Create a board with different colums for "groups"

Hello - I’m finding it frustrating that I can only create a new board with the same columns for each group. We’re working on creating an e-commerce website, and I’d love to have everything in the same place: tasks, files, links, etc. I’m still new to creating with Monday, and maybe I’m missing something… But for the moment all I can do is create a normal “item” board and just tell everyone to look in the updates and files tabs; I’d rather be able to present those upfront in the board itself. Is this possible??

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Currently, I believe you can only have columns that work across groups! That being said, a cultivated dashboard setup may work for you with curating across multiple boards depending on your needs!

Yes, I’ve thought of the dashboard idea, but that requires creating a board for each type of content, and then pulling from them. I’d love to be able to put together just one board with different types of content directly inside it… Not possible at the moment I guess!

Hi Bonnie :wave:
There’s not a straightforward way to have different data types on one board due to the concept of data normalization.
However, you can use different Views to the same board to patchwork the behavior your after. Simply hide irrelevant columns and filter out the various groups you don’t want to see. That way all the data is on the same board but is accessed from the different views you’ve set up.
Alternatively, just set up a Workspace with separate boards for the different types of data. Then use connected boards columns to define the data relationships and automations to keep things in-sync across boards.
Good luck Bonnie!

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Thank you, that’s a very helpful response! I’ll play around with the options. I’m perfectly capable of navigating tabs when I’m working on something, but I try to keep things simple for the others on the team… :slight_smile:

Happy to help Bonnie!

you can use the views. create a main board with everything you need and then use the filters on a new tab view to hide columns and filter groups, etc. then “save to this view”
your up and downs (columns) on a main board are absolutes, you can only work with your side to sides. (rows)

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Hi Bonnie! did you manage to find a way that works for you?

Hoping to add to the conversation, note that you can also pin columns to the right of the “Name” column on every view.

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This allows you to lock different columns next to the “Name” column, so that if you still need to scroll sideways, the pinned columns will stay visible to the left along the “Name” column… sort of like the “freeze panes” in Excel.

Hope this helps.

ps:

  • Each view can have it’s own columns and order. They will all rest in the “Main” view

  • When adding columns directly on a view (different form the Main view), the new column will only be visible in that view and the Main view. If you want the new column to be visible in every view you can:

  1. Go to each other view and make it visible, or
  2. simply add the new column directly in the main view instead of the tailored view. That will make it visible across from the get-go.

Hey, Juan, thanks for the tip. I didn’t realize we could pin columns; that would make a difference. :slight_smile: It’s not the final solution I’d like (more of a widgetized page) but we’re still working on it!

Glad it helped. If you’re keen I’m happy to jump on a call and have a closer look at what you want and help you brain storm… I have a pretty flexible schedule today :slight_smile:

I think if you want more of a widgetized view you may want to try either adding a blank view (which is essentially a board level dashboard) and tailor it to your needs with widgets, or potentially use the Kanban view.

Alternatively, in my experience the board view solution may look something like this:

  1. Your Main Board is your boards directory. Everything is there but is not where everyone works.
  2. Create tailored views pinning and hiding columns as needed, as well as applying filters (you can have dynamic people filters so that it automatically displays info. where the user is assigned).
  3. Set another view from the ones you’ve created as the default view for the board, so it becomes the landing view on the board.
  4. Lock the views so that only owners can change the board’s structure
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  5. Create Items cards as needed, so that these are available when you click “open” on the item. I normally use this to display fields from the main board, that are secondary to the specific view.