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Tips for getting started with boards

Tips for getting started with boards

The world is changing faster than ever before, and so is the way we work. With so many of us working remotely now, it can be hard to keep up with day-to-day tasks, track projects, and maintain effective collaboration with our teams and colleagues.

There has never been a greater need for tools that can help us not only efficiently manage our workflows, but help them to thrive.


What is

Empowering your business to effectively plan, run and track projects, processes, and everyday work, all in one easy-to-use platform, is the ultimate Work Operating System. is the best tool for creating custom workflows that align with your business objectives. It helps you avoid hidden delays and added costs.

What is a board?

Boards are the central hub of workflows.

They're fully interactive and are great tools for cross-team collaboration. Customised to meet your team's needs, boards give you the ability to track and manage all elements of your workflows. 

Be it keeping up with recurring, everyday 'business as usual' tasks or multi-step campaigns and projects, boards give you complete transparency so you and your team can communicate and get things done.

In this article, the first in our blog series, we take a deep dive into boards and how to create your own boards on

Teams building a board

How to create a board on

To create a board on, click on the '+ Add' button on the left pane on your screen and then select 'New Board'. You can also choose to import a new board from Excel, Google Sheets, Trello, and more from the same menu or choose from a pre-prepared template.

GIF illustrating how to create a board on

What is the structure of boards?

There are four main components to a board:

  1. Groups help you organise and categorise the information on your boards based on your preference.
  2. Columns allow you to customise how your data is displayed and help bring your board to life!
  3. Items are the individual rows on the board. Items help manage and track all kinds of data, whether it is projects, tasks, clients, or much more. 
  4. Subitems let you add an additional level of information within the items on your board, handy for extra detail that could be useful for those viewing your board.

Board ownership - what is a board owner?

A board owner is either:

  1. The person who created the board or;
  2. Subscribers of the board which the board creator has chosen to be co-owners of the board. Only the initial owner of the board and admins of the account can add other owners to the board. 

The board owner can change the board type, set restrictions on boards and change the board owner (a helpful feature if your board owner is leaving the team and needs to hand the reins to somebody else).

GIF illustrating how to change the board owner in

What are the different board types?


Only team members within your account can access main boards. A team member can be an admin, a member or a viewer. There is an infinite number of main boards you can create, and these are visible to all of your team members in your account.

Looking to keep your whole team updated on a project? Or perhaps you have some team-wide updates you'd like to share (new hire onboarding, for example)? Then main boards are the tool for you.


Has the CEO asked you for a project update but doesn't have access to your board? Are you working with a freelancer and need to brief them on project timelines and deliverables? If so, we recommend using shareable boards.

Shareable boards allow you to share a board with people outside your team or organisation, including clients, internal stakeholders without access to your board, or freelancers. You can invite these people as guests within your account to specific shareable boards.


Are you working on a project you aren't quite ready to share yet? Or do you have a board you use specifically to keep track of confidential information? 

Then private boards are the perfect solution for you.

Only the person who created the board can view a private board. These boards are great for internal use, as you can still invite specific team members (as either viewers or members) to view your private board.

However, it is important to note that private boards cannot be shared with people outside of your organisation, and therefore you cannot invite guests to view a private board.

How to change board types

To change your board type, start by clicking the three-dot menu at the top right of your screen and click 'Board setting'. Next, select 'Change board type’ and pick which board type you'd like to change it to.

Only the owner of the board can change the board type in If you are not the board owner but would like to make changes to the board type, you will need to be granted permission by the board owner.

GIF illustrating how to change board types

Keep team members informed using board description

So if you've created your board in but want to add in more details to help your team members understand what the board is for and how it should be used, then use the board description feature to set out your instructions. 

The board description is a handy feature for, say, marketing teams who have set up a marketing plan board. In the board description, you can let your team members know that the board should be used to map out goals and metrics, set target audiences or personas, keep on top of deadlines, etc.

To add a board description, click on the 'i' icon to the right of your board. You will then be able to view and edit the board's description. Here you will also be able to see additional relevant information about the board, including who created the board, its owners and which Workspace it can be found in.

GIF illustrating how to view and edit board descriptions

How to sort and filter your board

Another useful feature to help keep your workspaces neat and tidy is the sort and filter tools.

The sort and filter tools allow you to see only specific items relevant to you and let you customise your boards so that you can drill down and focus on what you're looking for.

To sort items on your board, click the 'Sort' icon at the top of your board, and then '+Add new sort'. From here, you can set the exact parameters that you'd like to sort your board by. For example, you can choose to reorder the items on your board to see the status of each item and easily view which are marked as ‘Done'.

GIF showing how to sort a board on

To filter your board, click on the 'Filter' button at the top of your screen and choose the data parameters that you'd like to display. For example, you can use the filter feature to easily see all items assigned to a specific team member.

GIF showing how to filter your board

How to see who has viewed your board

To see who last viewed your board, look to the top right of your board, where you'll see the icons of those who most recently viewed your board.

By clicking on any of the icons, you can open up the complete log of your board views and who has seen your board and when. You can also find the activity log in the same area to get a full breakdown of recent board activities.

GIF showing how to see board views

How to print a board

Want to bring your board out of the digital realm and into ours? Perhaps you're running a team brainstorming session and want to make notes and jot down ideas as you go. You can customise and print your boards to bring those team sessions to life!

To print a board, click on the three-dot menu located at the top right of the screen. Choose 'More actions' and then 'Print board'.

After you select 'Print board', you will see the print preview and print settings that you can adjust. 

How to customise your printed board

Before printing your board, you can customise the settings so that your print displays what you want to see. For example, as most boards are quite wide, you may want to print it in landscape mode and zoom out to display all of the columns you need on your printed board.

You can do this by adjusting the print settings to display 'Landscape' as the layout and customising the scale of the print accordingly so that it can show all of the columns in one printed paper.

Once you've chosen your desired settings, click 'Print' and voila! You have your customised, printed board on paper.

GIF showing how to print a board

How to archive your board

Avoid clutter and getting lost in a sea of boards by archiving those you no longer need.

To archive a board in, click on the three-dot menu at the top right of your board, then select ‘Archive board’.

Archiving a board will store that board in the 'archives section' and can be retrieved at any time.

The archiving function is a great way to keep your workspace clean and organised. It allows you to store a board you're no longer using but aren't quite ready to say goodbye to for good. 

For example, perhaps it was crucial to an integral project you were working on that has now been completed, and you'd like to use it as a template in the future.

How to delete a board in 

You can also permanently delete a board in

To delete a board in, click on the same three-dot menu you used to archive your board but this time select ‘Delete board’.

Once you delete a board in, it will remain in your recycle bin for 30 days. So, if you're having second thoughts and want to get one last look at your board, you can retrieve it within that period before being automatically deleted permanently. 

We recommend using the archiving function as the primary solution over board deletion. 

For example, board delete should only really be used to delete boards that were created in error or were never properly used.

GIF showing how delete and archive a board

What should you do next?

And there we have it, a complete how-to guide on getting started with boards. Now, have a go at creating your own customised boards, and feel free to be creative!

Click here for ten top tips on customising your board designs.

If you're still not sure where to get started or have any other queries, please feel free to get in touch with one of our in-house experts and request a free demo today!

Also, be sure to check out our hub page for all the latest news, resources and tools to help you supercharge your workflows.

And as our friends and like to say, ‘Done'.

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About the authors

Charlie Courtney

Charlie Courtney

Charlie is the Content Marketing Manager for our New Ecosystems Team at Adaptavist, with over eight years of experience in Marketing and Business Development in B2B and B2C. Charlie is responsible for planning, creating and implementing integrated content marketing campaigns to help promote our and Slack products and services.