Bulk task creation in planner.
It should be possible to mass-create tasks in planner. When you manage ad-hoc team tasks on a daily basis- it's manageable.
But when you'd like to plan some work over a longer period of time and have a lot of tasks to assign- it's not suitable to do that one by one.
If you take SharePoint- it's possible to create a list of tasks by copying them from excel (task list can be edited in 'excel-like' mode). Something similar should be available in Teams to really take advantage of the planner functionality.
Amos Ahola commented
Key feature, would be handy to assign a task to all employees, such as "Familiarize yourself with the Covid instructions."
This isn't necessarily an import feature, rather could be "create task to all O365 group members."
Here there is a similar idea with more votes: https://planner.uservoice.com/forums/330525-microsoft-planner-feedback-forum/suggestions/11730708-import-tasks-from-excel
Yep. I have a spreadsheet with a bunch of tasks and who i need to assign them to and now need to create one task at a time in Planner. Not very efficient. Maybe Trello is a better option.
I agree!! Used this function a lot while working in Trello and I really myss it... Please make this happen asap
I just want to see a table with 3 columns (task/assignee/due date), that I can copy paste into from meeting minutes and from Microsoft project.
The planner is currently too slow and tedious to make it a useful feature..
I have 150 Students in different channels and different groups. I have to assign same tasks every semester to different students and different student groups. So MASS processing of tasks and assignments is crucial feature from my point of view.
Scott Eller commented
Please add mass assign.
Stephen Powers commented
I would also like to see this feature. perhaps in some form of tree/excel structure for the various fields. I currently support 300 restaurants and have to update certain terminals in each restaurant because they are end of life. So I would like to have a task that is each resturant and a checklist that is each terminal. So many restaurants a week for dates incremented. Not that anyone cares about my business, but feel like this example helps explain why this is so important.
steve 'berto' bertolacci commented
In Asana, if you copy a series of lines from Excel, Word, etc. the line breaks create the next task. Then it's all copy/pasta.
Mark Crain commented
You can use Microsoft Form + Flow to create tasks and assign them to people and put them into appropriate buckets. Currently I dont believe you can auto attach items and create checklists for them.
Agree, we should be able to "bulk" load tasks
I need to be able to assign a number of tasks in a planner for a project team to one person, it is taking a frustratingly long time to do this individually.
Couldn't agree more - I've just started using planner and I'm quite annoyed I can't create tasks in bulk.