Using Card View to Visualize Your Project

With Card View, you and the people you work with can organize tasks, work items, or ideas into actionable groups to more easily take action on them. Moving an item from one group to another—from To Do to Done or from one assignee to another for example—can be accomplished by dragging a card from one lane to the next.

Card View can be adapted to suit a number of project management methodologies (including agile). If you’re familiar with Scrum or Kanban, you’ll find that Card View in Smartsheet functions much the way a Scrum or Kanban board does.

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NOTE: Currently, printing from Card View is limited to individual cards only.


Working in Card View

Switch to Card View by clicking the Card View button  in the left toolbar.

Use the buttons in the upper-right corner of the Smartsheet window to switch between compact view (show the title of the card only) or full view.

Card View with View by menu selected

Setting Up Card View

Card View works in any new or existing sheet as long as that sheet includes at least one Dropdown List or Contact List column. The values specified for the dropdown list are what will appear at the top of the Card View window (the lanes). For more information about column types, check out our Column Types article in the Help Center.

To start a new Card View sheet from a template, click Home and then select Create New > Kanban Sheet.

NOTE: You can also use Card View with data that you import from Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, Microsoft Project, or Trello.

Once in Card View, you’ll work with lanes and cards. For more information about working with cards, see Card View: Creating, Editing, and Sharing Cards.


  1. Lanes Labels at the top of the Card View window define the lanes. Card View will display a maximum of 50 lanes.
  2. Cards The tasks or work items that appear within the lanes. (In Grid View, each card appears as a separate row.)
  3. Fields The items that appear on the cards. To see the field name associated with a value, hover the mouse over the value.

    Mouse Hover Over a Value in a Card .

Working with Card View Lanes

Smartsheet gives you the flexibility to change what appears at the top of the Card View window so that you can organize cards the way you need to.

To get started, click the View by list in the upper-right corner of the Smartsheet window and select the grouping that you want to switch to. For example, in the project shown in the picture below, you might choose to change from Status to Size.
View by menu in Card View

The View by setting is unique to you. That is, others who view the sheet won’t be impacted if you select a different value in View by. Anyone with access to the sheet can choose to use a different View by setting as they see fit.

In Card View, a lane is equivalent to a value in a dropdown column in Grid View; so, each available option in View by represents a dropdown list column in your sheet.

NOTE: If you switch to display lanes for which some cards don’t have field entries, those cards will be placed into a lane named Uncategorized. You can drag these cards into the appropriate lanes, or, if it doesn’t make sense to sort them, you can leave them in Uncategorized. (Cards will also go into the Uncategorized lane if number of lanes exceed the 50-entry display maximum.)

Show or Hide a Lane

If you're working with a sheet that includes multiple lanes, you may want to collapse or expand them to make it easier to focus on only a few groups of cards at a time. Here's how you would do that:

  • To collapse lane (for example, to hide the Uncategorized lane), hover the mouse over the right edge of the lane that you want to collapse, and click the collapse lane arrow:

     Collapse a Lane arrow
     
  • To expand a collapsed lane, hover the mouse at the end of the column name and click the expand lane arrow: 

    Expand Lane arrow

Re-Order Lanes

The easiest way to change the order of lanes in Card View is to drag them.  (You must have owner- or admin-level sharing permissions to a sheet to edit or re-order lanes—if you don't have the right permissions, you won't be able to drag lanes.) Note that when you drag a lane you'll also change the order of the values in the dropdown column that it's associated with.

Add a Lane

To add an additional lane, click Add Lane (to the right of the right-most lane) and type a name for the lane.

Add Lane button

Depending on your View by setting, you can name a new lane with a dropdown list or contact value:

  • Dropdown List—When you add a lane while viewing by a dropdown list column, the name of the new lane will also be added as a value to the dropdown list. For example, if you add a lane while View by is set to Status, the new lane name will be added as an item in the dropdown list for the Status column in Grid and Gantt Views.
  • Contact List—When you add a lane while viewing by a contact column (Assigned To, for example), you can type the new lane name and choose from your available contacts.

    Name Contact Lane

    More information on available contacts can be found in the Assigning People to a Task article.

Change the Name of a Lane 

To rename a lane, double-click the lane name and type the new name. Press [Enter] to accept the change. Depending on your View by setting, you can name a new lane with a contact or dropdown list value:

  • Dropdown List—When you change the name of a lane while viewing by a Dropdown List column, the underlying value in the list will also be changed. Any cards that exist in the lane will be updated to use the new name.
  • Contact List—When you change the name of a lane while viewing by a Contact List column, you can type the name from your available contacts.

    As you type, a list will expand underneath the name field to display your available contacts. Once the contact you want becomes highlighted, press [Enter] to accept the contact as the name of the lane.

    Name Contact Lane

    More information on available contacts can be found in the Assigning People to a Task article. 

Merge Contact Lanes

When you select a contact column in View by, you may have multiple lanes with cards that are intended to be assigned to one person. For example, you may have multiple lanes named Sally Smart (if Sally is assigned to cards with more than one email address), or you may have a lane named Sally and another lane named Sally Smart. You'll have more than one lane because both the name and the email address of a contact need to match, otherwise they are treated as separate people with their own lanes.

You can merge lanes by changing the names of lanes as needed for the contacts to match exactly—having the same contact name and email address.

Two Sally Lanes

Once two lanes are named with the same contact (same name and email address), a window appears for you to confirm that you want to merge the lanes. Select Merge to combine the lanes or select Cancel to undo the change to the name of the lane and keep the lanes separate.

Merged Sally Lane


Moving Cards

To move a card, drag it within a lane or across lanes.

Moving a card up or down within a lane will not affect its contents. In contrast, when you move a card from one lane to another, the value for the field will be updated to reflect the value of the lane into which you moved the card. For example, if you move a card from a lane named Client Summary to one named Pending Sale (as in the picture above), the field value for State will change from "Client Summary" to "Pending Sale" (you’ll see this change if you open the card to edit it or if you switch to Grid View).


Publishing from Card View

Anyone with Owner or Admin permissions to a sheet can use Smartsheet's Publish feature to share that sheet with others via a unique URL.

Here's how you can specify Card View as the default view for a published sheet:

  1. Click the Publish tab at the lower portion of the Smartsheet window.
  2. Click on the slider under Read Only - Full or Edit by Anyone and set it to ON.

    This will
    create a shareable link.
     
  3. Click Get Link to to display the Publish Links form and specify options for the link.
  4. In the Publish Links form, under Publish Settings, select Card under Default View.

    Publish form


     

For more information about Publishing to share a sheet from in Smartsheet, see our Help Center article Publishing Sheets & Reports.
 


Sharing Permissions and Card View

What you can do in Card View will depend on your sharing permission level for the sheet. For details about specific actions you can take in Card View, see the following table. For more general information about sharing permission levels in Smartsheet, please see Sharing Permission Levels.
 

  Viewer Editor Admin Owner
Change the order of or edit the names of lanes     X X
Change which fields appear on a card     X X
Modify the content in a card, add an attachment or discussion, or set a reminder   X X X
Change a color bar for a card   X X X
Reorder cards within a lane or move cards across lanes   X X X
Use the View by menu to view a different collection of lanes X X X X
Turn the applied filter on or off X X X X
Naming a filter to save it   X X X

 



Video Demo: Card View

For an instructional demonstration on Card View, please review the video walk-through below:

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