Support quotes and wildcard in Search function

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#1

Hi Asana,

Love using your product as our daily workspace. It’s been a few years now, and with our growing amount of content we’re starting to have a hard time with the limited search options. It’s hard to find any information from you about plans to update the Search function so hoping for a response here. Here are our specific issues/requests:

  1. Wildcard search - Any plans to implement? We have several categories of tasks with different prefixes like TT, MS, and SP. We’d like to be able to find all tasks that begin with SP, e.g. searching for SP.xxxx would bring up a task like SP.0123.

  2. Search only task titles - is there any way to only search titles? Currently a keyword search will bring up any task that includes that word in the title OR description.

  3. Quotes - This is the most challenging one for us on a daily basis - a search for a phrase in quotations marks “like this” will search all of our tasks for the words “like” and “this” separately. There seems to be no concept of a phrase search. Additionally we’ve noticed that periods are treated as spaces, and unfortunately our entire numbering system for the past few years has been based around periods, e.g. MS.0123 or SP.0123. We are looking at options where we would need to write a custom script in order to update every single task we’ve ever created so they are more easily searchable. Worried that an update like this will mess up our digital “paper trails.”

  4. Task links not searchable - I’ve already reported this issue with a screencast and was told it would be forwarded to the dev team. Wondering if there’s any update here. We started using the task linking as soon as it became available, and too late realized that if a task is linked, the text is NOT searchable using a keyword search. Now as a work-around we include a plain text task number in front of the link, but we certainly lost some paper trail during the couple months that we didn’t find that bug.


#2

I’d love better search functions too… especially wildcards!


#3

Yes, the wildcard search is absolutely MUST HAVE… I was wery disappointed when I noticed (one year after using asana!) it could’n find just a part of the word…

Please, this is someting what this type of sw should have. Thanks in advanced


#4

I agree with all four requests! Search is why gmail is so amazing. We love asana - but high quality search including wildcards and quote support would definitely make it SO MUCH BETTER.


#5

Yes, this is all crucial.

Anything you can share about this, Asana?


#6

Hi Asana,

Please let me know if there is a feature by which we can search the content within a attachment of the tasks also. Generally we have Word files or pdf files as attachments and It would be really useful if asana consider the content within attachments also which using the search function.

Regards
Ayush