Basecamp Pro Tips
Wanna be a Basecamp power user? Hone your skills with these pro tips, tricks, and shortcuts to get the most out of Basecamp!
Learn more about:
- Working with to-dos in bulk
- Change your participation type
- Subscribing and unsubscribing to a comment thread
- Using the jump menu
- Keyboard shortcuts
- Viewing the Heystack page
- Checking the Basecamp announcements
- Using focus mode
- Choosing a theme
- Using emoji ✨
- Choosing and renaming project tools
- Switching between Basecamp accounts
- Closing comment threads
Work with To-dos in Bulk
If you have a few to-dos that all need to be assigned, grouped, deleted, or archived, use the bulk tool to make that happen quickly and easily.
Click the menu icon (three horizontal lines) next to one of the to-dos you want to add bulk actions to:
Press Command + Shift (Mac) or Control + Shift (Windows) and then click all the to-dos you want to bulk assign, archive, delete, or group:
Change your participation type
Are you part of a project that you don't need notifications from? If you choose to "just follow" the project, you’ll still have full access to it but notifications will be muted. You won’t hear from the project unless someone specifically @mentions you or assigns you a to-do.
Click into the project, then on the ••• menu to the right of the project name. Choose the option to " Switch to just following."
Subscribe or Unsubscribe to a Comment Thread
Did you see a conversation happening that you want to get notifications for? Click "Subscribe me" to subscribe yourself to that thread:
Included in a conversation and don't need the comment updates? Click the "Unsubscribe me" button at the bottom of the page to remove yourself from that thread:
The Jump Menu
Need to quickly jump between projects or people? The jump menu is great for that!
It’s as easy as hitting Command-J (Mac) or Ctrl-J (Windows). The jump menu will pop up and you can start typing to narrow down on the person or project (you can search for projects by their description). Click or hit Enter on the selection and you’ll jump right to where you want to go:
You can search for your projects by their description or title. You can also simply type "my" to jump to your assignments, bookmarks, drafts, and recent activity.
You can easily navigate Basecamp using the QWERTY keyboard shortcuts. For Mac users, use Command, while Windows and Linux users should use Ctrl.
- Jump menu: "Command ⌘" + "J" or "Ctrl" + "J"
- My Stuff: "Command ⌘" + ";" or "Ctrl" + ";"
- Find/Search: "Command ⌘" + "/" or "Ctrl" + "/"
- Emoji: "Command ⌘" + "Ctrl" + "Space" or "⊞ Win" + "." (period)
- Home: "Command ⌘" + "Shift" + "H" or "Ctrl" + "Shift" + "H"
- Latest Activity: "Command ⌘" + "Shift" + "A" or "Ctrl" + "Shift" + "A"
- Bold: "Command ⌘" + "B" or "Ctrl" + "B"
- Italic: "Command ⌘" + "I" or "Ctrl" + "I"
- Link: "Command ⌘" + "K" or "Ctrl" + "K"
- Undo: "Command ⌘" + "Z" or "Ctrl" + "Z"
- Redo: "Command ⌘" + "Shift" + "Z" or "Ctrl" + "Shift" + "Z"
There are two more keyboard shortcuts that are specific to the Basecamp Desktop App:
- Go Back: "Command ⌘" + "[" or "Ctrl" + "["
- Go Forward: "Command ⌘" + "]" or "Ctrl" + "]"
Viewing the Heystack page
If you need to access and view your Hey! notifications often, you can open the Heystack page in a separate tab:
This page contains every Hey! notification you’ve ever received from Basecamp. You can even bookmark it in your browser for your convenience!
Dismissed a new feature announcement and can't find it now? Don't worry! You can always find the recent announcements from Basecamp by adding /bulletins/ to your account URL and pressing Enter:
You will end up on the Basecamp announcements page where you can find all the latest features and goodies from the Basecamp team:
Need to spend some time focused on your work? With Focus mode, notifications and orange unread badges are turned off. They'll automatically turn back on tomorrow:
Choose a Theme
Want to add a splash of color or tone things down a bit? Pick your own color theme!
Click your profile photo/avatar first. Then, choose "Appearance", and you'll see the option on the next page to choose a theme color:
You can add emoji anywhere you can enter text in Basecamp. You might use them to visually group similar projects, designate priority in a to-do list, jazz up a Campfire chat, or give someone a quick Boost.
Here's a to-do list with emojis showing what's priority and what can wait:
On a Mac, use "Command ⌘" + "Ctrl" + "Space" to pull up emoji:
In Windows 10 or 11, click the "⊞ Win" + "." (period) to pull up the emoji picker:
In Windows 8, look for the keyboard icon in the Windows taskbar in the lower right corner. If you don't have the keyboard set up, here's how.
If you're using Windows 7, you'll see emoji in black-and-white only (how avante garde!). Here's the update you'll need to use emoji.
Choose and Rename Project Tools
Only using a few of the tools in a project? Need to set up a link to an external service? You can!
Customize the set up for each project by turning off the tools you don't need:
Rename tools to describe to your team what should go there:
You can also rename a tool right from the tool page if needed:
Open a door to other services right in your Basecamp projects! 🚪 A door is a simple, direct link to any outside services you use like Github, Slack, Zoom, etc.
To add a door to your project, click into that project, then on the ••• menu at the top right of the page, then click the Change tools. Beneath the title of the project, click the "Open a Door" link. Choose an existing external service or link to any site using the "Other" option. Learn the ins and outs of Doors here!
Now that you've finished this guide, make sure to check out the Working in Projects guide as well as the Working with Clients guide. They're great resources for after you've set things up!
Back To Top
When you're scrolling through a page in Basecamp, you might see a button that appears on the lower-left side of the page:
That's a one-way ticket to the top of the page that should help you surface from a long post or comment thread.
Switching between Basecamp accounts
As long as you use the same exact email address to access each Basecamp account, you can navigate between them in your browser.* You can see all of the accounts you're a part of here: https://launchpad.37signals.com/signin
Access the Launchpad or your other accounts from within Basecamp 4 by clicking on the Basecamp logo on the left hand side of the page:
If you use the desktop app or mobile app for Basecamp 4 accounts, you can only navigate between other Basecamp 4 accounts. It's not possible to access a Basecamp 2 account from the same Basecamp app, but you can download the Basecamp 2 mobile app here.
In the desktop app for Mac, click the Account menu then choose the account you're looking for. You can even opt to use a keyboard shortcut like ⌘1 to navigate to other accounts even more quickly:
📱 Instructions for switching between Basecamp 4 accounts on the iPhone and iPad are here.
🤖 Instructions for switching between Basecamp 4 accounts on an Android are here.
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