Asana Desktop App

Overview

Asana for Desktop puts Asana where you need it by pulling it out of the sea of tabs and helping you capture your work frictionlessly. This application helps you find flow and control your work environment by removing distractions.

The Asana for Desktop application is available on Mac and Windows (not supported on Linux.) It can be downloaded here. All actions and features available in the browser version of Asana are also available on desktop.

Logging in via the Desktop App

Once you have downloaded the Asana Desktop App, you can log in using your Asana login credentials.

First, open Asana for Desktop, enter your email address and sign in to Asana.

log in 1

Next, you’ll be brought to your browser to verify your credentials.

log in 2

Finally, click Open Asana to open Asana on your desktop app.

log in 3

Native OS notifications

Desktop leverages native OS notifications, which mirror Browser Notifications in functionality.

Once you’ve installed Asana for Desktop, you will be prompted to open accessed links in the desktop application. You can open in Asana once or always, or cancel and open the link in your browser.

App links

Right click functionality

Right click is streamlined to only include Asana uses.

right click

Top bar and history

The top bar of your Asana for Desktop App is more focused on a few core navigation actions. The History feature also allows you to access your 15 most recent pages.

Top Bar and History

Desktop App icon

We've launched a Desktop App icon to help you protect time for heads down work and more easily identify your next task.

Mac Desktop App icon

Mac users will see the Desktop App icon appear in the menu bar.

Desktop App Icon Mac

Use the Desktop App icon on Mac by:

  1. Navigating to the menu bar in the upper-right corner
  2. Clicking the icon to open the My Priorities window

Windows Desktop App icon

The Desktop App icon will appear in the system tray for Windows users.

Desktop App Icon Windows

Use the Desktop App icon on Windows by:

  1. Navigating to the system tray in the bottom-right corner
  2. Clicking the icon to open the My Priorities window

My Priorities

Clicking the icon will open up My Priorities which shows your most important tasks based on their due dates.

You can mark tasks complete without leaving the My Priorities window. You can also create new tasks directly inside My Priorities, or by using the following shortcuts: [Shift] + [CMD] + [+] on Mac, or [Shift] + [Ctrl] + [+] on Windows.

Manage Interruptions

Make progress on the work that matters most - without interruptions. When you’re ready to dive into an important task, select it from the My Priorities list and set a timer. We recommend the Pomodoro Technique: 25 minutes of concentration, followed by a 5-minute break.

On Mac

My priorities Mac

Do Not Disturb Mac

On Windows

My priorities Windows

Do Not Disturb Windows

While the timer runs, your Asana notifications will be paused. When you’re finished, either complete the task, or exit by clicking the dots in the upper-right corner.

Minimize

Minimize Mac

Minimize Windows

Minimize the timer by clicking any other window on your desktop.

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