How can I create headings in subtasks?

I used to just end the heading text with a colon “:” and it would automatically create a heading in either projects or subtasks. This doesn’t appear to work anymore after the change to use the new button to create headings in projects. The button works great at the project level, but not at the subtask level. How can I create headings in my subtasks going forward?

Hi Adam,

The way to create a section within subtasks is now to use the Tab+N keyboard combination. See:


what about ios?


Since Tab+N doesn’t create a subtask heading unless the subtask area is focused, it should at least delete the first empty subtask when a heading is created.

This is very frustrating for me. Why would you get rid of the : short cut?

That saved me time, and also allowed me to easily cut and past Asana projects from meeting notes, by adding : for the headers.

Now I have to go in and do that manually for no discernible reason. Asana needs more functionality, not less.


I totally agree with this comment!


Agreed, this is one of the asinine changes I’ve ever seen a piece of software take. The end-of-line-colon method was super intuitive, and great when you stumble across it. Nobody is going to stumble across a keyboard shortcut like Tab+N.

Bizzare step backwards


On top of that, people coming from todo apps like Todoist are used to creating headings this way. I get offering the option to use a keybind, but can’t that be in addition the colon method?

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I also want the colon back. I can’t remember that shortcut, and as I try to fumble my way through various version of [key] + N to find the right shortcut, I keep opening new tabs, new incognito windows, entering symbols, etc. I never, ever can remember that it’s TAB+N. I know the colon can be frustrating when you want to actually insert a colon and instead it auto creates a section, but it was WAY easier and less frustration overall than this TAB+N “shortcut.”


I’d like to know this as well since an iPad is my primary home device right now. Would really be helpful to be able to do this.

Been using Asana for 5+ years…gave this “tab + n” shortcut a chance for the past few months. It is honestly terrible and should be removed.

“tab” is not an acceptable modifier key!

Here are 3 better suggestions:



I agree. This is terrible. I can never remember what the shortcut is and have to constantly search for this article which keeps fuelling my anger at how stupid this update is.

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