Columns is the best tool for lists. But from the very beginning, you should only make lists in the app. But what should you do when you have a list somewhere else? Now you can copy a list from anywhere and paste it into Columns:

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You can copy even from spreadsheets:

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You can create multiple cards at once by clicking Alt+Enter (Option+Return on Mac). You can add files and pictures too:

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The second big thing is Settings

Now you can edit your account, workspace, etc. Even delete your account 😩. We’re a grown-up — we have the settings page!


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Users always wanted an option to change board icons with emoji. We believe that design in Columns should help to focus and emoji would add unnecessary colorful mess and distraction. So we decided to make our unique icons.

We’ve made 70 icons and we’re gonna make 7 more icons each week. If you need a specific icon just leave a note here.

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1. Canceled cards

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There is a new option available in Columns—it’s called a Canceled card. There are a few ways to use it: most importantly to track what was canceled. For example, you’re working on naming your project and you have a long list of names that you want to cross out, but don’t want to delete entirely. The “Canceled card” allows to keep track of everything on your list without losing important information.

Also, you can use ‘canceled cards’ as a replacement for checked cards — with this feature you can strike out things from your to-do list.

2. Custom card style

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From the beginning, there was an option to select what card style you want to use in your board ☑ checkbox, → arrow, • dot, or — dash. Now we have extended your options. You can select different card styles for each column or heading. You can select a unique item style for a checklist too. …


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Good news everyone! Columns now have Archive. Multiple archives, actually. But more on this later.

Archive is a place for stuff you want to hide, but don’t want to be deleted. Simple as that. Completed to-dos, long term ideas, or past events — anything you don’t need at the moment you can move to Archive.

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There is not just a single archive though, but many of them. Each column has its own. It makes a lot of sense if you think about it — It’s so much easier to find an archived card in a place it initially belonged to than rummage through some overfull junk folder. …


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Everybody has their list — all the dreams they’d pursue if they only had the time. Certainly, that was the case for us: four long-time friends (David, Daniil, Maria, Anton) and collaborators with demanding jobs (three of us work at Snapchat) and much else on our respective plates.

About six months ago, we decided to do something about it. We set aside one day each week to get together and make some progress on one of our passion projects. As you can imagine, our combined list of ideas was long — so long, in fact, that it took a full month of meetings to properly get through it. …


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Sometimes it is necessary to break things down into smaller parts: now we have checklists for that. You can split an individual task into steps, which gives you a nice, clean structure.

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But it’s not your ordinary checklist, it’s a much more powerful tool. Each item works as an individual card. You can add images, dates, files, assign it to another person, or leave a comment.

Checklists are shown right away. You have a visual overview: there’s no need to open the card, like in Trello, where checklists are hidden inside. It speeds up the work flow and makes your life simpler.

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You can always collapse checklists if you don’t need them at the moment.


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Moving things around just got a bit easier in our latest update to Columns. Cards or entire headings (including all of its’ cards) can now be dragged between boards. Simply pick a card and drag it over another board in the sidebar.

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Want to preserve all of your completed tasks while not cluttering your main board? Create an ‘Archive’ board and hide them away.

Built by: Sasha Uspensky, Artem Gusev 👏

New in mobile version

On the mobile side of things we’ve updated a few things:

  • List of your boards and workspaces now has a new look.
  • Menus got an overhaul as well.
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Mobile update built by: Anatoly Shahazizyan 👻


Checkboxes in Columns are now more powerful than ever! They represent the current status of your task. No check means ‘To-Do’, half-filled means ‘Doing’, and checked means ‘Done’.

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To mark as doing click on checkbox with “Alt” or “Shift” pressed down, or change card’s status from the context menu.

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The beauty of checkboxes is that they allow you to monitor the state of your project in real-time.

Unlike with Kanban boards, you don’t have to drag your card to the next column just to change its status. Checkboxes give you more flexibility and let you build a workflow that is right for you.

Don’t like checkboxes?

You can hide checkboxes at any time, or change them to bullets, dashes or arrows.

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Read how the ‘Mythbusters’ star Adam Savage uses half-filled checkboxes in his projects lists. https://www.wired.com/story/adam-savage-lists-more-lists-power-checkboxes/

Built by: Artem Gusev, Anatoly Shahazizyan. 🙌


Columns beta is on the air. We were accidentally hunted on product hunt. So we can’t hide anymore.

We’re at the beginning of our journey and will be happy if you join us.

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Founder&CEO of Columns

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