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How to Easily Sync Asana to Microsoft Excel With Automated 2-Way Updates

This guide will walk you through the process of quickly syncing Asana tasks to a spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel with automated 2-way updates. Connecting Asana to Excel with Unito is as easy as using any new app or platform – there’s no coding knowledge required and we’re here to help with this simple step-by-step guide. Once you’re done, you’ll have set up a workflow that turns any new tasks in Asana into an Excel spreadsheet row automatically (or vice versa if you want Excel to create Asana tasks).

If you’d like to learn more about Unito first, check out our integration overview for Microsoft Excel and Asana. By the end of this guide, you’ll be able to:

  • Generate new rows in Microsoft Excel automatically based on user activity in Asana.
  • Keep your spreadsheet automatically up-to-date in real-time with a 2-way sync whenever you make changes in Asana or Excel.

Here’s an example of our completed integration between Asana and Excel:

Fields syncing between Asana and Microsoft Excel, including task title, project, assignee, description, status, tags, due date and more.

Watch this Excel Asana integration in action:

Best use cases for syncing Asana tasks to Excel spreadsheet rows

Syncing Asana to Excel with Unito not only saves you from copy-pasting tasks manually into a spreadsheet, it even keeps your data up-to-date from end-to-end. You can tell Unito that whenever changes occur in Asana or Excel to update the other.

Unito simplifies the process of building progress reports, managing human resources, analyzing financial details related to tasks and other use cases requiring you to paste Asana project details into Excel.

Sync custom fields with Unito to truly explore any use case

One major differentiator for Unito among other integration platforms is its capacity for syncing custom fields bidirectionally. Here’s a quick look at one set of rules in a user’s flow that syncs only custom fields from Asana to an Excel spreadsheet:

A screenshot of a user's set of field mappings between Asana and Excel in which custom fields are used extensively in a bidirectional flow.

In this Excel Asana integration walkthrough

Feel free to skip ahead if you’re already in the middle of building your Asana – Excel flow.

Why connect Asana to Microsoft Excel with Unito?

No more need to export/import .CSV files

Syncing Asana tasks to Excel rows enables. you to speed up the reporting process by populating your data table with live updates from Asana that change as work is completed. So when someone in Asana updates a task, Unito enables you to see those changes from Excel in real-time. This method saves you the hassle of exporting and importing .CSV files and collating data manually.

Spend more time finessing your dashboard

With a live 2-way sync, you can build reports for stakeholders quickly and efficiently through simple automation. It’s also handy for reviewing budgets and expenses; resource management; and collaborating with external contractors, clients, or other contacts across a variety of apps and tools.

Before you connect Asana and Excel to Unito:

  • Make sure you have an account in each tool with the right permissions to access and modify data. If you aren’t sure, head to app.asana.com and office.com/launch/excel to check.
  • Install the Unito add-in for Microsoft Excel Online. Without the add-in, you won’t be able to sync data between Asana and Excel.
  • Set up a table header in Excel so that the first row includes the names of your Asana fields (e.g., title, description, assignee, etc.). This is how Unito will know where to put the data from each Asana task in your spreadsheet.

If you aren’t sure where to begin, we created this template for Microsoft Excel users you can use to get started. Just be sure to download the template and then upload it to your own One Drive in order to use it.

Step 1. Prepare your table header in Excel

The most important thing to keep in mind is that Unito will identify titles in the first row of your spreadsheet (the table header) as fields which can be mapped to Asana tasks. Put another way, your rows will become tasks and your columns will become fields.

So be sure to give each column a name that’s intuitive and relates to whatever field you’re syncing over from an Asana task. You don’t have to give your Excel fields the exact same name as your Asana fields, but it may help you stay organized.

Here is an example of a header row. You’ll need to title the first and last columns of your sheet: “UnitoID” and “Last Modified”. The Unito extension does this automatically with a button, or you can type these labels in manually.

Step 2. Install the Unito add-in for Excel

Go to www.office.com and open Excel Online.

  1. Then, from your spreadsheet click on File, then Get Add-ins.
  2. In the next screen click STORE and type Unito into the search box.
  3. Click Add and follow the on-screen instructions to install the Unito add-in. 

Three small screenshots showing how to find the Unito Add-In and install it for Microsoft Excel to sync spreadsheets

Follow the on-screen instructions to add Unito to your Microsoft workspace. 

Once the add-in is installed, click Insert the two columns in this sheet.

You’ll see UnitoID and Last Modified. Only columns between those two will sync with Unito. Having them columns in your table header is essential for this integration to function as intended. You can hide them, but don’t delete or modify those columns.

Step 3. Connect Asana and Microsoft Excel to Unito

  1. Open the Unito App and click +Create Flow.
  2. Click Start Here to connect Asana and Excel in any order.
  3. Select an account for each of your tools.
  4. Choose the Asana Project and Excel Sheet to connect.
Connecting an Asana project and Excel file and sheet with Unito
If you created or changed the name your project or sheet while the Unito app is still open, you’ll need to close Unito and re-launch it in order to see the new Sheet.

When you’re ready, click Confirm.

Step 4. Set a flow direction between Asana and Excel

Flow direction determines how new Asana tasks or spreadsheet rows are created but not modified. Later, we’ll tell Unito how and when to modify our fields, but here you just need to decide if you want activity in either tool to create new work items (e.g., tasks, rows) in the other.

For our demo, we’re only populating spreadsheets with Asana task data, so we’ll choose a one-way flow from Asana to Excel.

Setting directional flow with Unito between Asana and Excel
A 2-way flow here would allow us to create Asana tasks based on rows in Microsoft Excel. For now, we only want tasks to create rows, so we’ll set a 1-way direction here.

Click Confirm when you’ve chosen a flow direction. 

Step 5. Set up rules to filter data between Asana and Excel

Unito uses rules to determine how and when new work items are created. You can set triggers to filter out specific Asana tasks from syncing to Excel (or vice versa) to be precise. This is especially valuable if you have a lot of tasks in your project, but only some of them are relevant for your spreadsheet use case.

setting a trigger to filter specific tasks from syncing between Asana and Excel with Unito.
The rule above marked “Creation Date” is a safeguard to let you test out your flow with a new task in Asana before syncing historical tasks to Excel. If you trash this condition, then you can sync all historical tasks that match your rules.

There can be a lot of variability here that will depend on your particular needs and tool setup. By customizing your Asana tags, you can be even more precise about what kind of data is shared with Excel. Here’s very simple set of rules from our demo:

Rules to sync strategic account tasks from Asana to Excel
In this case, any Asana tasks in our project: “Winter Initiatives 2023” will sync to our chosen sheet in Microsoft Excel as long as it has the tag “Strategic Accounts”.

Find out more about setting rules.

Step 6. Set up field mappings between Asana and Excel

Next, you’ll be presented with two options: if you choose Auto-map, Unito will pre-populate a list of suggested field mappings which you can then adjust. If you prefer a DIY approach, Start from scratch. We recommend mapping fields from scratch for this particular flow.

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Your fields will be automatically mapped for two-way updates, but you can adjust them as needed. With a one-way sync between fields, only the destination field will update automatically when you make changes in the source field.

As mentioned above, each cell in your table header becomes a custom field that Unito can sync 1-way or bi-directionally. In each case the flow direction functions as you might imagine:

  • A 1-way field mapping means changes in the source tool will appear in the destination, but not the other way around.
  • A 2-way field mapping will cause any changes in Excel or Asana to appear in the other.
Setting fields to sync between Asana and Excel
In the above set of field mappings, any changes in the synced Asana task will appear in Excel, but Excel users are a bit more restricted. Although they can edit any fields they wish, only changes to the description or task title will appear in the synced Asana task.

Click Confirm when you’re satisfied with your field mappings to proceed.

Find out more about setting field mappings.

Note: If you change a column name in a synced spreadsheet, be sure to update your flow’s field mappings in Unito or else your data will stop syncing.

Step 7. Save, close, and launch your Asana – Excel Flow!

And that’s it! You’ve just completed a 2-way integration between Asana and Microsoft Excel! If you’ve followed the steps above, your Unito flow will now:

  • Create new rows in Excel based on specified Asana tasks.
  • Keep those rows and tasks updated in real-time based on our field mappings.

Here’s one last look at our demo integration between Asana and Excel:

Synced Asana Excel Demo
Here is our demo Excel sheet synced to Asana with Unito

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know.

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