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).

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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.

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 android_submit.svg submit icon to save the task.
  6. (Optional) Long-press the sub-task to drag and drop it to a new place on your list.
  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.iOS_-_Add_subtask.gif
You can easily add sub-tasks using the task view.

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.
Drag a task from left to right to adjust its sub-task level.
  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: Is there a way to view a task's completed sub-tasks?

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

  1. Click on the web_task-view.svg information icon to the right of a task to open the task view.
  2. Click the web_three-dots.svg three dots icon.
  3. Select Show completed sub-tasks.
To view all completed tasks in a project, simply click the web_three-dots.svg three dots icon at the top right of a project and select Show completed tasks.
  1. Click on a task to open the task view.
  2. Click the win10_three-dots.svg three dots icon.
  3. Select Show completed sub-tasks.
To view all completed tasks in a project, simply click the win10_three-dots.svg three dots icon at the top right of a project and select Show completed tasks.
  1. Tap on a task to open the task view.
  2. Tap the ios_three-dots.svg three dots icon.
  3. Select Show completed sub-tasks.
To view all completed tasks in a project, simply tap the ios_three-dots.svg three dots icon at the top right of a project and select Show Completed Tasks.
  1. Tap on a task to open the task view.
  2. Tap the android_three-dots-icon.svg three dots icon.
  3. Select Show completed sub-tasks.
To view all completed tasks in a project, simply tap the android_three-dots-icon.svg three dots icon at the top right of a project and select Show completed tasks.