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8 Trello keyboard shortcuts you must learn today to plan & collaborate more efficiently

July 4, 2014 by Marc von Brockdorff Research & Insights

Fog Creek Software, the makers of Trello, recently announced that their incredibly simple collaboration tool recently hit over 4 million users. Considering Trello was released just under 3 years ago, one thing is clear: The majority of users love simple, intuitive tools that purposely limit the functionality of their tools to avoid unnecessary bloating and complexity.

If you currently use Trello, there is one way you can quickly double your efficiency: shortcuts. Below, we're highlighting the top 8 shortcuts you should definitely learn today to plan your projects and collaborate more efficiently.

1) Navigate cards

This is the easiest shortcut you will learn - to move from one card to another, simply use your arrow keys:

arrow keys shortcuts

Here it is in action:

navigate cards trello shortcut

2) Open and close cards

Use the ENTER key to quickly open a card and the ESC key to close it.

open and close keys

Here it is in action:

open close cards trello shortcut

3) Edit title

To edit the title of a card, simply press T. This will work if you're using the arrow keys to navigate and even if you just hover over a card with your mouse. Rather than clicking on a card and then clicking on its title from the popup, pressing T will load the popup with the title in edit mode immediately. It may not seem like much but it will certainly save you a lot of time in the long run. And of course, after you edit your title, click ENTER to save it and ESC to close the popup.

edit title key

Here it is in action:

edit title trello shortcut

4) Archive a card

Because it's so easy to create cards, we often find ourselves needing to archive multiple cards. To do so quickly, just navigate through the cards using your arrows keys and click C each time you want to archive a card.

archive card key

Here it is in action:

archive card trello shortcut

5) Quick edit mode

Perhaps the most unknown of the shortcuts mentioned so far, clicking on E whilst a card is selected loads a menu which allow you to quickly edit labels, add members, move the story, set a due date and archive the card altogether.

quick edit mode key

Here it is in action:

quick edit mode trello shortcut

6) Move card to adjacent list

To quickly move a card to the list on the right or left, simple use the < and > keys - it's incredibly simple.

move card to adjacent list key

Here it is in action:

move card to adjacent list trello shortcut

7) Insert new card

Use the N key to add a new card in the exact position you want. As soon as you click N, a new card will be created under the one selected.

insert new card key

Here it is in action:

insert new card trello shortcut

Use the / key to quickly search for cards. Trello recently upgraded the search functionality and it now works considerably better than it used to before the update.

search key

Here it is in action:

search trello shortcut


For the full list of Trello shortcuts, head over to https://trello.com/shortcuts - There are a few more in there that can save you a considerable amount of time if you're a heavy Trello user.

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Marc von Brockdorff

Co-Founder and Director of Engineering at Hotjar. My goal at Hotjar is to plan and execute our product roadmap by building and managing a team of highly skilled engineers and designers.