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how can I copy a task and its associated sub-tasks?

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Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Nov 27, 2013 - 02:45 UTC

Hi Greg,

You aren't able to do this. You can right click on a project, and use the Export feature which will export all tasks under that project.


Greg Pill premium
Replied on Nov 27, 2013 - 02:50 UTC

1) right click on tasks does not give me anything
2) Exporting is way too techie and counter-intuitive. I have never been able to make it work. I am not a programmer

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Nov 27, 2013 - 02:54 UTC


Sorry for the misunderstanding. You need to actually head into the Project, top right corner, there is button, then choose Export. This then downloads to a TXT file, which you can then follow the same steps and import.


Replied on Oct 17, 2014 - 09:25 UTC

Why is it not possible just to make a copy of a task? There are lost of reasons why you would do this one example is a task is
Do A and B. Later you want to keep the priority,tags and project the same but split into task A and Task B with different dates.

gdb premium
Replied on Oct 17, 2014 - 21:55 UTC

+1 for a simple way to copy/paste tasks

James Ayers premium
Replied on Oct 18, 2014 - 21:18 UTC

Suppose there are six important steps to a task that I will need to do a few times next year, I'm not sure when yet. I've figured out these steps, and set them up as a task with the appropriate subtasks. Now I want a mechanism to save this, so that it will easily be available at some unknown time in the future.

It appears that if I Export this task with its subtasks, I'll get a text file, which I will need to maintain on my own. I'll need to create a folder for it, put it in that folder, and remember where I put that folder. When I need it, several months from now, I'll have to go find that folder, and Import it from there.

That's not an impossible task. But what I think what people are saying is that it would be much easier to be able to "copy" a given task and its subtasks, and paste it in place when I need it next February or whenever.

Vadmin premium
Replied on Oct 27, 2014 - 14:11 UTC

+1 for a simple way to copy/paste tasks

Juerg Maier premium
Replied on Nov 03, 2014 - 10:08 UTC

+1 for copy/paste

Juerg Maier premium
Replied on Nov 03, 2014 - 10:09 UTC

Do you have a Feature request list? would be a lot easier than creating posts here, and make your live easier.

Clyde Romo staff
Replied on Nov 03, 2014 - 10:15 UTC

Hi Juerg,

We don't have an official list but we do take note of it and keep track of feature requests that are quite popular. :-)


Sara Norrby Wallin premium
Replied on Nov 06, 2014 - 14:57 UTC

+1 and more for copy/paste! :-)

Kelly Naylor premium
Replied on Nov 07, 2014 - 17:14 UTC

Another +1 for copy/paste!

Lance Hambly (LANEx) premium
Replied on Nov 18, 2014 - 11:39 UTC

+1 for this. Simple copy / paste. Like Wunderlist. Sorry!

Greg Pill premium
Replied on Nov 18, 2014 - 20:41 UTC

+ 1 copy paste!!

mouslim.mag premium
Replied on Nov 21, 2014 - 09:22 UTC

Please, add copy/paste!!!

Florian Beckmann premium
Replied on Dec 01, 2014 - 08:54 UTC

Please, add copy and paste for tasks!

That makes sense and I am sure you can agree to this ...

Lauri Reinart premium
Replied on Dec 02, 2014 - 12:15 UTC

I have a sub-task with it's 6-7 sub-tasks. I need this to repeat 20-30 times, always the same steps.

To do so I have to make a separate project for the tasks, export them, then import 20 times and then drag them (what is not a simple thing to do if maneuvering between different projects) to the correct place in the initial project.

... instead of right-click -> copy Task with subtasks below -> Done

+1 Copy/paste - it works since windows 1.0 ;-)

Florian Beckmann premium
Replied on Dec 02, 2014 - 12:30 UTC


I agree! Totally!

Tiffany P premium
Replied on Dec 16, 2014 - 00:27 UTC

+1 - Please add copy and paste as this is essential when maintaining similar projects/tasks. Current process is to cumbersome.

Mike Cookson premium
Replied on Dec 17, 2014 - 10:55 UTC

+1 - Great though Todoist is, copy/paste is a basic function that needs to be there!

Florian Beckmann premium
Replied on Dec 17, 2014 - 12:06 UTC

@ToDoIst staff,

that would be a very nice christmas gift ... ;-)

Nice holidays to you all!

seila191 premium
Replied on Jan 03, 2015 - 03:34 UTC

+1 copy paste tasks!

Jaclyn Sparks
Replied on Jan 03, 2015 - 19:18 UTC

+1 copy paste tasks!

Ahmed Ismail premium
Replied on Jan 03, 2015 - 20:06 UTC

This HAS to be made a priority! I just signed up for your Premium and was shocked that I could couldn't simply copy and paste a task with its sub tasks and then rename the copy with the right client name.

I am wasting an incredible amount of time re-typing the exact same sub-tasks for just about every project.

Is this flaw going to be fixed soon?

Tim Bowen premium
Replied on Jan 03, 2015 - 20:43 UTC

This really would be a nice feature. +1

Row premium
Replied on Jan 04, 2015 - 20:30 UTC


Chris Ruska premium
Replied on Jan 05, 2015 - 19:40 UTC


Debra Huzzard premium
Replied on Jan 08, 2015 - 13:25 UTC


Tango_abe premium
Replied on Jan 09, 2015 - 06:30 UTC


iv1004 premium
Replied on Jan 09, 2015 - 13:20 UTC

Guys, its time to implement this feature. Its not that it is hard either: a UI button which calls already existing method that you've written before, passing it not the user inputted parameters but the data of an existing task. Or if its object-oriented, perhaps overriding some "clone()" method of a given class. Not a rocket science.

I've looked around the support and noticed that the team does not care too much for their users. Essential features are missing and requests for these basic features are simply ignored.

Florian Beckmann premium
Replied on Jan 09, 2015 - 13:25 UTC

I agree totally to iv004's last paragraph ...

Lauri Reinart premium
Replied on Jan 09, 2015 - 14:09 UTC

I think that threads like these are long in the ignore list.

David Trey staff
Replied on Jan 09, 2015 - 14:25 UTC

Hello Lauri,

We don't have an ignore list, we read every response in every thread and always consider your feedback when implementing new features or improve existing ones :-)


iv1004 premium
Replied on Jan 09, 2015 - 14:44 UTC

Hi David, that's not quite true. E.g. http://todoist.com/Support/show/24948/.
This *absolutely basic* and easy to implement feature was requested on "Apr 29, 2013". There are other examples of basic functionality that the team doesn't implement although requested by numerous users long time ago.

David Trey staff
Replied on Jan 09, 2015 - 14:50 UTC


Unfortunately, we don't have the resources to implement every requested feature and have to select what features to add next after every release of a new feature. There are also multiple examples of features that were added based on requests, most also considered as basic functionality.


Debra Huzzard premium
Replied on Jan 09, 2015 - 14:50 UTC

I really like todoist and have recommended it on Accounting Web, following which they are looking at doing a full review. several people have responded to that thread one major question being can you copy and paste, these are people looking at using it for their businesses with tasks that repeat for different clients. I am hoping to be able to reply positively having recommended you in the first place! Can you give us an update on when this is likely to be available? Is it available in the business version?

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Jan 09, 2015 - 17:45 UTC


I am sorry but we aren't sure if/when this would happen and so we aren't able to give an ETA. Its not currently in the Business version either.

Though as we have said we will take this into consideration for future updates and we aren't going to forget :)


Debra Huzzard premium
Replied on Jan 09, 2015 - 18:13 UTC

Thanks for your quick reply, I am sure there are ways round this once used to how to use projects. it is just people ask how to copy.

Gary Skole premium
Replied on Jan 10, 2015 - 17:43 UTC

I would also like to see this feature.

ckjet premium
Replied on Jan 11, 2015 - 21:31 UTC

+1 for simple way to copy.

Ryan Rockwell premium
Replied on Jan 13, 2015 - 18:47 UTC

I just kicked off my entire team off on using ToDoist premium to learn that you can not copy paste????? I don't even know what to say, not mention that many users have been requesting for over a year now. May the senior staff of ToDoist needs to add a to do to their inbox that states "Customer Comes First", due Today!

Florian Beckmann premium
Replied on Jan 14, 2015 - 06:19 UTC


Chad Barlow premium
Replied on Jan 14, 2015 - 14:30 UTC


John Notarianni premium
Replied on Jan 15, 2015 - 16:20 UTC

As a new user to the app (after years of OmniFocus and ACT!) I do think that not having the ability to have sub labels was a problem but one that could be worked around, as are some of the other odd quirks. But the lack of a basic Copy / Paste even with the premium account is something that I noticed very quickly as I too often have repetitive groups of tasks in several projects.

I understand the need to manage your resources but if at all possible it would be greatly appreciated if this were made into a PRIORITY item. Despite this, I have to say that I am very happy otherwise--the cross platform functionality is excellent!

Pasqual premium
Replied on Jan 29, 2015 - 10:00 UTC


Pasqual premium
Replied on Jan 29, 2015 - 10:08 UTC

I realized that for me is a basic need to be able to do a simple copy & paste from a group of task, as easy as it was a txt.

Often I don't write a list of things to do (o to think about it) in todoist just because afterwards, is not easy to do a simple operation like doing a copy and paste from todois to a e-mail (to a word or whatever).

Any suggestion about it ?
Any expected time to get the feature ?

Thanks in advance,


Clyde Romo staff
Replied on Jan 29, 2015 - 10:25 UTC

Hi Pasqual,

Just to clarify, the feature that you're looking for is to copy tasks and paste it to an email or a word document (or any other file), correct? This is actually different request from what's being asked on this thread.

It's not something that we're planning to add anytime soon but we'll consider adding such a functionality in the future though.


Florian Beckmann premium
Replied on Jan 29, 2015 - 10:35 UTC

Hi Clyde,

thanks for all the input you bring to all the questions and tasks written in this forum.

But this feature is really something we need everyday.
Its essential like breathing.

Yesterday we had a meeting about ToDoIst whether we want to use it for the whole company and one of the top topics in the "contra" column was the missing ability to simply copy and paste tasks (subtasks included).

We pay for this program and it should have such a feature as it is designed for efficiency.
I wonder if you could consider this task as a priority 1 task...
Please have a chat with your boss about it.
Your customers would highly appreciate that.

Sorry for coming again and again but ...

Clyde Romo staff
Replied on Jan 29, 2015 - 10:47 UTC

Hi Florian,

I'll make sure to pass your feedback along to the team.


Pasqual premium
Replied on Jan 30, 2015 - 14:29 UTC

Hi Clyde, if doing copy and paste from todoist to a txt document or similar, is not in this thread. Could you indicate me in which thread I can claim for this feature ?

Thanks in advance,


David Trey staff
Replied on Jan 30, 2015 - 14:53 UTC

Hello Pasqual,

You can create a new thread requesting it, but we've already took note of your request here :-) We'll consider adding detailed reporting options for Todoist which should also make it easy to copy/paste data.


Laura H
Replied on Jan 30, 2015 - 16:00 UTC

I'd appreciate both the features being requested here:

- The ability to copy and paste tasks (and their sub tasks, dates and all other information) within Todoist

- The ability to copy and paste the text (and notes) of Todoist tasks outside of Todoist (into emails, Word, etc.)

Jon Andrews premium
Replied on Feb 10, 2015 - 21:35 UTC

I'm surprised to see such a slick app without a simple copy and paste function. I run numerous projects with the same tasks. I would like to be able to copy an existing project and then rename it with my current project name. Alternatively have a template system that I can create new projects from.

Sergei . premium
Replied on Feb 16, 2015 - 14:30 UTC


Stefan Josefsson premium
Replied on Feb 16, 2015 - 14:47 UTC

+1 for copy / paste

Josiah Dasher premium
Replied on Feb 18, 2015 - 07:26 UTC

+1 for copy / paste!

Daniel Rinc√≥n premium
Replied on Feb 18, 2015 - 07:41 UTC

A very huge

for copy / paste!

Jan Kok premium
Replied on Feb 18, 2015 - 09:25 UTC


Dave premium
Replied on Feb 18, 2015 - 17:58 UTC

Yeah this would be nice. I don't like the idea of having to export a project and then reimport it as a workaround.

livealbums premium
Replied on Feb 18, 2015 - 18:18 UTC

+ 1 copy-paste!!

livealbums premium
Replied on Feb 18, 2015 - 18:18 UTC

+ 1 copy-paste!!

Chad Barlow premium
Replied on Feb 18, 2015 - 18:26 UTC

The export / import method also loses data: who I delegated tasks to, for example.

Scot Myhr
Replied on Feb 19, 2015 - 22:18 UTC

I just started using Todoist yesterday on recommendation that it is the best Windows product to compare with OmniFocus (iOS only).

Todoist seems pretty good, but I'll wait until "copy/paste" and "task duration" become options before moving to Premium.

Looking forward to them coming soon.

Emily Riddles premium
Replied on Feb 24, 2015 - 15:58 UTC

I love ToDoIst. After trying MANY project management programs it is by far the simplest and most integrated. But the lack of copy/paste is frustrating, as is quite apparent by this thread! I have projects that I work on Monthy (tracking report submissions, etc) that have multiple tasks/subtasks. Exporting, saving, reentering, etc etc takes a lot of time! Copy/paste seems like such a common-sense feature for this kind of program, and your customers are clearly begging for it!

adempste premium
Replied on Mar 01, 2015 - 08:05 UTC

Lets be insightfully positive. We assume most Todoist developers use copy and paste (eg in word processing, computer coding etc)? Also their own internal experiments with Todoist, combined with clear User feedback here, no doubt constantly causes them subliminal urges to implement copy / paste of tasks / templates - inwardly the developers are undoubtedly feeling uncomfortable with this basic missing functionality in a reasonably sophisticated product!

(Although this is light duty software - not yet at the level of Podio etc or enterprise project management.)

Subliminal urges to do the right thing are suppressed when our conscious minds are distracted by overload, confusion, conflicting desires, demands of others etc. So, helpful inner urges are often suppressed - and making them fully conscious, clearly focussed, then properly acted upon is often really difficult (eg procrastination etc) - but Todoist or similar can help! (copy and paste is in their own Todoist list?).

So, would it be useful to provide psychoanalysis for the developers to help them see more deeply into their subconscious and focus on their basic discomforts about a few of the key missing features? Including copy and paste and reliable export?

Certainly, despite the limitations (often obvious and simple) of this very promising piece of software, we do thank and encourage the developers for their sincere efforts so far!

adempste premium
Replied on Mar 02, 2015 - 13:26 UTC

Continued ...PSYCHOANALYSIS - helping developers to remember copy and paste:

just a single command button is needed - 'Duplicate' (select a record or project, click 'Duplicate' button, select option: include or exclude assignments and comments?).

OR HYPNOSIS for the development team? - please explore your innermost product improvement urges eg quick, easy, effective copy/ paste / duplicate /export etc

Despite this humor challenge, again thanks and best wishes for the product!!.