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Is there a way to show time spans instead of just due dates in Trello?

I'd like to show start dates and end dates. 

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Linda I'm New Here Feb 16, 2021

I was so happy to see this new feature but the start date and time are not properly appearing in my iCal. Instead I am still getting a default time block of one hour before due date. Do you know if this is going to be fixed?

I agree, when I add a start and end date and look in the new calendar view, it only shows the card in the due date position. And if the dates span more than 1 day, it pops it up into the 'All day' banner... even if it's not all day. This makes it tricky to plan your day as you can't see if any tasks clash.

An unfortunately when I add a task with a date, it doesn't show up in either the calendar view or timeline. It shows up in my iCal though which is odd.

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@Linda @Nathan Garner thanks for reporting your experience on this issue. I'm loosely evaluating this issue for possible deployment in our company, so I'm replying mainly to hear of any news.

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For phase 1 it's great, it just needs some work to make it useable for lots of projects... I also noticed that Sunday and Monday are greyed out when it should be Saturday and Sunday, being the weekend. So I suspect this is a v1.1 and we have a few updates coming (hopefully).

Start date was showing up for me until yesterday that it disappeared.


I'm confused. 

@Mariano Tello Nocetti it did disappear. I also had a separate "Start Date" button in the "Add to Card" list, but it's now gone.

The start date functionality is still there, but Trello has now hidden it.

It's in the dialog box launched by the "Due Date" button.

Trello, it's bad enough that you're messing around with the interface after Beta. C'mon.

But worse, you made it worse. *DO NOT HIDE THE START DATE IN THE DUE DATE INTERFACE.* This is not how I think of it, it is not how I'll use it, it's adding more work/clicks, it's not transparent, and it's counter-intuitive. It's just bad.

It makes no more sense than if you hid the Attachment function behind the Checklist button.

Start Dates are also not working correctly. Clicking on a card's start date launches the "Change Due Date" dialog box which, as noted above, it shouldn't be but that's where it is. The problem now is that the cursor defaults to the *Due Date.*

So when you click on the Start Date to change the Start Date, you're actually posed to edit the Due Date.

Not good. This function was definitely released before they had tested it. I'm not a fan of being a beta tester for software I'm evaluating.

Hi Matthew,


I would also like to have this in the calendar view. Is that any plan to release this feature. It's tough to see what's currently being worked on when the card only shows up on it's due date. Ideally it would show the full lifecycle of the card during the time it's being processed. Would love to have the ability to set date ranges on the card dates!

3,5 years later.... :-(

+1 for this really missing and simple feature!

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Plus one for start dates and end dates on the calendar without having to use Elegantt. It's the only thing keeping me from making a switch to Trello

This seems like a rather obvious feature that Trello should think about integrating....

Does Trello read these boards?  I agree it seems OBVIOUS the cards should have date ranges and the CHECKLISTS should have due dates.

Trello... this is the one thing that is preventing me from being a paid customer.

These are the two issues that led me to this board.  I have my whole company on board with using trello but we need the ability to attach due dates to check list items and put date ranges on tasks.  So frustrating. 

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Me too, same things that lead me here as well and same things that may lead me away from signing up :(

Hey Michele

You can add start and end dates with the Custom Fields Power-Up for Trello: but those won't integrate as dates within your calendar. There's currently not a way to do that, only a due date.

You could intrgrate a gantt chart to track start and end dates:

Thanks, Matthew! I forgot to respond to your message, but I did immediately check out and install the Custom Fields Power-Upu you suggested. Appreciate it!

I am blown away that we can't get a full time span in the calendar. That is not acceptable for a calendar!!!!! Any thoughts to do this via API's, some custom development work?

+1 please! esp for calendering - it's an incredibly simple yet imperative feature - look at google calendar? :-S

So this toppic is from june 2017 and still it is not possible to show a startdate in a card? This is sooo sad!

July 2019. Nothing yet. Trello, c'mon...

Why is this not a thing yet?

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Even though it seems like Trello and Atlassian don't care about this thread... +1 for the date span feature ... common get this in your next spring backlog guys !

I think, that the problem could be solved by using Planway extension.

You can add start date and end date there. 

I second the Planway extension recommendation. It's the simplest way I have found to have date ranges (though I would love it if it was native to Trello).

It does seem strange that Trello hasn't built this yet. In Sunsama, you can visualize which dates you want to start working on your various Trello cards, but that information isn't visualized as a start date < > end date block in the calendar yet.

This would be a great feature, I'm trying to streamline the use of multiple apps to get similar results and having a start, due date and being able to the span in a calendar would be extremely valuable.

And now it's 2019....  Common Trello....

yes, I waited a long time for this

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I was able to get a calendar blocked out using the Cronofy calendar plug-in instead... They enable two fields, due date and duration, which allow you to block out trello cards by start/end date on a calendar of your choice. Hope this helps!

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I use the Cronofy ower-up and I'm curious if this would give you the functionality that you're looking for.

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Any update regarding this?
Being able to set start and due date and it being visible in the calendar power up would really help.

Cronofy is not a solution to this problem. A simple "Start Date" is the only solution.

I would agree.
Having native support for a start/end date would help make timelining much better.

So disappointed that this hasn't been addressed.

Just started using Trello and likewise am disappointed that you can't set a start date that shows up in the Calendar. It is so important to be able to see a full picture of what's going on at any point in time

I need start dates. Not just in calendar view, but on the card as displayed in lists as well. A custom field is not a solution because it doesn't show unless you open the card.

This has been the single most influential factor that keeps me from using Trello in more contexts, from implementing it in my teams, and from choosing a paid subscription. (I'm paying a subscription to Smartsheet mainly because Trello lacks this functionality.)

In short, if Trello had start dates, I'd pay money for it.

Start dates are an essential function of any GTD system.

Personally, I'm positively gobsmacked that so many people still choose to organize their work according to "when I've got to get it done" instead of "how soon can I do it?" I can promise you I would not hire such a person. (Hmmm, should add that to my interview checklist ...)

FYI Jeff, if you're really trying to jam this workflow into Trello (as I am), you can choose to display a Custom Field on the "front" of a card (Board menu > Power-Ups > Custom Fields > Edit Power-Up Settings > [your field] > check "Show field on front of card"). Although, this solution is imperfect in its own way, because native Due Dates show on the left of the card, and the custom field Start Date shows on the right of the card (not chronological order). Of course I can read the labels for each date, but from a UI perspective, I constantly expect the earlier date (Start Date) to be on the left.

In the end, I appreciate the flexibility of the Power-up system, but I am also annoyed when it is proposed as the only solution to simple productivity features like... dates for when things happen. Sometimes it feels like being told to program my own application.

+1 to this. Hopefully, they implement it at some point. :) 

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I can’t believe these comments span all the way back to 2017 and this functionality still hasn’t been added.. I’m a paying customer and have been adding the Start Date to be titles, but a “Start Date” option would be so helpful!

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I'm new to Trello (and loving it, incidentally), and for meetings or tasks that must be handled over several days, the best I have been able to do is create cards for each day of the meeting or conference so that they'll appear on the calendar and always appear on my "today" list. The only problem is that this means a long list of cards in the 'coming up' or 'this week' lists, which just feels like clutter. The solution of a 'start date' would really help, as would a visible date range. 

... And intuitively, this stuff just doesn't feel like a really hard thing to add, but then I'm not a programmer, so I'm not going to judge. 

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