Folders overview

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Folders are part of the ClickUp Hierarchy. Using Folders is optional, but can be helpful for complex workflows. Unlike Lists, Folders do not directly contain tasks, but they can contain multiple Lists.

Screenshot of the ClickUp Hierarchy.

Spaces hold both Folders and standalone Lists. Folders contain one or more Lists, and Lists contain tasks.

What you'll need

Create a Folder

To create a new Folder:

  1. In the left Sidebar, hover over the Space you want to add a Folder to.
  2. Click the ellipsis ... icon.
  3. Click Create new.
  4. Select Folder from the dropdown.
  5. Using the Folder creation window, you can:
    • Use a Folder template.
    • Name the Folder.
    • Create custom statuses.
    • Share the Folder.
    • Add existing Lists to the Folder.
    • Create new Lists to add to the Folder.
  6. Click Create Folder.

Edit, archive, or delete a Folder

To edit an existing Folder:

  1. In the left Sidebar, hover over the Folder you want to edit.
  2. Click the ellipsis ... icon.
  3. Choose from the available editing options:
    • Rename: Rename your Folder.
    • Copy link: Copy the URL of your Folder to quickly share it.
    • Add to favorites: Add the Folder to your favorites.
    • Duplicate: Duplicate the Folder.
    • Move: Move the Folder to a different Space.
    • Templates: Apply a template to your Folder, save your Folder as a new template, or update an existing Folder template.
    • Folder settings: Edit Automations, Custom Fields, statuses, or sorting for your Folder.
    • Sharing & Permissions: Edit the sharing and permissions of your Folder.
    • Archive: Archive your Folder. This lets you access your data in the future if you need it!
    • Delete: Delete your Folder.

Customize Folder colors

Categorize Folders by color. Use the default RAG (red, amber, green) options to prioritize projects, or use colors of your choice. You can label colors to further specify their purpose. 

To add a color to your Folder:

  1. In your left Sidebar, click the Folder icon to the left of the Folder name you want to customize.
  2. Select one of the default RAG colors or select Add/edit colors to choose another.

To add a color label to your Folder:

  1. In your left Sidebar, click the Folder icon to the left of the Folder name you want to customize.
  2. Click Add/edit colors.
  3. Click the text area on any color to label it. 

Screenshot of someone adding labels to Folder colors.

Folder colors are automatically displayed in the Portfolio Dashboard widget. Sort this widget by Folder color to easily see how projects are moving and keep your organization on track.

Create Custom Fields for your Folder

Create Custom Fields at the Folder level to add another layer of customization to your workflow. To create a Custom Field:

  1. In your left Sidebar, hover over the Folder you want to create Custom Fields for.
  2. Click the ellipsis ... icon.
  3. Click Folder settings.
  4. Select Custom Fields.
  5. Select New Custom Field or edit existing Custom Fields.

Workspaces on the Free Forever Plan are limited to 100 uses of Custom Fields.

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