Sub-tasks

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Plan big, then execute on the details. In Todoist, you can easily break big, overwhelming tasks into small, manageable sub-tasks (and break down those sub-tasks into even smaller ones if you like).

You’ll only be able to create sub-tasks inside a project. It won’t be possible in the Today/Next 7 Days views or any filtered views.

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Create a new sub-task

  1. Right-click on the task you want to add a sub-task to.
  2. Select Add task below.
  3. Press Ctrl + → to turn the task into a sub-task.
  4. Enter the task's name and any details you want to add.
  5. Click Add Task or press Enter to save the task.
  1. Right-click on the task you want to add a sub-task to.
  2. Select Add task below.
  3. Press Alt + Shift + → to turn the task into a sub-task.
  4. Enter the task's name and any details you want to add.
  5. Click Add Task or press Enter to save the task.
  1. At the bottom right, tap the + button.
  2. Enter the task's name and any details you want to add.
  3. Press and hold the arrow handle above the task field.
  4. Move the handle to the left or right to adjust the indent level, then let go.
  5. Tap the submit arrow to save the task.
  6. (Optional) Long-press the sub-task to drag and drop it to a new place on your list.
  1. Tap the + button.
  2. Enter the task's name and any details you want to add.
  3. Press and hold the arrow handle above the task field.
  4. Move the handle to the left or right to adjust the indent level, then let go.
  5. Tap the submit arrow to save the task.
  6. (Optional) Long-press the sub-task to drag and drop it to a new place on your list.

You can also create a new task or sub-task in the middle of a project list by using your thumb and forefinger to pinch two existing tasks apart (this will open task Quick Add). Your new task will be saved in exactly that spot on the list.

Turn an existing task into a sub-task

  1. Hover over a task.
  2. Click and hold the grey “handle” that appears to the left of the task.
  3. Drag it from left to right to adjust its sub-task level.

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Drag a task from left to right to adjust its sub-task level.

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  1. Long press on a task.
  2. Drag left to right and drop it to adjust its sub-task level.

You can also use task hierarchies to organize your task lists into sections with headers.

FAQ

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

A: 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.

Q: How many indent levels are supported in Todoist?

A: Todoist supports 4 indent levels. A sub-task being indent level 1 and a sub-sub-sub-sub-task being indent level 4.

Q: How do I hide my sub-tasks right away when I complete them?

A: If you don’t want your sub-tasks to be visible after you complete them, you can archive them right away:

Hold down the Shift key when checking off your sub-task.
You can also hover your cursor over your sub-task, then click on the three dots icon and select Archive task from the drop-down menu.
Hold down the Shift key when checking off your sub-task.
You can also hover your cursor over your sub-task, then click on the three dots icon and select Archive from the drop-down menu.

First complete the task by tapping on the circle to the left of it, then swipe from right to left.