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Show Description on card list

Is there any way to show the card description in the list of cards?  This would be so helpfull to be able to just glance at cards to know what they are about.


Atlassian Team
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Jul 03, 2017

Right now this is not available. The card description or any comments are only available by opening the card back.

I'll let our team know, that you are interested in a feature like that.


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Hello guys, great idea. 
Would love to ask Torben about this.
I had on my mind one thing, if I got it properly (excuse me if I'm not), is similar to this one and could help: the transparent background for cards (in lists) in the board view. Similar to labels option but for the transparency of a pleasant eye comfort when checking results of team members. 

The idea on my mind is simple: in 3+person teams to have a proper view of the board member names while checking the cards. Since I'm moving the cards from the one-to-another board (not archiving them). Means like Cards are put in the list and I can see with the "transparent background for cards" to see who was the member who posts the card: Jordan, Franz or Ivan. I'm grateful for the whole Trello story and felt like I could add my new ideas. 

Sure this can be done in other ways with keeping the records separately (what is the case) but is ok for periods to cruise with the look over the recent period "results" and the situation. 
Hope I expressed myself enough to understand. 

Best regards guys, 


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Any update on this?

My team considers switching from MS Planner to Trello, but inability to see card description at a glance is a dealbreaker. We have a screen on the wall displaying Planner for everyone to see, and would like to be able to use Trello for that.

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+1. Option to be able to see the description in the list would go a long way, provided that you can't really format the NAME of a card. 

Often times just a few lines is all you need for the description, this way you can quickly skim your entire list(s), not having to click on each card individually

I like how you did the "show/no-show" option on labels, the description could be implemented in a similar way

Also - multi-select and multi-edit/delete cards is really necessary! 

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+1.  playing a bit with "meistertask", it has an option to show a substring (first 100 chars or so) of the description of cards/tasks.  Have switched to Trello since testing meistertask, though, as it has other features I wanted.

100%, all that is required is a snippet like Gmail and other mail programs use.

Grand prize would be if one could toggle the view like with the label names, and expand the entire description or show only the snippet.

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Deleted user Aug 21, 2018

Indeed, that was also one thing that (almost) convinced me to switch to Meistartask. The description snippet would benefit me greatly (and make it optional as other people may have opposite feeling).


Would really be helpful!

Hubert Kut
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Aug 23, 2019

+100.  Anyone knows if there is any backlog for new features related to Trello?

Kimberly Deal _Columbus ACE_
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Sep 24, 2019

+100 also!  this would be great, especially a toggle on/off on card.

Or maybe just when hovering over the description icon, show the content of the description instead of the annoying message "This card has a description attached"

And it is more, you can make this same method with other attached files, like images or PDFs, even if it were only the name of them

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I like this idea a lot! Non intrusive way of showing more information about tasks included in the card. 

Is this feature still not available? 

i think it is still not available


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Hmm.. not being able to view checklists or descriptions (as you can on Microsoft Planner) is a deal breaker for me.  Disappointing.  Great product otherwise.

You have the "Next Steps" plugin for beeing able to see checklists' items

been on this app for all of 5 min everytime i start working with a pm app theres always some essential feature missing 

yes great way to keep track of all your tasks mate fan bloddy fan tastic 

now if i could print this out with the descriptions showing then my employer would know what  i have been doing whats complete and what the details where ...... another epic fail might have to just stick to a good old fashioned spread sheet ....... disappointing


Is this available yet? Id love to use checklists, but I always forget to open the card. 

For checklist you can use the Chrome extension "Next Step" Next Step 

With this extension you can choose to see the items on a certain checklist or in all checklist without need to open the card.

There is still no available option to see also the description on the page

1. Is this feature still not available?

2. Is there a feature request website where we can submit features that we would like to have or maybe vote for features other users have requested?

Would also love this feature.



Would be great to use markup to style to card title, or just keep that feature in the description and make it optionally visible. As others have said, it would be nice to be able to toggle showing the entire description or only part of it. The default settings should remain the same, but allowing for these settings to be changed by people like us who need more would be a big plus. 

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I seem to have more formating options in this forum than inside my card list.

This is frustrating because we use the card to share order info. Really we only use the card name, because we want to see all the info at a glance. Just like a row of tumblr posts. this forces us to write in a non stop block of text like this, rather than... on a card. Like a sticky note of "to dos" 

I want a card to be:

job type

Due date: Whenever.
Price: $$$$
Materials: ## of ## Brandname Blue 7x19
Number of things: ###
Material brandname ordered from company name.

It'd be clear, straightforward, useful.

Instead it is

JOB TITLE. job type. Due date: Whenever. Price: $$$$. Materials: ## of ## Brandname Blue 7x19. Number of things: ###. Material brandname ordered from company name. JOB NOTES ABOUT THE JOB.

You can use the "Custom fields" section for that and then those data will show up in the board view

I was going to suggest rather than showing all the descriptions, it would be nice to be able to hover over or use a keyboard shorcut to show perhaps a smaller chunk of the description, kind of like a tool tip text ?

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OMG why devs always don't get this. Don't they use they own program???????? If you use it for like 5 minutes, it becomes apparent things like this are logical/practical and many times, it becomes unuseable without them... Why always users know this, but devs have no clue??? Don't they tell them to work on UI, so it doesn't suck ass and it is easy to use?

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I'm look for this feature to clearly describe where people should put tasks.

mainly, I have a critical bugs column which i want to add the description "Bugs that MUST be fixed before the next release. A release cannot take place until this column is empty" 

This is to stop people from putting in minor bugs in and halting the release process and to make sure our programs don't go out with any critical bugs. 

In the meantime I will just continue with a long title but a description would be much nicer.

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This has been on this board since 2017 its almost 2023 and still can't get to see the description on cards !

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Any progress on this useful feature since first requested in2017?  This is one thing that the other PM boards have, that's calling me away from Trello.

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Ha, what a joke:) Even Redmine agile plugin has this feature.

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