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Show Sub Project's Tasks when viewing at parent level...



The one and only shortcoming for me with ToDoIst is the lack of ability to see the child projects and tasks when looking at a parent or ancestor project.

Similar to this question:

I want to use ToDoIst in such a way that I can manage many many tasks in a number of logical groupings and sub groupings. Eg a Project heirarchy might look like this...

Consulting Project
> Sub Project - Research Phase
>> Task List 1
>> Task List 2
> Sub Project - Analysis Phase
>> Task List 1
>> Task List 2
> Sub Project - Recommendation Phase
>> Task List 1
>> Task List 2

I have no way at the moment to look at all the tasks for Phase 1 of a project on one page.

I would really like this and am happy to pay for it, at the moment its a deal breaker for me though.

Tom Jackson

All responses

Matthew Cline premium
Replied on Oct 10, 2011 - 09:16

This is exactly what I thought was the purpose of being able to add sub-projects!

I don't understand why I would spend time organizing sub-projects if I have to click through the hierarchy just to see if there are any tasks that need done.

There should be a way see all of the tasks related to a parent project and see a total task count related to that parent project in the sidebar.

I think most people would find this useful, especially if you are using Todoist for both business and personal tasks. You don't want to see business tasks at home or vice versa, but you don't want to have to create a separate account for all of that either.

(I understand labels might solve this problem to a degree, but - being as you can't search within specific projects either - I could easily see myself ending up with lots of annoying labels on each task.)

Chris G premium
Replied on Oct 14, 2011 - 02:41

I totally agree. At the very least it should be an option in preferences or have a button to toggle between this view and the current one on the parent folder page.

Replied on Oct 28, 2011 - 16:27

I agree that this would be a very useful feature. Being able to see the tasks in sub projects listed under parents just makes more sense than the current implementation.

Replied on Nov 10, 2011 - 08:42

Any staff comment on this? The more I use Todoist the more I feel this feature is needed. I think the best way to implement this would be to have a project with sub-projects display them together when they are collapsed, then if you want to look at the sub-projects separately they can be expanded. Also I have noticed other suggestions asking for the same thing.

David Trey staff
Replied on Nov 10, 2011 - 10:34

Hello RJ,

thank you for your feedback, we appreciate it.

Please note - all feature requests in our Votebox are being revised by the staff and this whole section is being monitored by the developers.

Since this is an anticipated feature, we will eventually implement it into Todoist. When it goes into development, everyone who posted in this thread will receive a notification about a status change of this request to "In progress".

Best regards,

Replied on Nov 10, 2011 - 11:30

Thanks for the reply David. Good to know this is coming.

Nicolas Modrzyk
Replied on Jan 09, 2012 - 01:03

Thank for the fast response and the link.

I am also available for beta testing the feature, and any help related to this in anyway.

Keep up the great work.

Ashley Myers
Replied on Feb 23, 2012 - 17:59

I would like to share one concern I have with this feature request, as I separate my tasks in a slightly different manner.

I currently have two master projects: Work and Personal. For these I've used the "*Home" syntax as I will not be adding tasks at this level; in those cases, it most definitely makes sense to see tasks from sub-projects.

However, when I create a sub-project of a project in Work like so:
> *Work
>> Major Project
>>> Low priority, related supporting project
>> Smaller, completely unrelated to above project A
>> Smaller, completely unrelated to above project B

Here when I click "Major Project" I do _not_ want to see the tasks of the related, but non-essential project.

It's an interesting design challenge. I use my structure above for a volunteer role I hold:
> *Personal
>> Main Volunteer Tasks
>>> Plans for Improvement I Can Assist with at the Non-Profit

In this case there are times where I would like to view both the "Main Volunteer Tasks" and "Plans for Improvement I Can Assist With" so that I can assess where my time would make the largest impact.

Replied on May 13, 2012 - 07:06

Whe will this feature be implemented? 81 Votes and this is a basic feature to create subproject.
Alex Brunner

Mark Royse premium
Replied on Jun 11, 2012 - 03:58

TODOIST rocks! You guys have done an amazing job creating a truly minimal experience (and I don't just mean lots of white space--I mean intuitive, effortless, Zen). Congrats and back pats.

I want to add my vote to this section. To keep with the minimalist, intuitive web functionality, I would expect clicking the level above should generally show everything in levels below, sort of like how the file tree in most OS explorers toggle. That would be a very useful from where I sit.

I know it's on the list, and I know you have only so many hours in a day. Keep up the good work!

Mark Royse

Replied on Jul 30, 2012 - 11:32

The #1 reason I left RTM was because I needed nested projects and subprojects.

Being able to make a task with a * is a huge plus too.

So yah...this would be great too.


Kevin premium
Replied on Aug 06, 2012 - 15:55

I too would also love to see this feature.

I am using todoist for school, and I have:

-School Project
--Class 1 Subproject
--Class 2 Subproject

It would make todoist much easier to use if I could view my tasks for all my classes at once.


Bruno Škvorc premium
Replied on Sep 27, 2012 - 10:49

I support this notion.
A click on the parent should show all children.

Sumit Kar
Replied on Oct 12, 2012 - 21:52

This is a must have feature and makes sense, and saves time to see from overview perspective as to what's going on in a project.

please have it asap kindly.


Alex Wong premium
Replied on Nov 06, 2012 - 11:09

Like a previous poster, I moved from RTM for Todoist's subproject capabilities but not being able to view all defeats the purpose of having it.

Please do add it in the next version thanks!

Ryan premium
Replied on Nov 09, 2012 - 03:43

Like many of the others who have posted here I use Todoist to manage both personal and work related projects. Having a way to create sub-projects that roll-up to a parent project, or tasks within a sub project as discussed here would be awesome.

Shiri Dori-Hacohen
Replied on Nov 20, 2012 - 13:21

Just wanted to add my vote here as this would be a very valuable feature. Especially if it was added with a toggle as mentioned above, so you have the option to view both the entire subtree hierarchy or just the contents of the high-level project itself.

Nick JH premium
Replied on Nov 21, 2012 - 09:38

Yes please, this would be very helpful.

Robert Wojciechowski
Replied on Dec 12, 2012 - 22:01

This is preventing me from jumping over to Todoist. Waiting... :)

David DeBow
Replied on Dec 29, 2012 - 22:16

Mobile App - Sub Tasks

Great program and appreciate the continued development!

I would request that the Sub Tasks be able to collapse in the mobil app.


Bill Offley
Replied on Dec 31, 2012 - 09:48

I also like the program... and have paid for premium...

But... I did not realize that the mobile iphone app does not allow for expanding and minimizing indent levels like the windows product does... this is a very desirable feature to manage tasks, subtasks, and projects....

David Trey staff
Replied on Dec 31, 2012 - 10:36

Hello Bill,

We're working on improvements that will make sub-task and sub-project management much better on the mobile apps.

Best regards,

Paul Maguire
Replied on Dec 31, 2012 - 13:42

+1 For this feature. One way to do this whilst still having the current setup would be to have the view depend on whether the parent project is expanded: When expanded, show just the directly assigned tasks (as per current functionality). When parent task collapsed, show in "view all" style, with a list of sub-projects and their tasks.

Kuba premium
Replied on Jan 12, 2013 - 15:15

Waiting for this feature. Please implement.

Diogo Barreto premium
Replied on Jan 18, 2013 - 15:07

David, when do you think this will be implemented?

David Trey staff
Replied on Jan 18, 2013 - 16:06

Hello Diogo,

Unfortunately, we can't give you any specific estimate. We're working on multiple features right now for both the web- and the mobile-apps, but we will surely consider implementing this feature as well.

Best regards,

Jason Beyers
Replied on Feb 05, 2013 - 17:34

Would love to see this feature. It's difficult to get visibility across sub-projects without it.


Jason Beyers
Replied on Feb 07, 2013 - 16:04

Will move away from Todoist if this feature isn't in the pipeline. Lack of this feature defeats the purpose of subprojects in my opinion. I absolutely love Todoist otherwise, but it really really needs this.

david premium
Replied on Feb 08, 2013 - 17:40

As part of this feature it would make sense that I could search/query by project and see all tasks under that project (which I can't do at all right now). Ideally, I'd be able to not only just click on this project and see all it's tasks, but to search for project as a query and see all of the tasks under it:

^Work, overdue, 7 days

to see all tasks anywhere under the Work project (or sub projects) or

+Work, overdue, 7 days to see only the tasks in the Work project (no sub projects)

Obviously the actual characters (^ and +) used are up for discussion.


Lane Harlan premium
Replied on Feb 13, 2013 - 20:07

Please notify me when this is released

Replied on Feb 14, 2013 - 03:11

I really miss this feature.

Reid Curry premium
Replied on Mar 02, 2013 - 11:53

I agree that we need this. Thx.

Nitin Badjatia premium
Replied on Mar 08, 2013 - 23:40

Maddening that this isn't the default functionality here

Sumit Kar
Replied on Mar 09, 2013 - 00:07

need this badly, does not make sense to have, why then have sub projects its same to have everything as a separate project...

please get this happening asap kindly


Heather Baldwin
Replied on Mar 10, 2013 - 12:10

I would really appreciate this too! Very disappointed when I discovered this was not possible! I suppose labels are the alternative, but much more awkward.

Luke Abbott
Replied on Mar 22, 2013 - 06:36

Right now I keep bouncing between sub projects, parent tasks, labeling all tasks in a project with a matching label, etc.

This would really help especially if I could run queries on "> Sub Project - Research Phase"

Consulting Project
> Sub Project - Research Phase (query on this)
>> Task List 1
>> Task List 2
>> Sub Project - To do with Research
>>>Task List
> Sub Project Other

And See:
> Sub Project - Research Phase
>> Task List 1
>> Task List 2
>> Sub Project - To do with Research
>>>Task List

Will Warren premium
Replied on Mar 30, 2013 - 22:32

Yes please

Alex Wong premium
Replied on Mar 30, 2013 - 23:00

I'm about to give up on Todoist because of this.

david premium
Replied on Mar 31, 2013 - 00:32

I wrote a similar proposal to this and I gave up last week and move to trello. Todoist was my last best hope for traditional todo managers. I've moved to Trello and though it has some growing to do, I have loving it.

Robert Köhler
Replied on Apr 03, 2013 - 06:35

That is absolutely right: sub tasks are hard to manage and use at all. Tried to make a shopping list and ended writing the items into a note.

Currently it looks like they are independent tasks just with different kind of intendation floating around.

They have to be attached to their parents when moving them or have to be displayed (even be collapsed) wherever the parent is visible.

This somehow is the same behaviour for projects, but that's not what the vote is about.

David Trey staff
Replied on Apr 03, 2013 - 06:54


Sub-tasks are attached to their parent and you can move the parent along with all sub-tasks.

To create a sub-task structure correctly, please try to do the following:
1. Click on "Add task" at the bottom of the list in any project.
2. Add a task (called "Shopping").
3. When you save it with Enter, you'll see a new input field. Use Ctrl+RightArrow once to indent it by one level and type the name of the first item of your shopping list.
4. When you save it with Enter, the next input field will already be on the same indent level so you can simply type one item after another.

When you're done adding tasks, use Esc to close the new input field and you'll see that you can collapse and expand the task structure below the parent task and drag & drop the whole structure if you "grab" it by the parent task.

Best regards,

Steve Jones premium
Replied on Apr 04, 2013 - 04:12

I'd like to see the following re: project / sub-project and [task count]:

rolled up:

> project 1 [10]


v project 1 [3]
. project 1.1 [5]
. project 1.2 [2]

In the rolled up view, clicking project 1 would list all 10 task in this project and all the sub-projects.

In the expanded view, clicking on project 1 would only list the 3 tasks at the top level.

With this, Todoist would be perfect (especially if it also had the querying capability of RTM).

Iain MacDonald
Replied on Apr 21, 2013 - 13:55

Agree completely with Steve. I found it counter intuitive to set up sub projects and tasks as below:

v Project 1
- Sub project 1 (2)
- Sub project 2 (5)
- Sub project 3 (3)

But when it's rolled up and shown as:

> Project 1 (10)

To select that in the left hand menu, but see:

Project 1
No tasks

Instead of the 10 tasks listed in sub projects of Project 1.

Skylex premium
Replied on Apr 23, 2013 - 00:33

Yes I agree with all, we need this option, the sub projects need to have an option to see all of the main project :)

Skylex premium
Replied on Apr 23, 2013 - 00:38

I just make my vote, now there are 402, this post was 1 year ago, Is time todoist add this option, I love todoist thats why I pay the premium subscription but I really need this sub project options to be more organized, I hope this will be added soon, there are other task manager that have this option, but I really don't want to change Todoist, so please hear us todoist team!!

TimSF premium
Replied on Apr 29, 2013 - 18:01

An alternative appoach would be to add a feature that automatically assigns a label to all tasks created within a project or its sub projects.

Then I could view all home-related projects in one view by filtering by label.

Basically a feature that allows for a default label to be assigned to all items in a project hierachy. This would solve several organization challenges I am facing.

Replied on May 06, 2013 - 03:23

Absolutely agree with it, this is a very important feature!

liya.hoshi premium
Replied on May 06, 2013 - 19:19

Really don't understand why this seemingly simple yet crucial feature has still yet to be implemented. PLEASE GET THIS DONE!

Lance Parsons
Replied on May 09, 2013 - 16:55

There are various methods to achieve what people want here, which is to be able to see all tasks associated with a parent project, ideally sorted by subproject. This would make sub-projects MUCH more useful (really, useful at all) and would be a huge improvement to Todoist. Any update from the staff?

michel kant
Replied on May 10, 2013 - 03:43

really want this feature. Adding on all of this is that the mentioned folder on the home page could be a clickable breadcrumb.

Mark Salam premium
Replied on May 19, 2013 - 01:09

Just signed up for premium. Without this basic ability I'm left wondering why. It's just a given that when I select a parent I want to see everything under the parent with multiple sort and group options but most importantly group by project. I keep trying it because I can't believe it's not there. Now what. I don't think I can use this app.

Luke Abbott
Replied on May 29, 2013 - 12:59

Any news on this feature? It truly is hampering my ability to use todoist to its full potential.

Daniel Melkin premium
Replied on May 31, 2013 - 02:51

Many other productivity tools don't implement nested/sub-projects at all, but since Todoist does and also allows us to collapse and expand the view of nested/sub-projects, it would be very useful if the task list included those from sub-projects.

We can work around this with labels, but that goes against the nature of labels for many of us. (I use labels as context and also for time slicing to mimic the Nozbe task duration)

There are close on 500 votes now, I can see only 3 other proposals with more votes than this and 2 of those are in progress.

Is there light at the end of the tunnel or must we accept defeat? :)

bcronin premium
Replied on Jun 13, 2013 - 14:01

Bumping this up with another vote. This would be a great feature.

Lee Mason premium
Replied on Jun 20, 2013 - 10:14

Bumped again! Subprojects are simply cosmetic/useless without this feature.

PLEASE do this - right now adding manual labels to all sub projects feel cumbersome and not what I'd expect of a service as good as this.

Roa premium
Replied on Jun 27, 2013 - 03:42

Here is another vote.

This feature would be really helpful and avoid an unhelpful work around of having to use label especially as we can not bulk edit tasks.

Another spin off (which I am using labels inefficiently, linked to unable to bulk edit) is the ability to display only only the selected projects / sub projects.

These options would set Todoist ahead of all its competitors. Many thanks.

david premium
Replied on Jun 28, 2013 - 10:24

As this is being considered, please include searching for #Projects as part of this. It is great to get a project view, but I also want to scope my search to

(7 days, overdue) & #Project

Whether or not this #Project scoping includes #Project's subprojects is definitely something to be considered, maybe a

(7 days, overdue) & #^Project

Or something similar to show you want to also see the associated subprojects in the search.

Reid Curry premium
Replied on Jul 05, 2013 - 19:12

I am wanting this sooo bad!

360dpi Info
Replied on Jul 06, 2013 - 04:23

This feature is very helpful.

Christopher Meyfarth premium
Replied on Jul 19, 2013 - 21:33

This would be very helpful and hopefully an easy change.

please help us stay organized with many projects!

Martijn Molegraaf
Replied on Jul 23, 2013 - 00:07

Thx for the great iOS update guys! is already known whether this option will be included in a future release?

David Trey staff
Replied on Jul 23, 2013 - 05:58

Hello Martijn,

We're glad you like it :) As for this feature - we will consider implementing it service-wide, but at this point we're unsure when exactly it will be added.

Best regards,

Kakaxa premium
Replied on Aug 03, 2013 - 12:35

This one and finally I will start using subtask!

David Trey staff
Replied on Aug 12, 2013 - 08:49


We're proud to announce that this feature has now been implemented.

When you click on a parent project, you will see the content of all its sub-projects. Holding the CTRL or SHIFT key when clicking on a project's name will allow you to select or deselect it so you can view selected projects even if they're not part of the same structure.

We hope you'll like this new feature, please let us know what you think and if you have any questions about it - ask anytime.

Best regards,

Mark Royse premium
Replied on Aug 12, 2013 - 08:56

Fantastic! Elegant solution. Thanks so much for implementing this change.

Christopher Meyfarth premium
Replied on Aug 12, 2013 - 08:58

Has it been implemented across all platforms?

And again, THANK YOU!

Will Warren premium
Replied on Aug 12, 2013 - 09:02

Awesome! Works great on the webapp!

David Trey staff
Replied on Aug 12, 2013 - 09:08


Today it's been rolled out on desktop-based platforms (web, plugins, add-ons), we'll add it to our mobile app soon.

Best regards,

Kandi Taylor premium
Replied on Aug 12, 2013 - 15:24

Funny, I guess I am the only person who doesn't like this new feature. I use indents for the subtasks. It would be nice to have this as an option, not default. I have recurring tasks/deadlines in subprojects that I don't want to see unless they come due. Now, in order to hide them, I have to create a search.

Amir Salihefendic staff
Replied on Aug 13, 2013 - 07:19

For those that don't like this feature:
You can click on the project title to just focus on one project.

Best regards,

Roa premium
Replied on Aug 13, 2013 - 13:07

I think this function is great.

There is just one little bug when you print the whole project, it asks to add the notes equal to the number of sub-project you have within the project.



David Trey staff
Replied on Aug 13, 2013 - 14:23

Hello Roa,

Thank you for your report, I have passed it to the developers and we'll look into it.

Best regards,

Anthony Henry premium
Replied on Aug 13, 2013 - 14:37

I was happily surprised when I clicked a project today and all the sub projects were shown. At first I had to do a double take and then I came to this forum to investigate. I absolutely love the implementation of the ctrl/shift key to view multiple projects. Keep up the good work!

Diogo Barreto premium
Replied on Aug 13, 2013 - 16:05

Fantastic... great job! I too was positively surprised when I happened to click one of my top tiered projects and it showed all the tasks beneath it. just great

David Trey staff
Replied on Aug 14, 2013 - 14:13


The issue with being prompted for including notes multiple times when trying to print a page with multiple project has now been fixed.

Best regards,

Roa premium
Replied on Aug 15, 2013 - 08:08

Thanks David, I have tired it and it works great.

I have found another little bug. When you use the option to select / deselect a project / sub-projects and then use the print current page function. It will print the first click you performed.

ie if you clicked on a project it will print all the sub-projects even if in the current view some have been deselected and if you click a sub-project and later selected more, it will only print the first sub-project.

I hope this helps,


David Trey staff
Replied on Aug 15, 2013 - 08:24


Thank you very much for your report, I've been able to reproduce this too and passed it to the developers.

Best regards,

stephendavidcampbell premium
Replied on Aug 16, 2013 - 06:53

great to see this done now, Thank you! real improvement for me : )

Dan North premium
Replied on Sep 14, 2013 - 05:15

It looks like I can see subproject tasks in the main web app, but not in either the Android app or the Firefox sidebar. Are there any plans to support viewing subproject tasks in either of these?


David Trey staff
Replied on Sep 14, 2013 - 07:04

Hello Dan,

Yes, as always, we'll continue to add features from the web to our mobile apps and vice-versa to make both as similar as possible. This feature was introduced on the web quite recently that's why it's still not on Android, but in future updates, we'll add it.

As for Firefox - it's already available there. When you click on "Show menu" at the top and then on a parent project, you will see the content of all sub-projects too. If you don't please log out, clear Firefox's cache, reload it and then log back in.

Best regards,

Dan North premium
Replied on Sep 14, 2013 - 07:30

Oh fantastic - I didn't see the subproject there before. Looking forward to seeing it appear in the Android app too.

Kind regards,
Dan, a very happy Todoist customer.

Raul Uribe premium
Replied on Oct 04, 2013 - 20:03

Please! This is a must in the android app, the idea was register 2 years ago and it has more than 640 votes at this moment!

We need a date please.

Brady Rosino premium
Replied on Oct 13, 2013 - 13:46

I am new to Todoist and I was happy to see this behavior on the website.

I would really like to see this implemented in the iOS app.

I use three master projects as 'areas of responsibilities' and need to see what tasks are included in sub projects.

Area A
------sub project
------sub project
------------sub project
------sub project
Area B
------ sub project
------ sub project
Area C
------ sub project

I need to see all the tasks from the sub projects if I select the project 'Area A.' This works perfect on the website, but I would love to see it on the app. I know the iOS app just had a major update... hoping this will be included in a point release sometime in the near future!


Jacek Królikowski
Replied on Jan 23, 2014 - 09:23

Right now there's an inconsistency between the behaviour of the webapp and the android app. The reason I chose Todoist over Wunderlist is the ability to have projects and subprojects and being able to view all the tasks from one top-level project (and subprojects) without being bothered by the tasks from other projects.

Right now I can't do it in the android app.

Jacek Królikowski
Replied on Jan 23, 2014 - 09:27

Also: judging by the comments I don't think this ticket should be marked as "closed", should it?

David Trey staff
Replied on Jan 23, 2014 - 11:23

Hello Jacek,

Thank you for your feedback, we will consider adding such option to our mobile apps in future updates and you're welcome to vote for the requests for Android: http://todoist.com/Vote_Android/showProposal/161/ and iOS: http://todoist.com/Vote_iOS/showProposal/126/

This suggestion has the status "completed" as this issue is implemented in the related platform (web).

Best regards,

Reid Curry premium
Replied on Jan 29, 2014 - 06:42

This had 654 votes and was implemented. I am assuming a good chunk of you are iOS app users that would also like this functionality, Please take a moment and vote for this to implemented in the iOS app: http://todoist.com/Vote_iOS/showProposal/126/

Android users would be happy too!

Santi Gutiérrez premium
Replied on Apr 19, 2014 - 12:14

I think that a better implementation of that would be to let the user choose to see or not sub projects on the present view.

Showing always sub projects is sometimes annoying, when you don't want to drill down to the maximum detail.

Consider this, please.