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how to add subtasks?

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Ok, this is likely right in front of my eyes, but I can't seem to figure this out.
How do I add subtaks. And more importantly, how can I move existing tasks so that they are subtasks of another task?

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Clyde Romo staff
Replied on Mar 26, 2014 - 12:33

Hi Mark,

There are 2 ways you can create subtasks.

1. You can edit a task and hover above the dots (3 dots) located to the right. The last 2 icons should allow you adjust the level of your sub-task.
2. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut. You can use "CTRL" for windows or "CMD" for Mac then left or right arrow.

Regards,

Clyde

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Mark premium
Replied on Mar 26, 2014 - 12:38

Hi Clyde. I can't seem to get either of those to work.
1. If I hover over a task, the three dots appear. When I click it, I have options for editing the task, changing the date, changing the priority, reminders, move to history, move to another project, and delete task. If I click edit task, I can edit the task name, assign a label, reminder, or priority.
2. When can I do ctrl-right arrow? In edit mode? I can't get that to do anything.

(What am I missing?)

David Trey staff
Replied on Mar 26, 2014 - 12:58

Hello Mark,

First off, please note that sub-tasks can only be created if you're inside a project. It won't work from filters or on the 7 days view.

That said, please click on a project to get into it, then click on "+ Add task" at the bottom of your task list within this project and with the task input field opened, use Ctrl+RightArrow to indent the task.

The 3-dot icon Clyde mentioned is the one you will see only once you're in edit mode (see the field where you can change the task's name).


Best regards,
David

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Mark premium
Replied on Mar 26, 2014 - 13:27

Thanks David! The fact that I was not in the project was my problem.
Any chance that this functionality will get worked into the other views?

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Mark premium
Replied on Mar 26, 2014 - 13:30

Also, is there an equivalent to ctrl-right arrow in the Android app?

Clyde Romo staff
Replied on Mar 26, 2014 - 14:13

Hi Mark,

You can create sub-task in the android app by:

1. Tap the task that you want to edit
2. You should see the edit icon (pencil) show up on the bottom of the screen
3. Once you're under the "Edit Task" window, the last option ("No Level" by default) should allow you to change the sub-task level.

Please let me know Mark if you have additional question.

Regards,

Clyde

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Mark premium
Replied on Mar 26, 2014 - 14:15

perfect. thanks

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luis3214 premium
Replied on Apr 27, 2014 - 20:16

""Hello Mark,

First off, please note that sub-tasks can only be created if you're inside a project. It won't work from filters or on the 7 days view."""

Does this makes any sense ? We should be able to add a subtask any place... don't you agree ?

David Trey staff
Replied on Apr 27, 2014 - 20:28

Hello Luis,

We will consider adding such option in the future. Right now, on every search result page all tasks that match the query are displayed on the same level. This would make it very unclear which sub-task can be added where and if it should become a parent of another sub-task the listed task can have and if so - which one.

Only in projects you can see the complete task structure and know where exactly the new sub-task should go.


Best regards,
David

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Kimi Maeda
Replied on Apr 30, 2014 - 13:27

I just started using todoist yesterday so obviously I might be missing something here. I'm in project view and have clicked those three dots on the right but still don't see any options for creating subtasks. What am I doing wrong? Or is this only an option for premium users?

David Trey staff
Replied on Apr 30, 2014 - 13:34

Hello Kimi,

Sub-tasks are not a Premium feature. To create a sub-task, please left-click on an existing task so that it opens the input field where you can change the task's name. While this field is opened, then you can use Ctrl+RightArrow to indent the task or the indent icons hidden under the 3-dot icon (while the input field is opened, below the due date field).

Alternatively, to create a new sub-task, please click on "+ Add task" at the bottom of the list in a project and again - as long as the input field is opened, you can use CTRL+ Arrow keys to indent/unindent the task.


Best regards,
David

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Kimi Maeda
Replied on Apr 30, 2014 - 13:44

Ah, I see. I was right clicking and then clicking on the three dots on the right. Thanks so much for the speedy reply.
-kimi

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Matt Nafziger premium
Replied on Apr 30, 2014 - 16:34

I don't see where you answered the initial question of how to move a subtask to a different task. Or just simply assign sub task to a task.

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Apr 30, 2014 - 16:38

Matt,

The first reply answers it, there are 3 dots to the left of a task when hovering, this can drag and drop it, wherever the sub-task goes, makes the task on top a parent task.

Changing the indent when editing a task (the arrows to the right of the task options) or CTRL+RightArrow.

Regards
Brendon.

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Rochelle Broder-Singer premium
Replied on Aug 29, 2014 - 16:27

Hi Brendon,
I understand how to make a subtask or to go in and edit a task to turn it into a subtask of the task above it. I can't seem to drag and drop a task to turn it into a subtask (on the Web or in the Mac app, which are nearly the same thing). Using the three dashes to the left of a task, I can drag and drop to move it, but this doesn't make it a subtask of the task above. What am I doing wrong?

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Aug 29, 2014 - 16:32

Rochelle,

Can you send a screenshot? So you edited the task, changed its indent level, dragged it to under another task, and you can not collapse it?


Regards,
Brendon

Christina Vickers premium
Replied on Sep 07, 2014 - 21:19

Thanks for the advice on how to use subtasks. It's pretty intuitive since it uses the indent symbol.
:-)

Christina Vickers premium
Replied on Sep 07, 2014 - 21:19

Thanks for the advice on how to use subtasks. It's pretty intuitive since it uses the indent symbol.
:-)

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Lars premium
Replied on Sep 07, 2014 - 23:00

I can't get it to make a task a subtask as well, or at least not in the Outlook Add in. Is that my issue? I don't get a chance to indent when editing the premade task.

Clyde Romo staff
Replied on Sep 08, 2014 - 02:30

Hi Lars,

Please note that you can't create sub-tasks in the Today or 7 day view. Have you tried editing a task and using the keyboard shortcut CTRL+Right Arrow key or CMD+Right Arrow key for Mac users?


Regards,
Clyde