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How do I pin a card to the top of a list?

My company's main Trello board has a lot of different columns for different stages of our development process. I'd like to pin a card to the top of each list to describe when a card should be moved there.

Is there power-up that allows me to pin / stick an instructions card to the top of a list, so that it won't accidentally be moved down?

I've looked at the Readme power-up, but that only allows one readme for a whole board.



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Phil Wallach
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Aug 31, 2022

I have implemented this on my board, based on some suggestions above. 

This is what I did:

  1. Create a new label.
    • Click "Remove color" so the label does not appear on the front of the card.
    • Add a name to the card. I used "Pinned".
  2. Add the following automation in Rules:
    • "when a card is added to list "Done", sort the list by label "Pinned" ascending"
  3. As a bonus, I added a color cover to the card and made it display full height.

I use this to pin a card to the top of my Done list, where I summarise my quarterly activity.

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So elegant, thank you very much!

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Apr 10, 2018

Currently, Trello doesn't have a "pin to top of list" feature or  a power up for that..  you can make a feature suggestion by writing to 

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There are two work around options if you don't want to use the Chrome extension. Just a word about this being a work around that I use and works for me. I don't know if this fits everyone's needs, but works for me. Also, this is just a tip, it's not an exact "how to"; no exact step-by-step. Just the big picture. If you need step-by-step...ask. 


1) Enable Butler 

-> set to run automatically, such as when a card is added, by date, or by date and time

--> under "sorting" in Butler, determine how you want to "sort" (age of card, due date, label, etc)

---> click save


2) Enable Butler & Custom Fields (my favorite way)

-> set up custom field (I set a checkbox that's called "details" or "pin" or whatever you want. You could call it "George" for all it matters). The checkbox custom field is on every card, so I can have multiple pinned if I want. 

--> set Butler to run automatically, such as when a card is added (I set it to run when a card is added so that whenever a card is added Butler automatically re-sorts to ensure the checkbox card is first

---> under "sorting" in Butler, select "sort the list by custom field", select your custom field, how you want it sorted (ascending or descending), click add, and then save


The second work around is great because you can sort according to the custom field and then sort again by another custom field or label or whatever. I have a few cards pinned on some lists and not others. With this you can create a custom field sorting list that has multiple ascending "pinned" cards that always remain at the top. 

Awesome, I will try this!

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Apr 02, 2021

Thanks for the tips! #2 it is. :)

will this workaround allow a custom order of cards/tickets? 

We want to manually rank our backlog column in order of priority during the meeting... not have It automated. However, we also want that one card pinned at the top. 

Many thanks in advance, 

I tried this solution and works like a charm. - did not grasp that the button only applies to that particular card - which it does!

Thanks for the suggestion! 

This sounds perfect. skills are lacking and I can't get it to work :-(

I think I need a paid space. 

I tried setting up automation using labels.  Still no joy. 

Feedback/tips are welcome. (A big ask, but if you can share a screenshot of the automation, event better!) 

vote for this feature. don't tell me it is so complicated to add...

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Have you submitted a feature request? 

It's exactly the feature we need.

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Not yet, but will do that sometime this weekend. 

This feature is that common to me, that I'm wondering why it's not yet implemented. 

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I've just submitted this feature request too, thanks!

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Up to date it seems we haven't got this feature yet so I've just submitted this feature request too

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Submitted my request today and linked this thread! Pin card to top for the win!

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My Chrome extension supports this.

You can find it at

Thanks, but what I need is something that everyone in the team will see without them having to locate them and ask them to install a local extension on their browser.

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Me too. It's no good having to guess what the other user's experience is. Way too confusing -- must be consistent.

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Any news on this feature request? 

just came across the same issue! It would be nice to be able to pin a card to the top

There is a part about agile project management within the most recent newsletter. Trello explains there, how a board can be used for agile projects. 

I've only found this blog in German, so not sure whether it's also available in English.

However, I've commented this blog and referred to this feature request as I believe that making a card sticky might be also / especially a benefit for agile projects. 

I did nearly the same of renot2020: I created a grey label called "PINNED CARD" and gave it only to the cards that I wanted to keep on top of the list, and then built a Butler's rule that sorts the cards by descending label order, putting in the label list of the order just the grey "PINNED CARD" label.

I am currently checking if this works, will write here if it's ok. 

I just did this as a workaround. Thanks!

You might use Butler to automation it, what i dod, give all definition board a label called Definition, then setup a schedule activity thru calendar, all the cards on this list would be sorted by labels, Definition, High Priority, Middle Priority, Low Priority, then sorted by Due Dates at 1am every morning, so when the team back to work, all those back to order again even during day time, members move cards around...

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