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Introduction to sub-tasks

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Plan big, then execute on the details. Break big, overwhelming tasks into small, manageable sub-tasks.

In Todoist, you can even break down those sub-tasks into smaller ones. Learn how to create a sub-task, convert a parent task into a sub-task, and more. 

Create a sub-task

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  1. Click the task you want to add a sub-task to. This will open task view.
  2. Select Add sub-task.
  3. Enter the task's name and any details you want to add.
  4. Click Add task or press Enter to save the task.
  1. Drag and drop the Dynamic Add Button below the parent task and drag it slightly to the right.
  2. Enter the task's name and any details you want to add.
  3. Tap the android_submit.svg submit icon to save the task.
  1. Drag and drop the Dynamic Add Button below the parent task and drag it slightly to the right.
  2. Enter the task's name and any details you want to add.
  3. Tap the ios_submit.svg submit icon to save the task.

Turn an existing task into a sub-task

  1. Hover over a task.
  2. Click and hold the drag handle beside the task.
  3. Drag it from left to right to adjust its sub-task level.
  1. Touch and hold a task.
  2. Drag left to right to adjust its sub-task level.

Currently, it's not possible to turn an existing task into a sub-task when sorting is applied to the view.

Turn a sub-task into a parent task

  1. Hover over a task.
  2. Click and hold the drag handle beside the task.
  3. Drag the sub-task above or below its parent task, and to the left of the task list.
  1. Touch and hold a task.
  2. Drag the sub-task above or below the parent task, and to the left of the task list.

Use task hierarchies to organize your task lists into sections with headers.

Noteworthy

  • You can only create sub-tasks in a project. If you're viewing tasks in the Today view, Upcoming view, filters, or labels, open the parent task in the task view and create the sub-task.
  • Todoist supports four indent levels. For example, a sub-task is using indent level 1 and a sub-sub-sub-sub-task is using indent level 4.
  • The indent of a task can't be changed when working in the task view.

FAQ

Why do I see sub-tasks twice in my Today view?

If you set the date for the parent task and the sub-task to today, they will both show up in your Today view – meaning your sub-task will show up in your Today view twice. This is something we're evaluating for usability.

Is there a way to view a task's completed sub-tasks?

Absolutely. You can easily see a task's completed sub-tasks using the task view.

Can I use drag and drop to turn a task into a sub-task while in board view?

No, unfortunately not. You will have to be in list view if you want to use drag and drop to turn a task into a sub-task.

I'm using a sorting option, but my sub-tasks aren't sorted in task view. Is this a bug?

No, this is expected behaviour. However, please note that you can use drag and drop to manually sort your sub-tasks while in task view.