We won’t tell you how awesome Trello is because you already know it. Instead, we’ll move right on and introduce you to some of the best tools that take Trello’s functionality a notch or two higher.
Today, we’ll focus on browser extensions that make your favorite project management tool better. While Chrome users have the most choices, Firefox and Safari users also have a few decent options. Opera users, listen up! You can install Chrome extensions in Opera, so go ahead and take advantage of the ones listed here.
The Official Trello Tools
Before we get to the extensions, let’s take a quick look at the tools that come straight from the makers of Trello.
Add this bookmarklet to your bookmarks bar, and when you’re on any page that you would like to turn into a Trello card, click on the bookmark. Here’s an overview of bookmarklets, just in case you need one.
This one also allows you to create cards from any webpage. It even lets you search for Trello boards from the Chrome omnibar. The extension is well executed, so you won’t need to look for a third-party replacement. Firefox users can install Web Clipper for Trello to add cards from any webpage.
1?? Type "t" in your address bar.
2?? Search for your boards.
Get the Trello Chrome extension: https://t.co/dCPlbfD4rI
— Trello (@trello) July 29, 2016
The Trello Board Email
Every board in your Trello account comes with an email address that’s unique to that board and to you, the user. Any emails that you send or forward to this address get turned into cards on the corresponding board. Here’s how to create cards by email.
Now, on to those browser extensions for Trello.
1. Card Numbers for Trello (Chrome, Safari)
It would be so convenient if you could refer to Trello cards using numbers during team discussions, right? Someone else thought so, too, and they came up with Card Numbers for Trello. This Chrome extension labels cards as #1, #2, #3, and so on in the order that you create them on the board. This makes it easy for everyone to identify which card is under discussion. Less confusion all around, for sure! You might have to refresh the page for the card numbers to show up.
The extension is also available for Safari. The Safari version comes from a different developer. It’s based off the original (Chrome) extension though.
If you’re a Firefox user, you can display card numbers with Trello Card Numbers, which also has a Chrome version, by the way. If you would rather use a bookmarklet instead of an extension, try showTrelloCardNumbers.
2. Boards for Trello (Chrome, Firefox, Safari)
You know that menu you get when you click on the Boards button at the top left in Trello? Boards for Trello puts that menu in a pop-up box in your browser’s extension toolbar. This gives you one-click view and search access to all your boards.
In Chrome, the pop-up box alerts you to new notifications as well. If you want to read notifications in the popup itself and star/unstar boards, you’ll need to upgrade to the PRO version of the extension.
3. Ultimello (Chrome)
Ultimello adds one of the most sought-after features to Trello — the ability to sort cards. You can rearrange cards by name, due date, label, creation date, and so on. But this sorting is only for visual clarity in the interface and is visible only to you. It’s also temporary, which means that you don’t have to worry that you’ll mess up the card arrangement accidentally.
If you would like to save the sort order, you can do that with the Apply current sorting option. Once you do this, the Trello app on all your devices reflects this new sort order.
The extension also brings two other features to Trello: card count for each list and card connections. Even without those, Ultimello would be worth installing because it adds sorting and gets it right.
While there don’t seem to be any Firefox add-ons for sorting cards, there is one for displaying the card count. It’s called Trello Card Counter and it adds the number of cards in a list next to the list name.
4. Pomello (Chrome)
If you struggle to stay on track when you’re working, Pomello may be just what you need. As you might have guessed from its name, the Pomello app is a combination of the Pomodoro technique and Trello.
Pomello displays your Trello tasks (one at a time) next to a Pomodoro timer in a bright-red box in your browser. Does that seem too “in your face”? That’s the point — Pomello is here to remind you what you need to be working on. The extension is also available as a desktop app (Win, Mac, Linux).
5. Tunnel Vision (Chrome)
Like Pomello above, Tunnel Vision aims to keep you focused on your work. It does this by lining up your next available Trello tasks in each new tab.
There’s a Safari version of the extension coming up. You can sign up for updates about it on Tunnel Vision’s website.
6. Export for Trello (Chrome)
If your question is “How do I export data from a Trello board to an Excel sheet?” then Export for Trello is the answer. You’ll see the list name, card name, due date, and the label in the spreadsheet. The card URL also appears, which makes it easy to jump to specific cards in Trello right from the sheet instead of hunting for them on the board.
Using Export for Trello is straightforward. Click on the Show Menu button at the top right on the Trello board that you want to export. From the fly-out sidebar that appears, click on More > Print and Export > Export Excel. If you can’t see that option after installing the extension, you might need to refresh Trello a couple of times.
Wonder what will happen to your archived cards? They will show up in a separate tab in the spreadsheet.
7. Scrum for Trello (Chrome, Firefox, Safari)
Trello mimics the Scrum task board in many ways, which makes it a good fit for managing Scrum projects online. What about missing Scrum elements like story points and estimates though? How do you integrate those with Trello? Scrum for Trello answers that question by bringing some useful Scrum functionality to your Trello boards.
8. Trellists: Trello Lists Master (Chrome)
Horizontal scrolling to jump between lists can get tedious after a while, especially if you have many, many lists on one board. Trellists fixes that problem for you by allowing you to hide the lists that you don’t want to see. It adds a bar at the top of each board with the names of all the lists on that board.
When you click on the name of any list in that top bar, it disappears from view and its name now appears grayed out in the bar. Click on its name again and the list is back.
The ability to toggle lists on and off means that you don’t have to go back and forth through your lists so much to view the right one. If you would prefer to switch to a vertical layout for lists instead of hiding them, try List Layouts for Trello.
More Awesome Trello Tools
Given below are some other Trello tools that you’ll want to explore. We highlighted some of them when we wrote about the essential Trello integrations that make your job easier.
- Gmail to Trello — Create a Trello card from the current email thread in Gmail.
- Plus for Trello — Add timers, hashtags, reports, and so on to Trello.
- Nests for Trello — Create nested boards to finesse the details of your projects and keep an eye on the big picture.
- Timeneye and Punchtime — Track time within Trello.
- trelloBlur — Blur card details in one go while sharing screenshots of your board.
- Elegantt for Trello — Generate Gantt charts from your Trello data.
- ABoards for Trello — Use the Trello web app on your Windows 10 desktop.
@sachittandukar We can not directly endorse any third party apps, but we have heard good things about ABoards.
— Trello Support (@trellosupport) September 13, 2016
Note: Browser updates can sometimes throw an extension out of whack. If that happens, disable the extension, re-enable it, and refresh the browser to get everything working again. It’s not a sure fix, but it often works.
As great a tool Trello already is, the extensions above make it way better. But remember that using the right extensions does not fix any flaws in your project management strategy itself. To plan and manage multiple projects well, you need to begin with a foolproof system.
Share your favorite Trello extensions and bookmarklets with us. We would love it if you highlight good Trello extensions for browsers that are not Chrome, because those seem to be in short supply right now.