By now you know what Trello can do for you when it comes to organization and project management, and you’ve learned the basics of setting up Trello for your own personal needs. You’ve also read an overview of Trello for teams, including how the application can facilitate better communication and collaboration.
You can use Trello well, even effectively, with just that information. But to really become a Trello power user you’ll want to step up your game with keyboard shortcuts, application tie-ins, and automation. Here are the tips and tricks you need to know to upgrade Trello from convenient to life changing.
Learn the Keyboard Shortcuts
There are a variety of keyboard shortcuts that can be used within Trello to save you time and clicks. “Trello’s system can have a learning curve for new users,” says Brad M. Shaw, president/CEO of Dallas Web Design Inc. Learning keyboard shortcuts changed this for him, and therefore changed his relationship with the app. “Doing simple things like using the space bar to assign the card to yourself, pressing D to open the due date menu and L to add a label saves valuable time,” Shaw says.
Here are some of the most valuable keyboard shortcuts — the ones you’ll use nearly every time you’re in Trello:
- Arrows: The left and right arrow keys allow you to move between adjacent cards. To select the car below the current one, press J. And to select the card above the current one, press K.
- B: To open the boards menu in the Trello header, press B. You can then use the up and down arrows to select the board you want, and then Enter to open the selected board.
- C: To quickly archive a card you have open or selected, press C.
- D: Need to add a due date to a card? Press D when it’s open or selected and you’ll get the due date picker.
- E: Quick edit allows you to change the title and other attributes of a card. Open this option by pressing E when the card is selected.
- Enter: When a card is selected, press Enter to open it.
- Command or Ctrl plus Enter: Press Command (Mac) or Ctrl (Windows) and Enter at the same time to save any text you’re writing. This includes comments, a card description, etc.
- Esc: To get out of what you’re doing–for example, adding a comment to a card–without saving your edits, press Esc.