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Trello Tip: Organizing And Prioritizing With Labels

Label-Feature2Labels are a simple way to add an extra layer of visual data and organization to your Trello cards. By adding labels to cards you not only get information at a glance, but you also have more robust filtering and search capabilities at the tip of your finger. You can use labels in a million different ways: to prioritize tasks, to organize cards by teams, or to catalog a repository of cards by subject.

Look under the hood, however, and you’ll see that their functionality is not just skin deep. Here are some examples of labels being used in the wild:

Product Development


Let’s say you’re developing a new product at your company. You have a team of developers and designers, and you are working on both mobile and desktop environments.  

Create a label for each of your teams and each of your platforms so you can see who is doing what and where it is in the development pipeline.  Create labels for “High Priority” and “Low Priority” tasks so that you can delegate and make sure nothing important falls through the cracks.

Organizing Foodie Finds


If you’re like me and love to get out for a night on the town (ahem, almost every night of the week), then it’s probably worth keeping a repository of your favorite dive bars and pizza joints. This way, you don’t need to overthink where to go for brunch while you’re nursing last night’s hangover.

Create labels for neighborhood locations, styles of food, or for what they do best.  A simple filter based on location and craving and you instantly dial in to culinary delight. Even better, share your board with friends and family that are coming into town so that they can be in the know on where to go.

Label Quick Tips

  • Hover your mouse over a card and use the “L” shortcut to open up the label menu. From there you can add labels to the card, name your labels, change their colors, and create new labels.
  • Each label color also has a corresponding numerical hotkey (0-9) which is in parenthesis on each color in the label menu. Simply hover over a card and press the corresponding numerical hotkey to apply or remove the label.
  • Tap “F” to open your board’s filter and select labels for which you would like to filter.
  • Use the grey label color to create a tag that won’t show up on the front of a card, but will come up in searches.
  • Trello has a colorblind friendly mode that you can enable from your settings page https://trello.com/your/account