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Projects

What is a project

A project is a way to organize your tasks. Everything that requires more than one step to complete can be a project. It can be a large goal (“Website redesign”, “Family Vacation 2023”) or a category of things you need to do (“Marketing”, “Chores”).

How to create a project

It’s very easy to create a new project in Nozbe.

To do so, hit the “Add New Project” button visible in the “Active projects” list in the left panel to open the project set-up form.

Adding a new project

If your “Followed projects” list is pinned to your sidebar, you can also tap the “+” icon on that list to create a project this way.

Adding a project from followed projects list

But that’s not all. You can also open a task, tap on its project attribute, and create a new project directly there.

While creating a project, you can tap on “More options” to specify additional details of your project. Here you can add a project purpose, create the project from a template, set its color or specify the groups to which it will belong.

Specifying project details

By default, new projects can be accessed by anyone in your space. Thanks to it, you can immediately start working on them and assign tasks to your space members. Other space members can edit the name of such project, change its purpose, or mark it as done.

Of course, you can create a private project or invite selected people to a project by choosing the “Invited members” option while setting it up. The projects to which all space members have access will be marked with a “dot”, invitation-only ones with a “ring”, and the personal projects will have a padlock icon next to their names. Please note that this option is available for Premium and Business users only.

Project’s menu

Enter a project, tap on the “…” icon next to its name in the top bar. There are a few different options in the drop-down list:

  1. Manage: use it to change this project’s details
Managing a project

💡Pro-tip: You can use a suggested color for your projects. You can freely toggle between your color and suggested color within project settings. Suggested color is automatically set for every new project. It can then be changed only by project managers.

  1. Follow: mark a project as followed to receive updates about it in Activity, and to have a quick access to it from the sidebar on the left.
  2. Favorite: mark your project as favorite to see it on the top of the list on the left side.
  3. Add section: you can divide your project into different sections. It is helpful when your project is getting bigger and more complex.
  4. Show all completed: it will allow you to see completed tasks.
  5. Select tasks: you can choose several tasks simultaneously and edit them.
  6. Copy task list link: you can generate a link to your task list.
  7. Clone: you can create a copy of the project, its sections, and active tasks.
  8. Create a template: create a template based on that project to easily manage recurring procedures.
  9. Add tasks via email: you will find the project’s unique email address you can use to send tasks to it via email.
  10. Export to CSV: create a CSV file containing information about the tasks currently displayed on the task list within that project.
  11. Stats: see your project’s statistics.

Access to projects

When you create a project in Nozbe, it will be accessible to all your space members. This means that all space members can see such project on their projects list and access it.

If you need to restrict access to a certain project, you can do it in the project’s settings.

To do this, open a project, then hit the “…” icon next to its name. Now choose “Manage” and go to the “Members” tab.

Changing the access settings

Here you can change the access settings. “Everyone” is the default setting - this means that every member of your space can see this project. To restrict the access to this project, change the setting to “Selected users”. After using that option, by default you will be the only person with access to this project.

You can add more people to it by using the “Add people” button. If you no longer want someone to have access to your project, click on their name in the view and choose “Remove from project”. Here you can also grant them manager status for this project.

Hit “Done” to confirm your choice.

Remember that only project managers can change access settings in projects.

Project access icons

The circle next to a project’s name on the projects list will differ depending on the access settings.

  1. A project accessible to everyone in your space will be marked with a full circle,
  2. A project with restricted access will be marked with a donut,
  3. A project that is only accessible to you will be marked with a donut and will also have a padlock icon next to its name.

Project Managers

When you create a project, you automatically become its manager.

As a manager, you can change the project from open-access to invite-only and the other way around.

In an invite-only project, you can add new people or remove them from that project. You can also edit that project’s name.

Note that if you wish to leave a project, and you’re currently its only manager, it is necessary to grant the manager permissions to someone else first. Only then, the new manager can remove the previous manager from the project.

If a manager leaves a project and the space admin is a member of it, the space admin can can become a new project manager.

Becoming a manager

Sections

Sometimes tasks in a project serve different purposes, especially when a project is vast and complicated. So to keep your workload in order, use project sections! Put your tasks under various sections to easily organize your project.

How to create a project section

To create a new section, tap the “…” icon next to the project’s name and choose “Add section”.

Create a new section

How to add your tasks to specific sections

When creating a new task, you can use the “+” icon in a specific section to ensure the new task will be added right there.

You can also drag and drop all tasks between the sections in a project.

Change the section order

Use the drag and drop option to move the section up or down.

Move sections

Cloning sections

Sometimes you may need to duplicate an entire section with all tasks within it and their parameters. Nozbe allows you to do so.

To clone a section, tap the “…” icon next to the section’s name and choose “Clone”.

Now you can set up the clone: change its name or choose which project you’d like to add it to. You can choose to clone both active and completed tasks, or just the active tasks. You can also decide if all comments should be cloned, or only the pinned ones.

Confirm cloning the section by hitting the “Clone” button.

Cloning a section

Please note that you’ll become the author of all tasks and comments in the section clone you create.

How to convert a section into a project

If a section becomes too complex or the number of tasks within it starts getting overwhelming, you can convert it into a project.

Converting a section into a project

To do this, navigate to the section, then hit the “…” icon next to its name. Press the “Convert into a project” button and confirm your choice.

How the section is converted

When you convert a section into a project, Nozbe will create a new project with the same name as the original section.

All active tasks from the original section will be moved to the new project, along with all comments added to them. Completed tasks from that section will not be transferred.

If the original section belonged to a project you shared with other people, the new project will also be shared with them. All tasks transferred from the original section will keep their delegation settings.

If the original section belonged to your private project, the new project will also be marked as private.

Nozbe will archive the original section and all completed tasks within it. You can restore that section at any time.

Archiving and deleting sections

If you don’t need a particular section anymore, tap on the “…” icon next to its name and choose the “Archive” option to move it to Nozbe’s archive. You won’t see it anymore in your project.

Archive a section

Tasks from an archived section will remain in the project without a section specified.

To restore the archived section, you first need to tap on the “…” icon next to the project’s name and choose the “Show all completed” option. You will see your archived section on the list - tap on the “…” icon next to its name and choose “Restore” to retrieve it.

Once the section is archived, you can delete it permanently. Please make sure that you won’t need it anymore - this action cannot be undone.

Collapsible sections

You can also hide tasks from sections by collapsing them:

Collapse a section

This feature may be really useful when you want to focus on tasks from a particular section.

Time attributes

In each project, you can enable time attributes - time needed and time spent - for its tasks.

To enable time attributes, hit the “…” icon next to the project’s name and choose “Manage”. Here you can toggle the “Enable time attributes” option.

Enabling time attributes

Once this option is enabled, you’ll be able to set time needed and time spent parameters in your tasks.

If your project is divided into sections, then the summary of time needed and time spent will be shown for all active tasks in a section below the section’s name. The information about overall time needed and time spent for all active tasks in a project will also be visible in the project’s top bar.

Remember that when time attributes are enabled, every person who has access to that project can change those parameters in tasks.

Please note that time attributes are a Premium feature, and it’s not available on Free plans.

Project statistics

In each project, you can check its statistics. Tap on the number of tasks in a project displayed next to its name to see the stats.

Project statistics

Here you can see statistics about the number of tasks added to this project, as well as the amount of time needed and time spent set for tasks in it. The statistics include the overall number of tasks and amount of time needed and spent set, with a breakdown for data about tasks completed, active, and abandoned.

Followed and favorite projects

If a space member creates a new project, it will appear in the Activity view of other space members.

New projects in the Activity view

Apart from that, a newly created project will also show up on the list of Active Projects and will be marked with a blue dot.

New project on the Active Projects list

Projects can be marked as followed and favorite.

Following projects

If a project is important to you and you want to stay updated about changes, you should follow it. Tap on the newly created project’s name in Activity and choose “Follow”. From now on, you will see new comments added to the tasks in this project within your Activity section.

Following a new project

Any project you create will be automatically added to your followed projects.

You can access your followed projects in your Sidebar -> More -> Followed projects.

Followed projects

By default, you’ll only see the “Favorites” and “Active projects” lists in your app’s sidebar. If you’d also like to see the “Followed projects” list there, you can pin it to your sidebar. This way, you will be able to easily access the followed projects directly from the sidebar on the left.

To do this, scroll down your sidebar, find the “More” section and go to “Followed projects”. Hit the “…” icon next to the “Following” group and select “Show in sidebar” to pin it to your sidebar. You can also move this group up or down by dragging and dropping it.

Pinning followed projects to sidebar

💡 Tip: You can also pin other project groups to your sidebar.

Marking projects as Favorite

Mark the most important projects as your favorite. They will be displayed in a separate section in the sidebar (right above the projects list), and you will be able to access them even more easily.

You can mark a new project created by other space member as favorite in the Activity view by hitting the “…” icon next to its name and choosing “Favorite”:

Marking a project as favorite

…or by opening an existing project, clicking the “…” icon next to its name and hitting “Favorite”:

Marking a project as favorite

Please note that projects marked as favorite will also be automatically marked as followed.

💡 Tip: Tags, templates and space members can also be marked as favorite.

Mentions in projects you don’t follow

When someone mentions you in a task from a project you don’t follow, the task will show up in your Incoming. If you have push notifications enabled, you will additionally be notified about this task. You will also always see that task in your Activity each time new comments are added. Of course, you can unfollow the task anytime by opening it, choosing “…” in the upper-right corner of the task details view and turning off the “Follow” option.

All projects

In the app’s left panel you will see the “Active projects” list. This list contains all active projects to which you have access.

See all projects you have access to

Projects list menu

Hit the “…” next to a projects list to see its menu.

Projects list menu

Here you can:

Ended projects

To see the ended projects, hit the “…” icon next to the list of projects, then choose “View ended projects”:

See all ended projects

Grouping projects

You can also manage projects and combine them into groups. It is a helpful feature for users who have many projects and want to manage them more effectively. Please note that it’s a Premium feature, so it’s not available for Free spaces.

How to create a project group

From the app’s main panel to the left, go to the “More” section and choose “Project groups”, then hit the “Create new group” button.

Create Project Group

Group’s privacy

While creating a group, you can select who can see it. Space admins can choose whether they want the group to be visible to everyone or keep it private. A space member can also create a project group, but only they will see it.

Create a project group visible to everyone

Choosing projects that belong to your group

If you select the “Manage projects” option, you will be able to choose projects you want to have in that group. When you finish, click on “Create” and you will see your project group on the list.

Manage group projects

You can always edit the list of projects that belong to an already existing group. To do so, hit the “…” next to your group, then choose “Manage projects”. Select which projects should belong to this group, then confirm the changes by hitting “Done”.

Edit a projects group

You can also add a project to several different groups. Just go to a project and hit the “…” icon next to its name, then choose “Manage”. Then tap on the “Groups” option and choose the groups for your project. Tap on “Done” to confirm, and that’s it. Your project belongs to all the groups you have checked. x

Changing group’s parameters

You can, of course, change the group’s parameters anytime you want. Just tap on the “…” icon next to the group’s name. You can manage projects added to the group, rename it, show it in sidebar, sort it, show all completed projects, or delete it. Don’t worry - deleting a group won’t delete the projects added to it.

Edit group parameters

Please note that only the admin or the owner can modify public groups.

Showing groups in sidebar

If you’d like to always have a certain project group at hand, you can choose to show it in the sidebar.

To do this, tap on the “…” icon next to the group’s name and choose “Show in sidebar”. The project group will now appear in the app’s sidebar.

Show a group in sidebar

You can also choose to display multiple groups in the sidebar, and change their order there by dragging and dropping them up or down.

Sharing a project with other space

You can share projects also with other spaces. If you wish to collaborate on a project with users from a different space, open the project, then hit the “…” icon next to its name. Tap on “Manage” and go to the “Share project with another space” section.

Type in the email address of another space’s owner or admin and confirm.

The project will be shared and visible to the other space once they accept the invitation on their end.

Sharing project with a different space

Every project can be shared. Once a project is shared with another space, it’s changed to a limited access project.

One space can be invited to multiple projects.

You can also send an invitation to a project to someone who doesn’t use Nozbe yet. They will receive an email with an activation link in it. If they follow that link, they will be able to set up a space in Nozbe and access the project.

You can cancel an invitation to that project before the other space accepts it. Once the invited space accepts the invitation, you won’t be able to revoke their access to it. However, you will be able to end that project.

Sharing projects with other spaces is available as a Nozbe Premium feature only - the space inviting must be Premium, the space accepting can be a either a Premium or a Free space. A Free space can only accept the invitation to a project if it doesn’t exceed the Free plan’s limit for the number of active projects.

How to clone a project

To clone a project, open the one you want to copy, tap on the three dots next to the project’s name and choose the “Clone” option.

How to clone a project

The app will copy the project’s attributes, sections, and tasks. Tasks attributes (such as due dates, tags, delegation etc.) will also be cloned.

You can choose whether you want to clone both active and completed tasks, or active tasks only. As for the comments, you can decide whether all comments, or only pinned comments should be cloned.

You will find the link to the original project in the cloned project’s description.

Please note that you will become the author of the entire copy if you clone a project, including all tasks and comments within it.

You can also clone a project to a different space. It’s a great option if you manage multiple spaces and you have to set up projects for procedures with similar steps.

Just tap on “…” next to a project’s name > Clone > select space you want to clone this project to:

How to clone a project to another space

How to change a role or remove someone from a project

If you wish to remove a person from an invite-only project, tap the “…” icon next to the project’s name and choose “Manage”. Now go to the “Members” section. Hit the “>” button next to the name of a person you wish to remove.

In this view, you can change that persons' access settings in this project. Use the “Remove from Project” option. Save the changes with the “Done” button and confirm your choice by hitting the “Confirm” button.

Remove a person from project

In the same view, you can also grant someone a Manager status. A manager can change a project’s name, as well as add new users to the project or remove them from it.

How to archive a project

To archive a project, you have to end it. Open the project, then hit the “…” next to its name and choose “Manage”. Tap on the “End project” section. Confirm ending the project.

Ending a project

Your project will now be archived. Its name will be displayed as crossed out, and it will disappear from the Active projects list. It will also no longer show up on the Followed projects lists of anyone who followed it. The information about that project being ended will also show up in the Activity view of all people who has access to it.

Restoring a project

If you wish, you can restore an ended project at any time.

Hit the “…” icon next to the “Active projects” list, then choose “View ended projects”. Find the project you want to restore and tap on it. Now hit the “…” icon next to its name on the app’s top panel, choose “Manage” and select “Restore”. Confirm your choice.

Restoring a project

Your project and all tasks within it will be restored.

Deleting a project

You can delete a project only after ending it.

Once you end a project, hit the “…” icon next to its name again, choose “Manage” and select “Delete”. You will be asked to enter the project’s name - it’s an extra step to make sure that you’re deleting the right project.

Please note that once you remove a project, you won’t be able to retrieve it. That’s why we suggest ending your projects instead of removing them from our database.