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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.


Torben Atlassian Team 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.


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, 


Like sportsscientist likes this

+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! 

Like # people like this

+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.

Like Tomasz_Tarchała likes this
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 Community Leader Aug 23, 2019

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

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

Like Adam Fishbein likes this

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

Like Ewa Chang likes this

Is this feature still not available? 

i think it is still not available


Deleted user Jan 26, 2020

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.

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?

Marcus D I'm New Here Apr 19, 2021

Would also love this feature.

ryan I'm New Here May 21, 2021



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. 

Like kliu likes this


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