26 June 2014

Drag SharePoint Tasks With Mouse, Keys Or Finger

Kanban Task Manager for SharePoint logotype Work with next version of Kanban Task Manager for SharePoint has begun, and today I want to tell you about some new features that are already in place. In the video below you can see how they work.

Task and project management in SharePoint
In the SharePoint version of Kanban Task Manager tasks are virtualized on a SharePoint page. This page reminds of the traditional kanban board with phases or stages for the work process, but it has many more features than the physical board – apart from the obvious advantage of being able to reach over the internet.

Instant Search 
One of the many advantages of a virtual kanban board is that you can search the tasks, something that is impossible in a physical board. Therefore the Kanban Task Manager board has had a search field with a button right from the first version.

Now we are taking the search feature one step further, by introducing the more advanced Instant Search. This means that Kanban Task Manager will start searching the tasks as soon as you start writing in the search field. The search button has been removed, as it is no longer needed.

Move tasks with keyboard or finger
In the current version of Kanban Task Manager we can select tasks either with the mouse or with the arrow keys, but to drag and drop tasks within or between phases you have to use the mouse.
Drag Kanban Task Manager tasks with a finger
In version 3 you can use the keyboard to move the tasks if you prefer that. Press the Control key + the arrows to move a task to a new position. For those of you who use a touch screen, we have also made it possible to drag tasks with a finger.

Zoom into tasks
Kanban Task Manager zoom iconKanban Task Manager has two sizes for the visualized tasks on the SharePoint kanban board,  but in the next version there is another possibility to adapt how much will be shown on the screen: the zoom.

You will be able to zoom in and out just like you can do with a browser page. Use the keys (Ctrl + the plus or minus key), or the new zoom icon on the kanban board.

More features
We hope to release Kanban Task Manager for SharePoint V3 in the fourth quarter of 2014, and before that we will add more of the features you can find on the Plans page. I will tell more about that in a later blog post.

The video above has been replaced with the finished version.

By Peter Kalmstrom
CEO and Systems Designer Business Solutions