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Easy way to add subtasks?

I've searched this question before posting, and it seems to mention that when I right-click on a task, I'm given an option to create a subtask... but I don't see that option

Something I'm missing?

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Jon Moore
Replied on Oct 28, 2013 - 15:00 UTC

Ah, I can only do it when I haven't created a filter on a task. Hrm.

David Trey staff
Replied on Oct 28, 2013 - 16:17 UTC

Hello Jon,

Indeed, if you're viewing your tasks from a search result page (label, date-based), it's not possible to create sub-tasks from there as tasks on such search results are not shown with their original structure and include tasks from many different projects so it would be unclear unclear where and under what task would you like the sub-task to be.

Therefore, to create task structures with sub-tasks, please enter a project and then you can right-click on a task, choose "Add task below" and use either Ctrl+RightArrow or the arrow icons on the right side of the input field to indent it.

Best regards,

Bernard Corsy - Dewu
Replied on Mar 21, 2014 - 14:45 UTC

fools! (-1) Design the todoist website better to make it easier to add subtasks. I had to google how to add subtasks on todoist before i made my subtasks.

luis3214 premium
Replied on Apr 27, 2014 - 20:19 UTC

Yes, just now I realized how hard it is to add a subtask in the web.

I am finding some basic problems in the todoist .... thinking about giving up my premium acount

David Trey staff
Replied on Apr 27, 2014 - 20:30 UTC

Hello Luis,

We're sorry to hear that :-( All you need to do to add a sub-task is enter the project where you want to add it, and use Ctrl+RightArrow when adding or editing a task.

Best regards,

luis3214 premium
Replied on Apr 28, 2014 - 08:39 UTC

There are many basic problems in the app, for example when you add a project in the android app it always goes to the bottom and the we have to drag it to the place we want and then we have to change the level ... I mean .. come on, it is a 29 dollar app....

If no updates are anounced until the end of my 30 days I will certainly give up the premium.

Why don't at least you let us know what features are you working on to improve ?

David Trey staff
Replied on Apr 28, 2014 - 11:52 UTC


We're working on multiple new features and improvements for current features. We don't announce what we're working on as the ETAs can change often so we could never give you an exact release date anyway.

We're sorry to hear that our app doesn't meet your expectations :-( You can of course request a refund within 30 days of purchase.

Best regards,

Michael Grenenger premium
Replied on May 07, 2014 - 05:21 UTC

a task app with no sub task functionality is useless.

I had such high hopes for Todoist but its back to Priorities app for me

David Trey staff
Replied on May 07, 2014 - 14:42 UTC

Hello Michael,

All our apps support sub-tasks. On the web use Ctrl+RightArrow to indent a task while editing it or adding it in a project and on mobile select the indent level from a drop-down menu.

Todoist supports sub-tasks on 4 indent levels and sub-projects on 3 indent levels.

Best regards,

Replied on May 08, 2014 - 09:49 UTC


I think that it's not user friendly and not intuitive to add sub task only from project view instead from every view (i mean to your web application)
for my opinion it's big problem and bug disadvantage

the most used views are "today" and "next 7 days"
I think that it's important to add the ability to add sub task from the most common used views.
(you did it great on your android application)
are you intend to change it ? and to add this very important ability ?

I think that your application is very good, it has a lot of great features, it has quick response to the user actions,
but to make it perfect you need to design the GUI to be more simple, use the minimum clicks and mouse movements to take an action, and improve the GUI at lease to the most common cases


Samantha OConnor premium
Replied on May 30, 2014 - 15:09 UTC

God I still dont know how to add sub tasks? after reading all this, are you saying that you can only add sub tasks to an exisiting task in project view?
I want to be able to add a task, and when I think of it or at any time another action seems relevant, I want to go back to that task and add verious sub tasks to it. I would like to be able to tick off each sub task and then eventually after all actions are taken tick off the entire task/project. I probably have it wrong but if you set a task and it has another action you can't just add a sub task whislt ticking off the first action/task. You have to start another one, which would normally be fine, but if you have a lot of notes attached to that task, you loose all of those, if you start up a new stage/sub task etc. Am I being dim?

Clyde Romo staff
Replied on May 30, 2014 - 15:29 UTC

Hi Samantha,

Please let me know if the steps I gave you earlier aren't too clear yet. I can probably create some screenshots that would show you how it works. :-)

Best Regards,


Chris Matthews premium
Replied on Jun 18, 2014 - 17:27 UTC

Just started using this program a day ago. Has a good core, but still needs development.

Not being able to add subtasks unless you are in a project is quite cumbersome, and was very frustrating.

However, I have found that if you click on the project name / dot to the right in the filter /search view - it brings you directly to that task within the project. Then it is possible to easily add the subtasks. Not ideal - but better than what I was doing clciking back through projects and finding the task...

Not sure if this is documented and explained somewhere, I had looked around, but may have missed it.


krzemian premium
Replied on Oct 29, 2014 - 11:53 UTC

"Not being able to add subtasks unless you are in a project is quite cumbersome, and was very frustrating." +1

I also think that adding subtasks is not intuitive, even in the project view. I'm writing that just to let you make the product better. :)