Tasks showing tag colour instead of project colour in team calendar

Hi guys!

So I am running a social media calendar for a hotel chain. Each project represents a hotel. And each task is tagged either as an Instagram Post or a Facebook Post.

I would like each hotel project to display the assigned project colour in the calendar view. However, only one is doing this. The other projects are displaying the assigned tag colour. Which is extremely confusing and doesn’t help me differentiate between projects in the team calendar.

I have looked everywhere for a solution - even copying the only project that uses the project colour in the calendar. However, nothing seems to work.

Any solution so that each project displays in the team calendar with it’s assigned project colour rather than the tag colour?

Thanks in advance!


Are you using the free or premium version of Asana?

Just to confirm, you have a color set for every project (not just the one)?

Hi Crystal :slight_smile:

I’m using the free version. And I have a colour set for every project, and each tag (I’m using two). I would like the project colour to be the main one showing on the team calendar - at the moment most projects are showing the tag colour instead.


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@Katie_Dawes the best I can figure with my testing is that the color is determined by your action. There is an heirarchy to the colored dots that are sub-colors on the side it seems (project>custom fields>tags) but the main color seems to be defined by which action step you took first that was associated with a color.

Here’s a couple examples

I would reach out to support to verify how this works though. This is just my best guess.

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Thank you so much for your testing and the time you took on this Crystal :slight_smile:

Unfortunately, we can’t fix the problem this way so we’ve reached out to Asana on Twitter. Hopefully, we can find a solution!

Thanks again and have a great day!


If you find a solution or get more insight into this, please let us know. I’m curious to know exactly how Asana determines this.


Hi there,
I’m in an exactly similar situation, there doesn’t seem to be a logic to the color coding in the calendar view.

Following this thread for any insights.


I am having the exact same issue. On my team colour certain tasks are showing as the project colour with a small square denoting their tag (preferred), others are showing as the tag colour with a small square denoting the project. Is there a way to make it all consistent?

Thank you so much!!!


I am having the same problem - which is frustrating because it seems to be a common complaint with no real workaround. My current solution to this is toggling the project highlight on and off in the calendar view to see my tag colours better, which is less than ideal! Come on, Asana! Help a brother out here.

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Hi folks! I’ve followed up with our product team to see if there’s more information we can share with you. Stay tuned!


We have this question as well. I’d like to be able to choose to a custom field to drive the color of tasks in a project’s calendar view. In our case, we are running a content calendar and would like to see tasks color-coded by their channel (ie, social, blog, email, etc).
Currently Asana seems to use one of the custom fields so we’re close! However, re-ordering the fields does not change which field drives color shown on the calendar so we are stuck with the default field.


We are having the same issue. Ideally, the tasks should always show as the project color and the tag colors should always show as little boxes, even if the project has no color. Otherwise, if you have a blue project, and a task with a blue tag in a project with no color, it looks like that task belongs to the blue project.

Hi folks,
After speaking with a few people on my team I’ve learned that the color you’re seeing is actually correlated to the first addition to your task. So, if the tag was created first, then you’ll see the tag color; whereas if the project was created first, then you’d see the project color. This is something we know is not ideal, so we have a PM exploring possible updates. I’ll keep you posted on what happens next and I encourage you to visit the monthly release notes in the Announcements category for ongoing updates.
Thanks everyone!


I’d love to throw our teams’ weighty behind this critical feature request. We absolutely require the ability to control event color in Calendar view, and like many others, expect the Project color to be primary. For us, custom metadata fields are useful, but secondary. Only our power users would be able to comprehend metadata colorization as primary, we need a default setting that “makes sense” at first glance, to casual users.


Having the same concerns with the task color not being associated with the project color and rather a custom field. Are there any updates to this issue? Really doesn’t create a good visual experience when there are so many different colors in calendar view.

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Are there any news? I’m having the exact same issue and can’t seem to find a solution.


+1 for this. A very crucial thread

Big Big Big plus one for us too!

Hello. Plus one here. Is there news about this ? Thank you.

Is there a solution to this yet? I created my cards first @Alexis so technically speaking the cards should be displaying the project default colour, not the tagged colour. The only way Calendar view works even more for me is to remove all the tags I’m associated with so I can understand which project each card is associated with.

Any news?

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