Welcome to Copper! This tour is designed to help you understand how your team can take advantage of Copper's fantastic features. If you have any questions, get in touch, or sign up for a free 30 day trial. For the previous version 4 help, click here.

Getting Started


Welcome to Copper, the web’s best project management software. Use these screenshots to get a great overview of Copper’s fantastic features, or review the sections and screenshots below for specific instructions.


Logging in

When you enter your Copper web address you’ll see your login screen. Enter your username and password as provided and click Login or press Enter.


Recovering your username or password

If you’ve forgotten your password, from the login screen click the 'Forgotten your password?' link, enter your email address and click submit. Copper will send the login and password to the matching email address.


The Main Menu

Once you’ve logged in you’ll see the main menu and your default screen. Rollover any of the main menu items to see a description of that section, a range of options, and any recently accessed items. Click on the menu item to visit the To Do, Projects, People, Calendar, or Settings sections.


Profile Widget & Stopwatch

At the top right of screen is the multifunction Profile Widget, which shows your Avatar. Click this to expand and see the hours you’ve logged this week/month. It also includes logout and profile links, and when a Timer is running will show the current Time elapsed and allow you to log your time and comments on the Task.


How to Find Anything

Also in the main menu is the quick search box. To find ANYTHING within Copper just type in this box to see an instant list of matching items. Click on one of the search results to take you directly to that item.


Customizing Appearance & Settings

If you’d like to match your organization branding and language, click on the Settings icon in the main menu. From here you can change language, currency, logos, home image, labels, and rates as well as manage your billing preferences and data backups.


Adding People, Projects, and Tasks

Now that you’ve logged in, take some time to familiarized yourself with the areas within Copper, and then start adding your People, Organizations, Projects, and Tasks.

Using the draggable project timeline, plot your project and its tasks to get an instant picture of what lays ahead. Then use that same plan to execute the project with your team.


The Day-to-Day Best Practice

Working with Copper will become second nature, but here are the broad principles that you should keep in mind as you start to migrate more of your projects into your new system.

1. Add the project and the tasks required to complete it
2. Add the estimated hours required for each task
3. Add workers to tasks, and Project managers to Projects
4. Tell your team its ok to Pin the Person most important at the current time
5. Have your team complete the work and add their hours and estimates for % complete.

As you progress, your project managers can review the hours Estimated and Logged (Actual) along with the % complete, and tweak and manage timelines accordingly.