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Wrike for Windows and Mac (Desktop App)

Wrike's desktop app is available on Windows and Mac for all user types (including Collaborators) on all account types. 

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Overview

Wrike's desktop application has the same features* as those available in the browser version of Wrike. Install the app to:

  • Use Wrike without a browser.
  • See a count of unread Inbox notifications.
  • Receive desktop notifications.
  • Automatically start Wrike when you turn on your computer (optional).

* Note that attaching files from OneDrive and Dropbox is not supported.

Compatible Operating Systems

  • Windows 7 or later
  • Mac OS Yosemite (version 10.10 or later)

Install Wrike's Desktop App

  1. Open the app card or
    • Click your profile picture in the Workspace's upper right-hand corner.
    • Select "Apps and Integrations".
    • Scroll to "Wrike for Windows and Mac"
  2. Select "Configure".
  3. Click "Download".

The file is downloaded to your computer, and you can follow the prompts to finish installing the app.

Have Wrike Links Open in the Desktop App

You can have Wrike links (for tasks shared with you) open in the desktop app by default. 

  1. Open Wrike's Workspace in your default browser.
  2. Click your profile picture in the Workspace's upper right-hand corner.
  3. Select "Apps & Integrations".
  4. Find "Wrike for Windows & Mac" and click "Configure".
  5. Switch to the "App settings" tab.
  6. Check the box next to "Open Wrike links via App".
  7. Click "Save changes".

Once the feature is enabled: when you click on a link to a Wrike task, you'll see a redirect page. From the redirect page:

  • Click "Allow" to open the task in the desktop app.
  • Click "Cancel" to open the task in your browser.
  • Enable the setting to always open links in the Wrike App*. Once this setting is enabled, Wrike task's will immediately open in the desktop app the next time you click a link.

*Not available in some browsers (for example, Safari , Edge, and Chrome version 77 and later).

Enable Multiple Tabs in the App

Use multiple tabs with Wrike's Desktop App v. 2.0.0 or higher. Multiple tabs are available for all user types (including Collaborators) on all account types. 

  1. Launch the app.
  2. Click:
    • "Wrike" if you are on a Mac
    • "File" if you are on Windows.
  3. Select "Preferences".
  4. Check the box next to "Use tabs instead of windows (like a browser)".
  5. Click "Restart now" to relaunch the app.

🖐Note! You can also choose to "Enable fast loading of new windows/tabs" and open tabs or windows with tasks much faster. This is achieved by saving another instance of the workspace in the system's memory and showing it on demand. However, we don't recommend enabling fast loading of new windows/tabs and opening multiple windows/tabs on systems with low memory (e.g. Windows 7), as this consumes additional memory of which there may not be enough.

Update the App

We regularly release new versions of Wrike's desktop app. That means it's important to update the app so that you're always using the latest version. Update options:

  • Enable autoupdates (with this, new versions of the app download automatically)*.
  • Check for updates manually*.

*Windows users may have the options to enable autoupdates and manually check for updates disabled based on their domain policy.

Enable and Disable Autoupdates

  1. Open the desktop app.
  2. Click:
    • Wrike if you are on a Mac.
    • File if you are on Windows.
  3. Select "Preferences".
  4. From the window that opens:
    • Check the "Check for new updates on load" box to enable autoupdates.
    • Uncheck the "Check for new updates on load" box to disable autoupdates.
  5. Click "Save changes". 

Autoupdates on Windows

When autoupdates are enabled, a new version of the app is automatically downloaded whenever there's a new version available. You'll be notified about the new version and can then install it (the installation is not automatic).

Autoupdates on Mac

When autoupdates are enabled, a new version is downloaded and installed automatically. You'll receive a notification that a new version is available and can restart the app to launch the new version.

Manually Check for Updates

  1. Click:
    • Wrike if you are on a Mac.
    • File if you are on Windows.
  2. Select "Check for updates".
  3. If a new version is available: follow the prompts to install it.

App Update Settings - System Admins

System administrators can restrict Windows users' ability to update Wrike's Desktop app.

To restrict autoupdates for all users, add the following key to the registry:

  • Key: HKLM/Software/Wrike/ElectronDapp/Settings/Autoupdate
  • Value: 0
  • Type: DWORD

Important note! Modifying the registry could make Windows unbootable. Always make a backup of the registry before making changes.

If self-update is disabled, then:

  • The "Check for updates" option for users is greyed-out.
  • Users can't enable automatic update checks.
  • Users don't see notifications about new versions of the Desktop App.
  • System admins can mass update the Wrike app using group policies. Detailed instructions are available on Microsoft's Support portal.

Automatically Launch at Login

Configure Wrike's app to start when you turn on your computer.

Windows

  1. Open the Wrike app.
  2. Click "File".
  3. Click "Preferences". 
  4. Select "Load Wrike Application on startup"

Mac 

  1. Open the Wrike app.
  2. Click "Wrike".
  3. Click "Preferences".
  4. Select "Load Wrike Application on startup". 

Open a Task in a New Window

  1. Click the "Open in new window" button 1 located at the top of the Task View. 

Your task opens in a separate window (not in a browser).

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