Duplicate a column in Boards

Hello,
How do I copy or duplicate an entire column (with all the tasks i created)? Basically, all the columns are months, and only the column name will change and the due dates obviously, but i wish to keep all the same tasks. I want to avoid having to copy tasks one by one into the 12 columns i will be creating…
thanks!

One trick would be to add those months to another project called “2017” (then they belong to two projects) and then duplicate the project into “2018” and add the 2018 tasks to the original project. Does it make sense?

Hi @Pascale_Ouimet! To add to what @Bastien_Siebman already said, you could also create a template (https://asana.com/guide/help/projects/templates) and create a copy from your template every year. Ths way you would only need to add due dates. If you’re not Premium, templates won’t be available to you but you could create a “Template” project and create a copy (https://asana.com/guide/help/projects/actions#gl-copy-project) of this “Template project” every year. Let us know if you have any questions! :slight_smile:

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Yes that makes perfect sense. I guess it’s not as ideal as simply duplicating a column per say but it’s easier then copying each task for every column.
Thank you!

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I also would love this feature. I think it’s crazy that it’s not possible. Seems such a simple feature to me! Asana is amazing in so many respects but then to have certain extremely simple features like this missing is just madness!

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I would also really love this feature. I am a video series producer, and I want to create identical columns for each episode that have the same tasks (just different due dates). It would really be helpful to have all the columns in the same project so that I can see a whole season in one view.

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Hello,

I use the non premium version and I was wondering if there was a way to copy a entire column. I know I can copy a task and drag it over to the column but when setting up each group under my project I would like to copy the master column and task instead of doing it task by task. Thanks!

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I thought there might be a way to do this with Advanced Search and the new “Search by Column” feature and then multi-selecting all tasks in the results. It turns out if you select more than one task, you don’t get the “Copy” choice.

It would seem one-by-one is the only way unless someone else can think of a different way.

You coud multi-home the tasks of the column in a common project. Then duplicate the project. And move the tasks to a new column… :sweat_smile:

Bastien
Asana Certified Pro, consultant, author and developer

HI guys! We already have a thread on this topic in the #productfeedback category, so I have gone ahead and merged this thread with it; feel free to hit the “vote” button on this main thread to add your vote to this feature request!

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Yes, this is proving to be a pain. Seems like it should be there. I have 15 columns that are identical, and the only solution is to assign someone 15 projects? Really? U-G-L-Y

To add to this thread - this type of functionality becomes especially important/needed when projects aren’t as long term as the ones @Pascale_Ouimet mentioned. With several projects a month, I need to figure out how to copy a column structure within a same board many times over every week, without resorting to the dreadful task-by-task copying. Why not, at the very least enable a ‘Copy Column’ function at the top of a column, or allow for the multi-select (Ctrl+Click) option to allow for this?

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I want to duplicate an entire column in the board view. A search of this forum just shows 4 queries on this and then it was closed without any answer as far as I can tell. How can this not be a feature or is it only in certain premium version of the product? I know we pay for Asana but not sure which version. Thanks.

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Hi @Stephan_Doyle, welcome to the Community Forum! :clap:

This is a great question, we already have a tread on this topic. I have merged this post with How do I copy or duplicate a column Here you will find more information and helpful workarounds.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions.

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HI there.

I use Asana on the Business plan.

It seems a bit crazy that there is no way to duplicate a column.

I run a web design company and use board view to manage retainers with clients.
I have columns, like April, May, June, etc. Each month has the same number of tasks that get repeated. But now I have to manually duplicate each task and place in the future columns instead of being able to duplicate a column.

I also don’t see the point of being able to multi select tasks, but not able to copy paste them in board view the same way you can in task view…

Please let us duplicate columns or copy paste tasks in board view!

Hi @Felix_Norton, thanks for sharing this detailed feedback! It is really important to us to understand your Asana needs and use cases like this. We do track all your feedback in order to improve the product.

Please let me know if you have any questions, I’ll be happy to help!

Hi @Emily_Roman

Thats great to hear. Do you have any idea of whether or not this is a feature in development?

It appears to be a commonly asked question, so wondering if there is a team working on it?

Kind regards
Felix

Hi @Felix_Norton, we don’t have any immediate changes for this planned in the near term, but our team is always monitoring all feedback in order to improve the product. We’ll keep this post updated if we have any updates!

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions :wink:

I am not able to figure out what you suggested here. Please help

Still not able to figure this out. Please help