I have a card with a due date of today. The task is complete, and we've moved it to our "Done" list.

How can I update the card so that the due date icon is not red implying that it is late while retaining the date for historical reference?

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    I don't think this is a duplicate. The Possible Duplicate is "how do I change a due date?" whereas this is "how do I mark something "done" while keeping it on my board?" Commented Sep 21, 2011 at 17:06
  • no way this is a dupe. the referenced dupe only answers how to change the date. I don't want to date gone, but to be marked as met instead of late.
    – catalpa
    Commented Sep 21, 2011 at 17:15
  • I have flagged it as needing attention from the mods. Commented Sep 21, 2011 at 17:28
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    Isn't moving it to your "Done" list the signal that it's done?
    – Humpton
    Commented Sep 21, 2011 at 18:59
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    @Humpton it's more about the red visual cue. Yes, it is done based on the list membership. I was hoping I was missing a feature. In a quick scan of the page, the red catches the eye and gives an incorrect initial impression of the state of the card.
    – catalpa
    Commented Sep 22, 2011 at 1:15

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The improved due dates feature has been implemented.

To clear a due date, click on the card, then click the due date, then click the "Remove" button.

  • Thanks for the answer and for Trello. It's a great app, and I'm sure it's only going to get better.
    – catalpa
    Commented Sep 22, 2011 at 1:18
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    The owner asked to do this "while retaining the date for historical reference", which I'd also be interested in. Is there any way you think? It would be useful in a number of situations where after finishing the project, you need to go back and look at the time intervals in which you completed the stages of your project.
    – Dan
    Commented Nov 2, 2012 at 10:44
  • Same here - and when a date is amended by another user as i've lost my original schedule now the client has amended their dates...
    – v3nt
    Commented Apr 17, 2014 at 8:51
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    Thanks but shouldn't that be automated - when a card is moved to "Completed" or "Done" list?
    – ericn
    Commented Jan 28, 2015 at 1:00
  • if you can consider these suggestions --webapps.stackexchange.com/a/82815/101616 , then it will be great Commented Aug 27, 2015 at 16:24

If you have a card with a due date, add a checklist to the card. Even a checklist of one item will do the trick.

When you have completed the checklist item(s), check them off. Once all the checklist items are checked off, the due date icon will turn from red to green, indicating that you have met your deadline.

You can, of course, do this in conjunction with moving the card into a “done” column.

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    I'm not experiencing the behavior you mentioned above. Checking off all items on my list turns my checklist green, but has not effect on the DUE Date color. Trello thinks the card is OVERDUE, but it's in my completed list and was moved there before the Due Date.
    – timbrown
    Commented Aug 26, 2014 at 7:55
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    This would be great, but it isn't how the app behaves.
    – Will
    Commented Jan 31, 2015 at 5:41

Our team decided to remove members from the card once it goes into the "Done" list. That way it does not appear in anyone's card list, but unlike archiving, it remains in the Done list for future viewing.


As of the Nov 29, 2016 update, you can now check the due date as done when editing the card back. This will cause the due date to show in green on both the card front and back.

Also, if you're using the calendar power up, the card title will be displayed using strike-through text on the calendar.

Due date complete


I think it would be a great addition if the card itself had a "completed" check box similar to the check list items. At the moment, my workaround is to create a check list per card and add at least one item. It would be much quicker to simply set the card itself to "completed". Furthermore, it would be nice to add an optional "completion date" to a card or check list, which would be displayed if it differs from the original due date.


A workaround: change the year to '99' or '2099' but leave the month and day the same, the button will be gray.

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    While this does change the visual cue and may be a reasonable short term work around. I can't accept putting bad data (invalid due date) as an ultimate solution to the problem. Luckily, the new due data is progressing in the queue at Trello. trello.com/card/board/due-dates-v2/4d5ea62fd76aa1136000000c/…
    – catalpa
    Commented Sep 30, 2011 at 4:19
  • The link to the queue at Trello is now dead. What is the status of this? As far as I can see, we're still stuck with red due dates. Commented Nov 23, 2015 at 10:45

As above, add a checklist to the card, with one item: 'Done'. (Or make this the last item on an existing checklist). When this is ticked it will appear as a green ticked box on the card. The red 'Date' box will fade over a period of days, making it distinct, to some extent, from other 'live' cards.

  • Please note that "above" really has no meaning within answers, since they can be sorted in numerous ways. It's better to link directly to the answer you're referencing.
    – ale
    Commented Dec 23, 2015 at 16:37

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