CSV Import to existing Sections

In addition to the #productfeedback that is mentioned here:

I think it would be very helpful to be able to import data directly into existing Sections. Currently, tasks can only be mapped to Sections if the Sections are created within the same import file. If a task was imported within a Section that already exists, a duplicate Section is created upon the completion of the import. Much like mapping to existing Organization’s Custom Fields, it would be great if existing Sections were also acknowledged through the CSV import process.

One specific and widespread use case in our business is to stack tasks within Sections. Not having to relocate all tasks that get created under a duplicate Section would certainly make the import a much more seamless process.


Hi @LEGGO :wave: Thank you for sharing your feedback with us and for and explaining how this functionality would improve your workflow. I’m escalating your feedback to our Product Team and I’ll make sure to keep you posted in the Forum as soon as I have an update!

Have a great Friday Jerod!


Is there any way to use a CSV to update existing tasks?

Not at the moment @anon93753636 but I would encourage you to add your vote on the existing thread we have on this topic: Import to update existing tasks

Have a nice day Cristian and welcome to the Forum! :smiley:

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Can you offer the thread @Natalia?

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Thank you @LEGGO :smiley:

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I also would like to see this functionality included in the .csv import. I may work in an excel file myself where everything is organized, but if i make a change on 100 tasks, say I’d like to to have csv import give the choice to say “you’ve got tasks that will be overwritten” “Y/N”

What is the status on this? We need to import many 100s of tasks from a CSV into an existing project with sections. It would be very annoying if we had to manually move them after import and delete the newly created sections…


@Elco_Brouwer_von_Gon have you considered enabling a Rule temporarily to move new tasks to a specific section?

I hadn’t yet @LEGGO , but that’s a good suggestion, thanks.
I’m not so familiar with Rules, though. Is is possible to move tasks to specific sections based on, say, the content of a custom field?

Yep, @Elco_Brouwer_von_Gon! You sure can!

That’s great @LEGGO ! :slightly_smiling_face:
I don’t have experience with Asana Rules yet, though. Can you point me to some documentation or how-to’s?

Sure thing @Elco_Brouwer_von_Gon. You can learn about Rules within the Asana Guide.. Please note this is a Premium feature with additional benefits if you are part of a Business or Enterprise license.

Would be great if we could import tasks into an existing section without having the csv import duplicate the sections.

Also it we be amazing if we could sort sections by alphabetical order.

Hi @Monica_Rosencwaig , welcome to the Asana Community Forum and thanks for sharing your feedback with us! We already have a thread on this topic so I’ve gone ahead and merge your post with the main thread to consolidate feedback.

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Voted! I’d love to see the ability to import subtasks in bulk to existing tasks on an existing project (mapped by matching the task ID on a specificly named column on the CSV maybe?), it’ll be a game-changer for my team!

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Upping this again.

I have a team looking to move information they currently organize kanban style via csv. However, you can’t export that information with sections built in very easily making it difficult to use rules to help here. If we have to rebuild everything from scratch after importing and can’t update the spreadsheet without overwriting - there is no practical way to make this work for us which is unfortunate.

Is there any update on this? I desperately want the ability to import a csv into existing sections in my project. I’m regularly needing to create dozens of tasks at a time that would live in an already existing section. I do not want to have to drag each and every one of these uploaded tasks from the redundant section over to the already existing one. I’m hopeful this feature has been added by now? If not, does Asana have an ETA on adding this feature?


Any ETA on this feature?

Any update on this?