Not only does the default Status field provide you preset options for the three basic states in the task completion process, it enables you to edit the existing status names and add more drop-down options as required. You can set statuses that are customized per your domain, and are standard terms that all users in the organization are familiar with. For example, if you're in the manufacturing industry, you could have In progress statuses such as Processing, Assembling, Packaging, Transportation, and so on. To ensure that the different statuses appear more distinguishable, you can set colors for each of them. 

Figure: Customizable Status field (default view)

To customize the Status field, perform the following steps:

  1. Sign in to iManage Work, browse to the required matter, and open its checklist.
  2. In the upper-right corner, select More options  > Table settings.
  3. Hover the pointer over Status in the Available columns list and select Edit field .
  4. Make the following changes as required:
    • Select and delete the existing status name(s) and enter the required name.
    • Point to  and drag up or down to change the order in which the statuses are displayed.
    • Select Add value and enter a name for the new status.


      Make sure that you don't add duplicate drop-down values or leave any value blank as an error message is displayed at the top of the Edit field dialog box. You'll be allowed to update only after you:

      • add text to the blank drop-down value
      • remove the duplicate drop-down value

      The values aren't case-sensitive so "To do" and "to do" are considered duplicate values. 

    • Select  and choose the highlight color for a status.
  5. Select Update. The new/updated statuses are visible to users when they select the drop-down arrow for the Status field in the checklist.


    • If you update/remove statuses that users had already select for their tasks, they remain unchanged for the tasks, but the Status drop-down list no longer displays these previous options.
    • Any statuses, which you have added/customized for the Closed state, marks a task as complete when users select any of these statuses for the task.