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How to Use Tutorial for Beginners

How to Use 2024 Project Management Guide is one of the best project management tools, but its many options may perplex you. Have no fear, though. We’ll show you how to use and explain how to get the most out of this project management software.

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Last Updated: 2024-02-07T12:00:00+00:00

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It should come as no surprise that many project managers (our in-house experts included) think is the bee’s knees of work management tools. In fact, is so good at managing workflow that it topped our list of best project management software, and we praised it heavily in our review, which you can read by clicking those links. 

Key Takeaways: Guide to Using

  • is a powerful project management tool that incorporates many popular methods of task management that allow you to manage teams and view a project’s scope efficiently.
  • Some of its features include automations, kanban boards, Gantt charts and timelines. 
  • While is free to use, keep in mind that features subscription tiers with different features, such as integrations and automations.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to get started with and how to use it to manage tasks and team members. You’ll learn about the dashboard, automations and integrations, and how to see the big picture when managing simple and complex projects alike.

  • 01/18/2023 Facts checked

    Rewrote the guide and updated the article to use a new how-to format.

How to Use Getting Started

Here at Cloudwards, we’ve tested dozens of project management tools, and we admit that can look a little more daunting than most. However, we promise this project management tool is easy to master. If you’re a project manager who’s new to this work management platform, after reading this guide, you’ll be ready to make informed decisions about projects and manage multiple boards and team members.

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You’ll need to sign up for a account to get started. We suggest you give the trial a go to determine which tier you’d like to sign up for a paid plan at the end of the sneak peek.

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  1. Creating a Account

    Head over to the website. From the homepage, click the “get started” button in the top menu or the main body of the webpage. Next, you’ll enter your email, or signup by using a Google account. get started
  2. Enter Basic Data and Accept the Terms of Service

    After you’ve entered your email address, will ask you for your name and an account name. Make sure to read the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy before continuing. name and terms of service
  3. Confirm How You’ll Use the Software

    First, you’ll be asked what task brings you here (work, business, etc.). Next, select your role, and how many people are on your team and in your organization. You’ll also be asked what you’d like to manage. For example, product management, marketing and software development are a few choices. Select the option that answers each question, and click “Continue.” basic setup questions
  4. Adding Project Team Members

    The next step is to invite team members via their email addresses. You can also decide if a team member will have admin privileges or if they’ll just be a member. Click the “invite your team” button when all email addresses have been entered. Now, you’ll have team members to delegate specific tasks to. If you have no team members, click “remind me later.” add team members

How to Set Up Your First Board & Workspace

We have now set up many of the basics for your account. Still, there’s a little way to go before we can track a project. For that, you’ll need a board.

  1. Creating Your First Board

    As part of the sign-up process, will ask you to create your first board. To get started, enter the name of your board. It would be wise to name it after your upcoming task. When finished, click the “next” button. creating your first board
  2. Choose What You’d Like to Manage

    In this step, you need to tell what you’d like to manage. You’ll be given multiple options that range from items, to employees, to projects, to leads. Click the radio button next to the best option, or enter a custom item to manage. To progress, click “next.” board options
  3. Enter Your Current Projects

    As a project manager, you’ll likely have multiple projects to track. The good news is that you can enter up to three projects to get started. Simply click in the fields, enter your project name and repeat the steps as needed. If you don’t have multiple projects, you can delete the fields by clicking “X.” Afterward, hit “next” to continue. listing projects
  4. Creating Your First Groups

    Now that you have your project(s) listed, you can create groups. During the initial setup, allows you to start two groups to help track multiple teams and processes. You can also name the groups. However, if you do not need multiple groups, you can delete one by pressing “X.” When you have finished, click the “get started” button. grouping projects
  5. Setting Up Another Board

    If you want to create a board outside of the set-up process, go to the work management view, click “+ add” on the left side, then select “new board.”

    monday create boards

How to Organize Your Board

Congratulations! You’ve created your account and your first project management workspace. Now we can show you how to organize, manage projects with columns and track individual tasks, as well as look at all the tools that offers, including a Gantt View and so much more.

How to Set Up & Use Columns utilizes columns in a table view to give you at-a-glance information for individual tasks and team members. The board you’ve created comes with a few pre-populated columns. These columns are project, person, status (which is great for bug tracking) and date. Now, we’ll show you how to create, remove and organize your columns.

  1. Adding Columns to Your Groups

    Adding columns is straightforward. There’s a plus sign on the right-hand side of the columns. Click the plus, and choose which column you’d like to add. If you can’t see the column you need, press the “more columns” option at the bottom of the menu.

    how to add columns
  2. Deep Dive Into Columns

    Spend time looking at the column options. You’ll see time-tracking widgets for projects and time zones, and a time-tracking widget for employees. You can even create columns with permissions for team member communication. The project management tools are designed to improve work management, track progress and streamline workflow. Don’t be intimidated by these tools; they’re here to make your life easier.

    deep dive into columns
  3. Organizing Columns

    You’ll be pleased to know that column organizing is a piece of cake. To organize your columns into a flow that makes sense to you and your teams, click and hold the column you want to move, and drag it left or right to reposition. Let go of the column when it’s positioned correctly.

    moving columns
  4. Deleting Columns

    If you add too many columns to your project, don’t worry, you can quickly delete them. Click on the three dots in the top right of each column, and from the pop-out menu, select delete. By default, stores deleted columns in a recycle bin for 30 days in case you want to re-activate them.


    deleting columns

 It’s worth noting that organizing columns can also be achieved by clicking the three dots that appear in the top right of each column. Clicking the dots produces a menu with options such as duplicate, add a column to the right, filter, sort and rename. You can use these options to further organize your project.

How to Use Views

The main table view is excellent for a quick overview; however, more board views — like a kanban view, a timeline view and a Gantt chart — allow for better project management. Let’s learn how to use these alternate views.

  1. Add New Views

    To add a view, click the plus sign located under your board’s title. When you do this, a menu with view options will appear. Next, choose which view you’d like to add. For this guide, we’ll go with the kanban view. The new view is created as soon as you click which view you want.

    how to add a view
  2. Switch to Your Kanban View

    Switching from the table view to your other views is simple. Your kanban view is located next to the “main table” tab. Click the name of the newly created view to switch to it. You can organize each view by dragging and dropping the cards and elements.

    select your new view
  3. Utilize Split View

    When in the kanban view, you can move to a split view. To enable this view, select it from the menu on the right. You can then see both the kanban board and the main table. This view lets you see lots of data, and offers an easy way to manage all the moving parts of your project. To return to a full-screen view, select “full screen” from the menu on the right.

    switch between full and split view

How to Use the Dashboard

The dashboard offers a clear overview of different boards, projects, tasks, timelines and teams. Think of it as a central hub that can house different views and data that allows you to maximize work management and workflow. In this section, we’ll create an example dashboard view and show you how to use it to track the progress of your project.

  1. Create a Dashboard View

    Creating a dashboard couldn’t be simpler. Next to the left-hand side search box, click the plus icon. From the menu, select “new dashboard.” Next, give the dashboard a name, and choose if you want the board to be private or visible to your teams.

    create a new dashboard
  2. Using Dashboard Widgets

    You can add widgets to the main dashboard view that helps track tasks and projects, workflow and more. Select one of the available widgets to customize your dashboard. To add more widgets, click the “add widget” button in the top-left corner. Next, select the widget you want to use by clicking it. dashboard widgets
  3. Organizing Widgets

    Now, you need to organize your widgets. You can drag and drop the widgets into any order, and resize them by clicking and dragging them from their corner. If you want to delete a widget, click the three dots to open a menu, and select delete. When it comes to managing tasks and workflow, the dashboard is the most powerful tool on offer.

    resize and organize widgets

How to Use Integrations With 

Integrations help take the work up a notch. However, keep in mind that different integrations are unlocked at various price tiers. Therefore, some features might not be available to you or your business on your current plan. 

There are many integrations to choose from on For example, Slack, Google Calendar, Gmail and Outlook are all here. You can even integrate CRM software. We won’t go into full detail because there’s too much to cover, but this section will help you get started.

  1. Adding Integrations

    You can connect your account to other services by heading to the “apps” tab in the left-hand menu. Click the app icon, and a pop-up menu with various app options will appear.

    adding integrations
  2. Selecting Integrations

    You can search for a specific integration from the app screen by using the category list on the left, or you can search for an app by name using the search bar. For this example, we’ll search for and select Google Drive.

    search for integrations
  3. Activating Integrations

    To integrate a service, click on the application. A screen showing how the service works with your projects will appear. Next, click the “add to board” button. The application will now be integrated into your project. Repeat these steps for any other integrations you’d like to add.

    activate the integration

How to Use Automations

Automations within automate repetitive tasks. For example, automations can notify teams about task progress; you can also create an automation to automatically archive a project once marked complete. Let’s look at how to create an automation on 

  1. Creating Automations

    To set up an automation, you’ll first need to click the “automate” button, which is located at the top right of your group screen. Clicking this button will launch the automations center.

    creating automations
  2. Using the Automations Center

    The automations center is where you can find automation templates and create your own automations. Many common automations have pre-made templates, so unless you need a complex task automated, there should be a template for you. We’ll pick a template that automates notifications when a change is made to an item’s status.

    choosing automations
  3. Activating Automations

    When you’ve found an automation you like, click on it. You’ll now see a recipe page where you can define the automation’s “who” and “what” details. For example, our automation needs to know that a specific person needs to be notified when the status on an item is changed to done. Enter the information in the given fields, then click “create automation.”

    activating automations
  4. Managing Automations

    Fortunately, it’s easy to manage automations. There’s a tab in the automations center called “board automations.” From here, you can turn off automations by toggling the on/off switch, or delete them by clicking the three dots and selecting “delete automation.” You can also duplicate or save an automation by clicking on their respective links.

    managing automations

Final Thoughts: Using for Managing Projects

We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide on how to use project management software. As you’ve seen, is a comprehensive tool that makes project management easy. 

Thanks to automations, integrations and a great user interface, allows you to manage data for business and personal use with minimal fuss. is one platform that should not be overlooked, especially since it offers a solid free plan that can easily be upgraded depending on your needs.

What do you think about Do you think it’s a tool that you could use to improve work management in your business? Will you sign up for the free trial to see how it can help control your tasks? Let us know in the comment section below, and thanks for reading.


  • is an online tool that allows managers to track and delegate tasks. Project members can log in to a board via a web browser or phone app, and manage their specific project from start to finish. The inclusion of a kanban board, a timeline view, Gantt charts and more make managing a project easy.

  • Regarding usability, is one of the best task managers around. The set-up tutorials can help you get up to speed, and the process includes many hints and tips. There are also many guides on the site.

  • Yes, you can use to handle a personal task or project. You may find that the free account has all the tools you need for a personal project.

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