10 (not so obvious) features you should know about in 2022
Welcome to Metro Retro in 2022! Whether you're a Metro Retro pro or you've just joined us, here's some tips and hidden features that will feel like a new release.
There's something useful here for everyone, whether that's bulk-creating stickies from a CSV file or slapping your colleagues. Yep, you read that correctly.
Some of these features are in their early stages and don't have dedicated buttons yet. We'll be adding the most-used features to your boards.
Drop an arrow to say: 'Look here!'
Draw attention by pressing the
Tab key to drop an arrow on the board. Or, hold the
Tab key while dragging the mouse to highlight an area.
Drop an arrow with the Tab key
Keep time with a stopwatch
You can put stopwatches anywhere on your board - perfect for keeping a team on track! Follow these steps to enable:
- Open up the Command Palette with
Ctrl + Space
- Search for 'Create: Stopwatch' and select it
- Set your time and start the clock. Wait for the countdown surprise...!
Create a draggable stopwatch
Import your v1 boards
To use your v1 boards in v2, just select 'Import Legacy Boards' from the dropdown at the top of any workspace.
A new object - Task Cards
Task Cards are hidden by default for now, so you need to enable Task cards on each board you want to use them. To enable Task cards on your board, follow these steps:
- Open up the Command Palette with Ctrl + Space
- Search for the command 'Feature: Toggle Task Cards On/Off' and select it.
- Task cards will appear in the toolbar for everyone on the board.
Create multiple sticky notes with the ⇧ Shift key
You can create multiple of a sticky note if you hold the
⇧ Shift key when creating. This works for other objects too. Hold
Shift before creating the first sticky note and you can add as many as you need of the same color:
Make multiple sticky notes
Sort selected objects into organized lines
If you have a bunch of items selected, press the
2 key on your keyboard to arrange the items in a neat horizontal or vertical line.
Press the 1 or 2 key to arrange stickies
Pick up multiple stickies at once
You can pick up multiple sticky notes at once using the right mouse button while holding left-click down. This works for other objects too.
Pick up multiple stickies with left and right-click combination
Import CSV data to your board
You can represent any CSV data with Metro Retro's objects. For example, import your backlog to sticky notes and group them automatically by release version and priority.
Just drag and drop a CSV file on to your board, or copy/paste from the file. Then map the data to sticky notes or other objects and their properties, like content and color.
For more details and instructions, see the Help Guide (How to import data).
Drag a CSV file onto your board and choose your options
This is a little Easter egg that we couldn't help but include! To slap your colleagues, just hold the Space bar and whip your mouse through their avatar. You will slap them across the screen!
You can disable this in the Settings if your colleagues get slap-happy.
Jamie shows how to slap
The Time Machine lets you replay all of the actions on your board - it's pretty cool to see the board build up from the beginning!
You can also copy any objects out of the time machine, so you can retrieve deleted items!
Here's the Time Machine in action after a team-drawing retro:
Replaying a drawing session