How to add new subtasks with same indentation and priority?
If in a project I have several tasklists with a number of subtasks each, how can I start adding subtasks to any of the list without having to add them at the bottom of the page and drag and edit each to the proper indentation level?
Asked by arpad.andrassy on Jan 26, 2013 - 16:38
To add multiple sub-tasks to an existing task, please right-click on the task that you want to be the parent task and choose "Add task below". Now, you'll only need to use Ctrl+RightArrow once to indent the first sub-task you enter and once you save it (hit Enter), the next input box will already be on the same indent level.
Thanks for the help,
I missed the right click function, being too focused on the shortcut keys.
Still, in this setup I find editing a bit cumbersome. When one starts adding tasks (or subtasks), at pressing Enter, the "Active Box" moves down for new entry . But when you return to a tasklist and open that active box, pressing Enter closes the active box, the use of which at this moment is just setting the date by clicking or pressing Tab.
It's just my opinion but I think the solution with an extra right pane including task details would be a better one. This way the tasklist in the middle and even the project list on the left could be managed as in simple editors, and multiple selections would fit better into this workflow.
I like Todoists minimalistic look and approach, but the workflow at this stage (for both web and android)does not fit me too well. I think where Asana sacrificed features for the sake of looks a bit too much, Todoist with the nice indent feature and more room for personalisation could be more attractive in the future.
Please clarify - how would you prefer the sub-task adding process to be exactly? We always try to improve our service and we'd like to understand what option would work best for you.
If you edit a task and press Enter, it will indeed close the editing box, but if you want to edit a task and then after saving the changes add another one then you can use:
Shift+Enter to add one below
Ctrl+Enter to add one above
Multiselection is also possible - hold the Ctrl key while clicking on tasks and you'll see a menu at the top with some actions you can perform on all selected tasks.
Thanks David for baring with me:
1. Thanks for the Shift+Enter tip, this makes it easier.
2. Combining dragging items with mouse while pressing buttons (for indentation), may be nice for FPS games :) but not so intuitive for such apps. I don't deny that it could be learned.
But why not just let dragging and dropping single or more selected tasks over another one that automatically becomes the parent? Thus dragging and dropping could be used not only for reordering. This will imply that when dragging and holding a task over another, depending on where one points it (towards the middle or the top-bottom margins of the task), one can either drop it inside the task to become its subtasks or to drop it nearby as neighbour task. A visual guide is clearly needed for this.
3. The editing box, has now more disadvantages than advantages imo.
- first, it visually shifts the lists below and as the colored checkbox of the edited task disappears and I always wonder if some task disappeared or not.
- why not just leave a separate pane on the right that will show the editing box content, and in the tasklist, the active task not to change its dimesions, but only some discrete highlighted color and the cursor straight in it and to already be able to edit the text.
- also when clicking and dragging on the task's text, not to move the task and not to activate the edit box as now, but to extend the selection to the tasks above or below. When releasing, this would leave the tasks highlighted and enable to perform moving around the selection as described at 2)