Task creation in docs needs work - stop automatically scrunching it into a link
When we select / highlight text in a doc to create a task it changes the entire highlighted item into a "task" which displays as a rectangular item with text + ellipsis dots..,
PLEASE simply change background color, OR add a task icon in front of the highlighted text, OR simply underline it like a hyperlink to indicate the text has turned into a task.
Otherwise, as it is now, when we select paragraphs in a doc to convert to text they "scrunch" and display as a task item (rectangle shape with task text and status color) which is simply AWFUL. We lose the important text that is part of the doc conversation / brainstorm taking place. Yes, we can hover over this newly converted text into task, but it really dampens the flow of the working / collaborating in a doc.
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Hey all! 👋 I'm the new product manager on Docs. This issue surfaced pretty quickly for me, and it's an ugly one. We have this on the roadmap to be fixed, so I'm updating the status accordingly.
Agree. This is the thing that's preventing my team from using docs for tracking all of our meeting notes.
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Hey Marcelo! hmm that example of a paragraph sounds painful, sorry you have to deal with that. I will bring this up with the rest of the product team to see how we can solve this.
Ivan Villa: Thank you for empathizing :-) Yes, this would help you slap many other platforms like Notion, Jira, etc who have Wikis where you can add new tasks by highlighting content on the wiki page.
Ivan Villa: Ivan, good to see you pick this up. There are a few requests about this out there, such as these:
About 30 odd votes all total!
This is a big pain point for me, too, especially if you have say a full sentence that you want to turn into a Task. In my case it's not a full paragraph, but still the loss of context is inconvenient. I have to use a workaround to write out the Task title a second time next to the @mention, so you can still see what the task is about in the Doc.
Marcelo Ramagem is right, tools like Jira, Notion, Coda, Asana, etc. list the full task title when the reference another. But it's worth pointing out that only Jira (via Confluence) let's you create a task by highlighting - you can only reference existing tasks in the other tools. So if you guys showed the full Task name, you'd once again get a feature that is clearly superior in every way to what else is out there!
And as a PS, I'd love to be able to customize what's visible in the mention. I think seeing the status spelled out is a big one. Otherwise, your team has to memorize what color represents what status, and with all the customization of status, that can be difficult.
Really hoping to see you guys make this happen, thanks as always!