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@mention

@mentioning allows you to link people, projectsprojects Projects are lists of tasks. Read more , taskstasks Tasks are the basic unit of work in Asana. Tasks can represent any kind of work, break down work into smaller pieces, or store information. Read more , tagstags Use tags to mark tasks or group together similar tasks. Read more , and ConversationsConversations Conversations are how users communicate in Asana. Start a conversation on any project or team page. Read more from any description or commentcomment Comment on a task or conversation to offer help, answer questions, and help move work forward. Read more field in Asana.

Use @mention to link to other tasks, projects, tags, Teams, or Conversations in the notes, or to draw a teammate’s attention to a comment by linking to their name.

@mention

To @mention:

Type @, then start typing the name of a task, project, tag, Conversation, or person. Select the item you want to @mention in the autocomplete field that appears.

When you @mention someone in a task or conversation, they are automatically added as a follower and receive an Inbox notification.

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Use the following keyboard shortcuts to format your text:

Action Mac Windows
Bold ⌘B Ctrl-B
Underline ⌘U Ctrl-U
Italics ⌘I Ctrl-I
Monospace ⌘⇧M Ctrl-Shift-M
• Bulleted Lists ⌘⇧8 Ctrl-Shift-8
1. Numbered Lists ⌘⇧7 Ctrl-Shift-7
Indent your list ⌘] Ctrl-]
Outdent your list ⌘[ Ctrl-[

is the Command/Apple key on Mac OS, Ctrl is the Control key on Windows.

Any link you type or paste will automatically convert to a clickable hyperlink with no formatting needed.

Emojis

Task descriptions, comments, and project descriptions support emojis. You can either copy and paste an emoji into the task description field, or type the emoji command into the description field and the text will automatically convert into its corresponding emoji.

For example, type :smile: into the task description field and it will convert the text into .

Click here to view a full list of supported emojis and their corresponding commands.

ASCII emoticons are supported and will automatically convert into emojis.

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Supported fields

The following fields support @mention, rich text, and emojis:

  • Task DescriptionTask Description Task description is a text field that allows users to add details and context to their tasks. Read more
  • Task commentscomments Comment on a task or conversation to offer help, answer questions, and help move work forward. Read more
  • Project DescriptionsProject Descriptions The project description is a place to provide teammates with the goals and overview of a project. Read more
  • Project statusstatus A way to update project members on the progress of a project. Status includes a color (red, yellow, green) and short summary. Read more updates
  • Body of a ConversationConversation Conversations are how users communicate in Asana. Start a conversation on any project or team page. Read more
  • Conversation comments

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You can use tasks to track, collaborate on, and organize all your work.

Tasks can be to-dos, ideas, notes, or reminders.

Assign a task to yourself or a teammate.

Press Tab+M to quickly assign a task to yourself.

Add a due date so your deadline is clear.

Add instructions and expectations in the task description field.

Type @ to link to other tasks, people, conversations, or projects.

When you @mention someone, they’ll be added to your task as a follower.

Followers get notified when new comments or attachments are added.

Add anyone who needs to stay up to date on your task as a follower.

They can always unfollow to stop getting notifications on your task.

Add comments to ask questions or give followers updates.

Heart a comment to let followers know you’ve seen it.

Add relevant files or irrelevant GIFs as attachments.

You can also attach directly from Dropbox, Google Drive, or Box.

Create subtasks to break your task into smaller steps.

When you’ve added a subtask, press enter to add another.

Subtasks can contain all the same details as regular tasks.

Click the comment bubble to add comments or attachments to a subtask.

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My Tasks is a list of every task assigned to you.

It makes managing your work simple.

Click on your My Tasks list and start typing to add tasks.

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Forward to x@mail.asana.com to turn your emails into tasks

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New tasks will appear at the top of your list in New Tasks.

Tasks you add to My Tasks are private to you.

Click Make Public to share them with your team.

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Teammates can view your My Tasks list to see what you’re up to.

They’ll only see tasks you’ve made public or shared in a project (more on projects later).

Mark tasks due within a week as Upcoming so you can see what will be due soon.

On its due date, your task will move from Upcoming to Today.

Just like magic.

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They’ll be out of your way until their due date approaches.

Your tasks will move from Later to Upcoming a week before they’re due.

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Like an event plan, product launch, or editorial calendar.

Like My Tasks, simply click and type to add tasks to your project.

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Add tasks to your project from email.

View your project’s unique email address from the project dropdown menu.

Add your tasks to other related projects.

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Add sections to organize tasks in a list project.

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Assign your tasks and set due dates.

Never miss a deadline with your project calendar.

Drag and drop tasks on your calendar to change their due dates.

Add everyone who needs to stay updated on your project as members.

Project members will get notified of new conversations, statuses, and tasks.

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Your post will be sent to all project members.

Use Progress to see how your project is moving forward.

Set a project status to update your team on how it’s going.

The Project Owner will be reminded to set a status once a week.

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Check Inbox to quickly read and respond to your latest updates.

Inbox will notify you when you have a task due…

and when teammates update tasks, conversations, and projects you follow.

Open and respond to updates without leaving Inbox.

Click an update and you’ll have all the context you need to respond.

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