Introducing our new Spreadsheet-Inspired List View!


Let the question about the new task view.

To open the right sidebar (task details), I should to click on details.

But when I add a new task, I can’t immediately go to details. Is there any hotkey?

It’s not convenient when you add a task and you can’t immediately go into the details.

Same thing with the date. If I press the usual Tab + D, the cursor hovers over the date column. But the date picker (calendar) is not displayed, those I have to click and select the date with the mouse.

Tab-Enter is the hotkey to open the task details pane.

You should be able to press Enter after pressing Tab-D to open the date picker. However, at that point I haven’t found a way to select the date without using the mouse.

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Tab-Enter is the hotkey to open the task details pane.

Thank you for the answer! That’s what I was looking for.

@Phil_Seeman I think the only way to input the due date without touching your mouse is to edit dd/mm/yyyy with your keyboard; the date picker can only be used with the mouse at the moment.

@Zhan_Mukataev, FYI you can also close the task details pane using the ESC key! :slight_smile:


@Zhan_Mukataev - in my experience as soon as I click inside a task in the ‘task name’ column it opens the detailed pane (you don’t actually have to click where it says details if it is a task already created)- then once that is open, if I don’t deliberately close that view, it remains that way for any other task I click on or if I create a new task, so I guess the solution is to create and open one task then leave it open.

An alternative to this is to use the + button in the righthand corner of the banner - choose task and add all the detail you want.

How do I delete sections with out deleting all my completed tasks? Before we could delete sections easily, but now have to choose between deleting all associated tasks or manually moving those tasks to a new section.

A common workflow at our company involves organizing tasks into 2-week blocks which each get their own section. Once all the tasks are completed and a 2-week block is finished, we’d like to continue simply deleting the old section (which no-longer contains any incompleted tasks).


We have the exact same topic as JTB. The high-level planning (sprint planning, roadmap planning) was relying on sections. We would add new ones (e.g., 2020 Q2) and close the ones in the past or when all tasks in a section are completed.

Since board/list switch has been released (a feature that is great, btw), we wonder how to re-organize our processes. That was, btw, also the reason why we never used the board view for this projects before … it was not possible to hide/close columns with task in it.

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Hi Marie

I’m really not a fan of the new list view, and clearly there are many others here that also don’t like it. Asana asked for 1:1 feedback, which I happily provided in detail, but one suggestion above all that I’d like to repeat here is simply to make this new List View an option as well as the current view which I far prefer. There already are other optional views, and since there are so many people who are really unhappy about this new view, why not make this new list view an option as well?

Have a great weekend.



This new extra test box in each row sucks. Before, IIRC, I could click anywhere on the whole row and start editing the caption. Another detail (not related to the grid view): Adding section used to work with the colon, why did you remove this? Now there’s a keyboard shortcut, but it always add captions at the bottom, not the current row. Find that annoying


I’m clearly an outlier as well, but I’m quite excited by the new grid format…it works very nicely for our type of projects. I was as surprised as everyone by the roll-out, and understand the associated concerns. Having an opt-in, opt-out choice seems an easy solution. I like Tanner’s suggestions 1 and 2, and share the concerns about Sections. Being able to format custom fields to a greater degree ( like Excel, ie, Currency, number, etc. ) would also be helpful. I’m hopeful this is part of bigger and better things from Asana.

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Really, really don’t like this new format.

  • Much, much too wide. There’s a reason most websites’ containers are 1400px~ or similar. There’s a massive disconnect between what’s on the left in the task name and what’s in the fields on the right. Like, it’s genuinely awful.
  • Clicking on a section does, well, what now? Before it highlighted and selected it, allowing for me to then press Enter to make a task within that section
  • … speaking of, how on earth am I supposed to make a task within a section?
  • What happened to the ability to make a section from within the task list? Tab+N (an unintuitive shortcut, btw) is not the same as the ease of the previous #Section Name method.
  • The other colleagues who’ve had this rolled out to them have been really confused about the immense amount of white space.

So have this update for about a week.

Now I predominantly work out of My Task view. So project List View is not something I predominantly work in.

Yes I prefer it over the previous, I feel like I have more control over what I see, tags, custom fields, projects etc.

Really like the Sub Tasks detail this has been really beneficial for My Meetings task I now know easily how many actions are associated. I also feel that I can now create Subtasks off an action Task without feeling like I am going to lose or forget something with assigning it to me and putting a date on it.

Yes this has changed my workflow both bad and good. Just need to work through it and make it work best for me.

Looking forward to seeing the next stages of this as Asana develops and reacts to not only their users feedback but also internally as they use Asana to run their growing and successful company.

Jason …

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@Jason_Woods, did you mean to post this in Introducing our new Spreadsheet-Inspired List View! - #138 by Ruth_Newnham ?

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@JTB, @Patrick14,
Previously you were able to mark sections complete, which would automatically hide them if your view was set to incomplete tasks only; this is slightly different from deleting Sections. We’re currently working on roll out new Sections that are collapsable, while this won’t fully resolved the issue, it should help reducing visual nuisance. If you haven’t yet, I would also recommend adding your vote to this thread Archive a Section in a Project - #6 by Clare_Freeman as it could be another option to adapt your workflows!


@Chris_Koboldt and @Michael_Schmitz, you may be interested in my #productfeedback suggestion: Customize the new List View for all projects at once

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Can we resize the task details with the new grid view? it’s taking up half the screen & I’d prefer it to be a little bit narrower, so i can see some of the grid fields while I scroll.
I attempted to hover over the space in between, but it doesn’t seem to let me move the window.


Not at the moment @Susan_Shevelenko, but I would encourage you to post a new thread in the #productfeedback category to support this feature request!

What I didn’t like in the old view was that everything was clipped because of how narrow the columns were. It was hard to see multiple tags and multiple projects and custom fields with longer names. BUT the overall design was much cleaner, faster, and easier to use.

I generally like grid views but this one isn’t working for me. Too hard to track from left to right and not enough ability to move and resize. I end up putting Asana in it’s window and resizing the window to bring the columns closer to the tasks. To be more functional, I’d like to have the columns sit right beside the task name with unused white space to the right; more flexibility in column resizing; resizing of the task pane or at least have it be smaller or resize dynamically

Alternatively, get rid of the grid view and just have everything stack up against the task name. I’d prefer this view because it keeps things tight. Here’s a screen shot of a competitor I used for years b/f switching to Asana that shows an example of this. You can see everything and strikes a balance between compact and uncluttered (note the subtasks inline and sections and tasks are all collapsible. hint hint).


Can you say why Tags were not included in the default view? We have hundreds of projects in the works and going into each project and turning on the tags is not practical. Why not include tags in the default view??