Task) on Asana.

i want to be able to forward that comment as a new task on my “CAD Tasks” list for my engineering team to pick up. and have it linked back to the original comment.

I can do this by creating a new task and then copying the comment link and pasting it in the new task but that is quite long winded, and i feel like this would be a simple addition which would mean that i could complete this task with about 2 clicks instead of 10.

look forward to hearing from you on this.

Hey @Luke_McIntyre,

I agree and would love this feature too. I have merged your post into an existing feedback request thread. Your vote has been transferred over. There have been suggestions already on the other post to draw a dependency as you suggested.

18 month follow-up. Still using comments for meeting minutes on projects and still would love this feature. I even have a cool new idea for it. Being that asana functions very much like a wiki, it would be great if there was an “undefined task”, option that you could assign when creating a hyperlink. When the meeting is over and you have more time to detail the action items, you simply click the link, which creates a new task with the same title as the link, allows you to fill in all the details, assignees; days; projects; description; etc, and converts the link to that task.

Is there any progress on this? It’s 2024 now :wink:
Would still love to have this feature.

Actually, this was released a while ago!

Mark some text in the Description and a Subtasks icon appears in the toolbar:

Click that icon and the lines are added as subtasks and the text is replaced with vanity links to them:

Thanks,

Larry

PS to @Emily_Roman: Ok to move to :rocket: Features Launched?

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