Option to suppress automatic normalization of Asana URLs

When I copy and paste a URL to an Asana object (e.g. task or project) in a description or comment, the URLs are automatically converted to some standardized formats. This might be helpful in some cases but I think it’s more confusing for the users.

For example:

1 - When I want to specify a task among other tasks in a search result view:
the URL is updated to:
and it just opens the task in full screen.

2 - When I want to point to the Overview tab of a project:
the URL is updated to:
and it just opens the list view of the project.

Is it possible to suppress this conversion? Is it forced with some technical limitation, e.g. to dynamically update the link title?
I’d appreciate it if there’s a way to keep the pasted URL while keeping all the useful features.


if you rather link to the search results, then copy the URL out of your browser address bar. If you copy the task link and paste, but don’t want it to open in full screen, just take the /f off of the task url and it will open in the project.

I’ve not seen the second issue happen as mine stays /overview

Hi @Getz_Pro, thank you for the reply.

This only works when I use the search URL for myself, doesn’t it? I need a way to share the task URL in search with other users. It’s still an issue if the task opens in the project instead the search.

Thank you for letting me know about the second issue. It’s interesting that it happens to some users but not to others.

Hi @ShunS, thanks for providing this feedback!

While this feature isn’t available right now, hopefully it’s something our Product team can implement in the future.

I’ll keep you posted and let you know if we have any updates :slight_smile:

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Thank you @Rebecca_McGrath!
I’d appreciate it if we could learn the design decision of the current behavior too.

When I copy the search URL from my browser and paste into a task, then click on it, it opens in the search as expected.

Hmm, then the URL conversion doen’t happen at all with your account?
I envy you about that.