🏷️ Superpowers with supertags

Supertags are at the heart of Tana. You use them anytime you want to define a "something" that you want to keep track of.

  • John Doe (is a) #person

  • Acme Inc. (is a) #client

  • Order new tires (is a) #todo

  • This (is a) #meeting

  • Jambalaya (is a) #recipe

We call them supertags because they have the ability to give structure and context to any item they're tagged to in the following ways:

  • They are templates of structured information. Every time you apply a supertag to an item, it populates with default and Nodes of your choice, to help you organize all important and related information regarding this item. If it is a person, adding a Field for their Phone Number and their Preferred Name might be handy. If it is a todo, you may want a Field with the Due Date.

  • They can be tabulated and aggregated in many ways. Tana's powerful search is made for building queries effortlessly as you need them. Sort your #Tasks according to Project they belong to, or Team member assigned to the Task, or Due in the next 7 days. Crowdsource your meeting agenda automatically by allowing all team members to tag items with #weekly-agenda.

You can create a supertag by:

Adding a tag to an item, clicking it and insert fields via the configure-panel

Create a structure you want, and launching the command "Create supertag"

Remember to have in the supertag, not regular content if you want to be able to add values in the tagged node.

To reuse a supertag:

On a node you want to tag, press # and continue to type its name until you find it, and hit Enter.

To remove a supertag:

Hover over the tag and click the x that appears on hover

Go to > Remove Tag.

🏷️ Supertags typically looks like this:

Clicking the tag will give you an overview on how many times its used, if its an extension of another tag, and the tags navigation targets.

A good way to check if a supertag is right, is thinking "is a" when adding the tag. Marisha is a #person. Oslo is a #city.

Below are examples of how NOT to do it:

  • Supertags #TanaInc

  • or

  • Recipes from #JaneDoe


In the advanced section we've put features that make the supertag even more faster.

Show as checkbox gives the supertag a checkbox as a default behavior

Extend an existing tag gives the current supertag the fields of an already existing supertag.

Built title from fields gives the item the title of the fields, which gives you more speed - just tag a node, fill in the fields, and the item gets the title automatically. This is a great way for a team to have a consistent way of writing titles.

A navigation target is a custom target you can add for clicking the supertag. This will gives you the option to go straight to the target. If you have a list of tasks, a list of bugs, or a kanban for your team, it basically works like a shortcut.

You can add # to an item without doing anything else. This will behave like any other #, like on Twitter or Instagram. You can find it in search, make lists and a table of it.

See also:

Introduction to Supertags

Supertags are the backbone of Tana, it's how you can give structure and context to item lightning fast, keeping your flow.

In this video you'll get an introduction to Supertags, how to create, change and use them.