Introducing our new Spreadsheet-Inspired List View!

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??


My account still doesn’t have this feature. Do you have an ETA when everyone will have this?

Thank you.

is it possible to enter a task name, assignee, tag and due date in list view without touching the mouse?

It doesnt seem possible which is putting quite a bit of friction for me when entering tasks. Im pretty sure i used to be able to do this?? It seems like the side panel needs to be open to do this? I would prefer not to open the side panel when entering a lot of tasks in quickly.

am i doing something wrong?


Thanks @Marie for pointing me out to this announcement. I can see how I missed it last month. I particularly do not like this table / spreadsheet inspired view. I think Asana’s design is unique and user friendly away from the norms of excel. Going back to such view takes away that feel of the platform.
On another note, I like how the task view can appear and hide after work on it is done. Just wanted to share my feedback.


i also wanted to note that the right hand side panel comes over quite a bit further in list view than if you are viewing a saved report. It would be good if it was consistent. In list view, the side panel looks to be too far toward the middle of the screen.


I’ll spare you my opinion on the update which appears the be the same as everyone else however my question is why are you no longer able to enter notes for a header?

Are we able to opt-out of this? I don’t remember opting in but our staff are finding the new List View frustrating. The Details pane used to open automatically when creating a new task, and now it doesn’t. So there’s extra clicks involved, and we’re finding orphaned tasks being half created then lost. For example, if you add a due date, the new task jumps from the bottom of the list (where it had no due date) up to wherever that new due date falls in the list, and you need to hunt or search to find it again to finish filling out other details.