Due date shortcuts

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#1

Occasionally, one of my colleagues will see me adding a due date by typing one of the recognised shortcuts, and they’ll say, “Wow! I didn’t know you could do that!”

So, just in case there are any others who don’t know them, here are some non-case-sensitive shortcuts for typing due dates:

  • Typing a weekday will assign the task to the next one - Mon, Tues, Wed, etc.
  • You can also assign to the previous weekday (for retrospective start dates, perhaps) - last Mon, last Tues, etc.
  • You can use Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
  • You can directly type the due date, using Month → Day; so, Dec 13, will assign the task to Dec 13 this year, and Dec 13 2019 will assign it to the same day next year, and so on.

I use this all the time in combination with the shortcut for assigning a task to myself. So, once I’ve created a task, with the title and description, I can type:

  • Tab+M (assigns it to me)
  • Tab+D (opens due date)
  • Today+Enter (marks it as due today)
  • Tab+Y (moves the task to the Today section in My Tasks)

No clicks required. :+1:


Due Today Keyboard Shortcut in Project
#2

@Mark_Hudson, These are great–thanks! I just tried next week, next month, and next year and they all work too!

@Marie, are these official? Are they documented anywhere? I couldn’t find them.

Thanks,

Larry Berger
Asana2Go & Asana Certified Pro consultant at Trilogi


#3

@Mark_Hudson. Thanks for sharing keep forgetting about all the shortcuts…


#4

Thanks for sharing this tips with the Forum @Mark_Hudson :+1:t3:

@lpb, yes they are official shortcuts! To get the full list of shortcuts, simply click on the “?” at the top right corner of your screen and select “Keyboards shortcuts”

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Hope this helps! Have all a good Thursday!


#5

Thanks, Larry. I didn’t know about next week, month and year! No matter how much I think I know about Asana, there’s always another surprise.


#6

Except! For some reason none of this applied when assigning a date for a subtask.

So you’ll likely end up, like me, navigating all over the place or editing your subtask or something before your eyes catch up to your muscle memory.


#7

@Marie, Thanks, but I wasn’t very clear–I meant to ask specifically about the strings that Mark found could be typed into date fields:

I was wondering if those things were official, permanent, documented (along with the ones I found); and what else is lurking there?!

@lee good point; it only seems to work where there’s an actual text input field to type in, including Due Date and Start Date.

Thanks,

Larry


#8

I see @lpb, thanks for the clarification :slight_smile: I’ll check with the Team and come back to you as soon as I have more information!


#9

Thanks for pointing that out, @lee . I don’t use subtasks much, so I hadn’t realised.


#10

@lpb Just got the confirmation that these shortcuts are official; however, they are not listed in https://asana.com/guide/help/faq/shortcuts at the moment!


#11

Great to know, @Marie – thanks!


#12

I quite like discovering little secrets like this. :slight_smile:


#13

Thanks for this shortcutted shortcuts. Just a question not really belonging to this case - but a little bit. I have several project templates and all have tasks depending on the date the project is created or the projects due date? e.g. 5 days after creating the project “task x” should be due / 2 days before project due date “task y” should be due.


#14

Hi @Nicolas

Dynamic due dates aren’t possible at the moment, but I remember seeing a product feedback thread on this a while ago. Feel free to add your vote:


#15

In what field and are there any modifiers when starting these shortcuts? I’ve tried and none of these are working:

  • Typing a weekday will assign the task to the next one - Mon, Tues, Wed, etc.
  • You can also assign to the previous weekday (for retrospective start dates, perhaps) - last Mon, last Tues, etc.
  • You can use Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
  • You can directly type the due date, using Month → Day; so, Dec 13, will assign the task to Dec 13 this year, and Dec 13 2019 will assign it to the same day next year, and so on.

#16

Hi @Jared

These should all work in the normal Due Date field in a parent task:

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#17

Hi. Thanks for sharing this. That’s brilliant. I’ve been looking for keyboard shortcut to do this but I only got as far as Tab+D. I’ll be using these ‘no click’ date shortcut everyday from now on. Thanks. David


#18

Ahh okay - these don’t work in the quick-add which is how I primarily add things because I prefer the calendar view. I’ll remember to try them out when in a list or in the parent task. Thanks!