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Subtask association with parent task


When I write in subtasks and the due date comes up in the Today view, the SW displays it equal to a parent task... Is there a way to see the association between your subtasks and the parent task when in a Today or custom filter?

The only solution I can find is to tag every subtask as "subtask" to alert me that it is sub to something.


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Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Jun 20, 2014 - 03:51 UTC

Hi Austin,

If you are referring to how a sub-task if it has a date it will show within the Today view as it's own task, then there is no other way to do this.

You can have the parent task have a due date, and all sub-tasks have none.


austin.hirsch premium
Replied on Jun 20, 2014 - 04:00 UTC

Thanks for the response.

Yeah, I think that is what I mean. Specifically, I am looking for subtasks to show a clear association with parent tasks no matter the view/filter chosen. Is that possible? Or do you have to go to the specific project to see any type of relationship?

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Jun 20, 2014 - 04:03 UTC


The only way parent and sub tasks will be shown together in the relationship is either in the project they are a part of, or as I said, if the Parent task has a due date, but subs do not. That way the parent will show up in the Today view, and will be able to expand to show the sub tasks.

You can have sub-tasks and parents have due dates, but that will show the sub-tasks twice on date based views.


Luca premium
Replied on Oct 27, 2014 - 15:47 UTC

Take this as a improvement suggestion:
Every subtask should have something very similar to a tag under its description with the name of the parent task.
Something like the attached image

Luca premium
Replied on Oct 27, 2014 - 15:56 UTC

I come with a clearer example attached...

Luca premium
Replied on Oct 27, 2014 - 15:57 UTC

I forgot to add a date, but you get the point...

austin.hirsch premium
Replied on Oct 28, 2014 - 02:50 UTC

Yeah, I see where you are going. Just more work for something I wish it did automatically. But nonetheless, this is a good solution in the interim. Thanks

Luca premium
Replied on Oct 28, 2014 - 08:02 UTC

Yes, I think that should be done automagically by Todoist ;-)

Julie Hamilton  premium
Replied on Nov 04, 2014 - 11:56 UTC

Me too. I have a list of subtasks in my Today view that I have no idea which parent project they belong to. I have to go through every project to see where they actually sit but that is laborious and time consuming. I also don't want to have to code each subtask so that I know where it comes from and I need each subtask to have a date. Help please Todoist!!!

David P. premium
Replied on Dec 08, 2014 - 19:51 UTC

Agreed! I've been using Todoist for a week and have stumbled across this limitation. I have to write very verbose subtasks so I can recognize what parent task and project they are part of.

Becky Kane staff in training
Replied on Dec 08, 2014 - 20:10 UTC


Thanks so much for the suggestions. We'll definitely consider improving subtasks in the future based on your feedback. The more users who want this, the higher a priority it will become so keep posting here!


Laura H premium
Replied on Dec 09, 2014 - 17:57 UTC

++++++ 1 from me too.

There are LOTS of comments throughout the forum (and have been for a long time) requesting this feature / features like this.

The other common request (which I also would greatly appreciate) is the ability to have tasks and their subs show up together in Today and other views.

The most common use case of this seems to be recurring "checklists". For example: I have a list of routine tasks to be done each day. I would prefer to see these tasks all grouped together under their collapsible parent heading "Daily Routine" rather than spread throughout my list as single tasks.