Add an intake column to a board

You can optionally add an intake column to your board that automatically pulls in tasks and issues as connected cards when they are added in Workfront, based on filters that you define. The intake column can serve as a backlog column for a Kanban team, an intake location for a support team to see issues as they are added to a request queue, or any other purpose you need.

Only one intake column is permitted on a board, and it always appears as the left-most column.

The intake column is limited to 300 tasks and 300 issues. They are sorted by the priority defined on the items. For information about priority, see Update task priority and Update issue priority.

For more information on columns, see Manage board columns. For information on connected cards, see Use connected cards on boards.

Access requirements

You must have the following access to perform the steps in this article:

Adobe Workfront plan*


Adobe Workfront license*

Request or higher

*To find out what plan, license type, or access you have, contact your Workfront administrator.

Create an intake column

  1. Click the Main Menu icon Main Menu in the upper-right corner of Adobe Workfront, then click Boards.

  2. Access a board. For information, see Create or edit a board.

  3. Click Configure on the right of the board to open the Configure panel.

  4. Expand Board.

  5. Turn on Dynamically intake items to board.

    Create intake column

    The intake column is added on the left of the board. It remains blank until you apply filters to it.

  6. Click Filter sources and select Tasks or Issues.


    You can filter the intake column to include both tasks and issues, but you must set up the filters separately for each object type.

    Also, saved filters and system default filters are available for you to select.

  7. On the filter panel, click New filter to get started.

    Click New filter

  8. Build your filter and click Save as new.

    Filter builder

    This example shows a filter for tasks from a specific project that are in the status of New or In Progress, and are assigned to me.

    For details about building a filter, see the section “Create or edit a filter in the beta builder” in the article Create or edit filters in Adobe Workfront.

  9. Name the filter and click Save.

    Type a name for the filter

    Giving the filter a unique name allows you to search for it later.

  10. The filter appears in your list of saved filters, and it is automatically applied to the intake column. Click the X at the top of the filter panel to close it.

    Saved filter

  11. (Optional) To share the filter with others, hover over the saved filter, click the More menu More menu icon, and select Share. Choose the users or teams to share with in the Filter sharing box. For more information, see Share a filter, view, or grouping.

  12. (Optional) To include both tasks and issues on the intake column, click Filter sources and select the other object to create another filter.

  13. When you are finished adding filters, review the intake column to verify that the correct tasks and issues appear.

    Intake column

    Cards in the intake column are not editable until you move them into other board columns. You can click on the card to open it in a read-only view, or click Open task or issue to open the task or issue in a new browser tab.


    The read-only view for cards in the intake column is available only through the early feature opt-in for Workfront Boards.

    You can manually re-order the items on the intake column.

    The icons on the top right of the intake column show you how many cards are currently in the column, and how many filters are applied.


    You can update the filters at any time by opening the Configure panel, clicking Filter sources, and selecting Tasks or Issues.

  14. (Optional) To search for an item in the intake column, click Search icon on the column.

  15. (Optional) To move a card from the intake column into another column, drag and drop the card into the position you want it to appear.


    Click the More menu More menu icon on the card, and select Move. Then, on the Move Item box, choose another column and select Move.

  16. (Optional) To delete the intake column, click the More menu More menu icon and select Delete.

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