Say hello to the new Desktop app icon in your menu bar or system tray! 🖥

Hi Asana Community!

It’s Erica, a Product Marketing Manager here on the Asana Desktop team! I want to share that desktop app users will now see an Asana icon appear in their menu bars (Mac users) or system trays (Windows users). This new icon for the desktop app will help you protect time for heads down work - learn more below!

Stay focused on your most important tasks

With My Priorities, see your most important tasks based on due date by clicking on the Asana icon in the menu bar or system tray. From here, you can also complete tasks, or add new tasks by filling out the field or utilizing the [Shift] + [CMD] + [+] shortcut.

Make progress on the work that matters most- with no interruptions

When you’re ready to dive into an important task, select it from the list of My Priorities and set a timer. We recommend utilizing the pomodoro method (25 minutes of concentration, followed by a 5 minute break)! Do Not Disturb mode will also be turned on to pause your Asana notifications. When you’re finished, complete the task, or click on the dots in the upper right corner to exit.

These new features will be available to users in phases over the next several week. If you have questions or feedback about anything we shared, we’d love to hear from you!



Oh interesting! Where does the time spent go on the task? Anywhere?

Love this idea! Any chance we could have a similar ‘Home’ widget for the web app? I’d love a built-in pomodoro timer.

will we be able to turn this new Desktop app icon in menu bar on and off? and if we would be able, where can we turn it on and off?

Many thanks in advance :slight_smile:


This is great, thank you!

Would also like to see the number of items left to do “today” by that icon, for it to be more meaningful at first glance.

Hope this icon evolves to include that functionality.

Hey @Erica_Conti this is awesome. What version of Asana should I be having to get this feature? Is there any early access/beta to sign up for?

Hi! This is a great idea. I’m on Mac but I don’t see it in the menu Bar. How do we install it?

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Hi everyone! This is just a quick update to let you know we had to roll back this feature due to some performance issues, and it’s currently not available in the Desktop app. We hope to launch it soon, I will let you know as soon as it’s available again :slight_smile:

Sorry to hear this, but anxious for when it will be ready again!

Hola ya estamos a 16 de agosto y nada, alguna novedad :capulla:

how do I remove this?


Hi @SergioFuentealba and @Kevin_Chen2! This feature is currently not available, I will post an update in this thread as soon as we have any news and we start rolling it out again. Apologies for any inconvenience!

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I’m sorry to be mistaken

What do you call the asana menu bar item that shows up next to the time in the menu bar? It shows up only when the asana max desktop app is open.

Hola Emily, te comento que hoy recibí una actualización de Asana versión escritorio y ya tengo el icono en el menú donde por el momento solo puedo ver algunas tareas (no me queda claro cual si y cuales no) lo que si no veo el la asignación de tiempo (Pomodóro). Veo que van avanzando! Gracias.

There needs to be an option to disable this. I don’t need nor want a menubar item for this program at this time. Should must be a simple toggle right?


Hi there Emily. How can we remove it from the menu bar in Mac? It’s annoying I need it gone please. I scanned the settings but cannot find an option to disable it.

Also it’s got a few issues.

  1. It does not work for multiple screens. If I click the Asan icon the menu opens up on another screen (not the screen where I clicked it)
  2. The icons are not intuitive in the menu. There is a checkmark icon, a table / grid icon, and a toggle switch button. Could you perhaps give context on each button when there is a mouse hover over them? I don’t really know what the buttons are supposed to do / represent

But ultimately for me it’s just extra clutter and I feel that there is no need for it on my workstation and need it gone please.


I agree, there is no use for it. I can’t turn it off / remove it.


I emailed support and was told you can’t remove it, and there are no plans right now to allow it. I am very disappointed by this forced clutter.

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Will reinstall the app when there is an option to get rid of this…

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Hi everyone, just a quick note to let you know we have begun to roll out our new Desktop app icon in the menu bar and system tray!

First of all, thanks for taking the time to share your feedback with us. I’m afraid is currently not possible to turn off this feature. I have gone ahead and sent all your comments and feedback to our Product Team so they can consider it in future updates. Please also feel free to create new threads in our #forum-en:product-feedback category so other users can upvote for your request and share more use cases. Your feedback is really important for us and we would love to learn more!

Let us know if you have any questions!

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