How to install the Trello app on macOS and why you should

Read how to install the Trello app on macOS and why it makes your project management even easier.

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Trello is a powerful project management tool with one of the best Kanban board options available. Although Trello makes it very easy to work with your projects in any web browser, there is also a desktop app for Linux, macOS, and Windows.

Why install yet another application on your MacBook or iMac when a browser will do? Well, first of all, you’ll get better desktop notifications if you use the official app on macOS. Sure, you can get Trello notifications in a browser, but to use this feature, you need to have this Trello tab open at all times. With the Trello app, these notifications appear whether the app is open or not.

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Another feature found in the desktop app rather than the browser version is more keyboard shortcuts, such as:

  • CMND + 1-9: Opens boards you have marked and easily switches between them.
  • CMND+ SHIFT + D: Sets a default board. Once set, you can switch to it with CMND+D.
  • CMND + R: Make all recent changes go live immediately.
  • CMND + SHIFT+B: View a list of all your boards.
  • CMND + SHIFT + N: Opens a new Trello app window.
  • CMND + Plus: Enlarge.
  • CMND + Minus: Zoom out.
  • CMND + 0: Go to default zoom.
  • CMND + P: Print or save the page as a PDF.
  • CMND+ [: Go to the previous page.
  • CMND + ]: Go forward (only available after using the previous shortcut).

You can also create custom shortcuts for things like opening the Trello app and the quick add feature. You’ll also see new activity as a badge on the Trello icon in the macOS Dock, and the Trello app works with macOS’s built-in spell checker.

How to install Trello for macOS

Installing Trello for macOS is very easy. All you have to do is open the App Store, search for Trello, click on the official app listing, click Get (Figure A) and then click Install.

Figure A

The official Trello app can be found in the Apple App Store.
The official Trello app can be found in the Apple App Store.

Once installed, you can find the Trello launcher in the macOS launchpad. Open the app and you will be prompted to sign in or create an account (Figure B).

Figure B

The Trello app login prompt.
The Trello app login prompt.

Once you’ve successfully logged into Trello, you should see your default board if you’ve set one (Figure C).

Figure C

My default Trello board appears as soon as I open the app.
My default Trello board appears as soon as I open the app.

Clicking the gear icon in the upper-right corner of the Trello app window gives you access to the settings. Inside the settings window (Figure D) you can enable the badge feature, set a global shortcut to open the app, configure the “Quick Add” shortcut, set the window style, and enable spell checking.

Figure D

The Trello app settings window.
The Trello app settings window.


There you have it. If you use a macOS device and frequent your Trello boards, you would be remiss if you don’t install and interact with your Trello account through this official application.

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