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View parent task from subtask


I typically use the Today view or the 7 Days view, but I also use a lot of subtasks. The problem is that the subtasks appear in these views without any context to their parent task. For example, say I have a task to "Prepare for trip to LA" and I have a subtask of "Book flight". When viewing the Today view, I only see the "Book flight" task. There is also no way to navigate to the parent task from the "Book flight" task. This can be a problem if I have two trips I'm preparing for. When I see "Book flight", I don't know if that's for my LA trip or for my NY trip.

Currently, I use tags to identify what parent task subtasks belong to. But this is tedious because then I have to tag every subtask I create. I could also make the parent task a project instead, but then I don't have the ability to assign a deadline.

It would be nice to be able to see the parent task of a subtask from any view. Maybe if you hovered your mouse over it, it would should the parent task. Or, maybe the parent task could appear in gray above it.

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David Trey staff
Replied on Nov 28, 2012 - 09:11

Hello Darren,

Thank you for your suggestion, we appreciate it and will consider improving the 7 days view in the future.

For now, there are 2 ways to achieve this:
1. On the right side of each task, the name of the project is displayed. Clicking on it brings you directly to the task it's referring to and highlights it for a moment.
2. If you add a due date to the parent task, if will also display in this view, but will have an arrow which you can use to collapse/expand its sub-tasks for reference.

Best regards,

Gabriel premium
Replied on Apr 26, 2013 - 12:13

I've thought about it too and agree with Darren that it'd be nice to have some visual reference to where orphan subtasks belong. Otherwise one need to write lots of redundant info to avoid the "book flight" type of example he gave.

The problem I see with the given workarounds are:
1. This doesn't seem to be available in the Android app, so only works in certain platforms. Also, it's an extra step before being able to get started on it.
2. This can be a problem if there are multiple subtasks with different due dates, or if the parent tasks has a final due date but the subtasks are schedule for a different time.

I think a fair non-intrusive way to deal with this is having (in small text, like tags are shown on the browser, or how dates are shown in the Android app) a folder-like address.

For example when 2-nd level subtask2 is displayed as an orphan, have below it, in small font: "project/task/subtask1/"
Or maybe just "task/subtask1/" since the project/subproject is already shown in the current setup (in a nicer, more prominent way).

I do understand the dilemma of trying to minimize clutter, but I think displaying the address only for orphaned subtasks can help with that (and perhaps even toggling it on/off if people don't want the extra information, I'm sure it's hard to keep everybody happy!).

Overall though, I do greatly enjoy using Todoist and have found it very helpful. Keep up the great work!

Replied on May 24, 2013 - 12:07

I write a lot of redundant info in subtask for this reason,so it just keeps me from being a happy user.

Scott Saverance
Replied on Jul 08, 2013 - 16:28

+1 on this being essential. I'm comparing Todoist to Toodledo, which I've used heavily for nearly four years. Todoist's multilevel hierarchy is compelling, but it's almost useless if the hierarchy context isn't visible on each task in every view.

Jae H. Lee premium
Replied on Aug 09, 2013 - 11:05

I checked out Toodledo as well but the process of inputting contextual meta-data is much easier with Todoist. I do hope you guys figure out a way to show sub tasks better on all your platforms soon.

rickgalan premium
Replied on Sep 10, 2013 - 16:00

I also agree that this is necessary. If I use tags to search through my tasks, all the task hierarchy is flattened out, making it very difficult to make sense of what I'm looking at.

Replied on Nov 10, 2013 - 06:25

A required feature. Along with the project name, provide a link to the parent task.

Hans Donner premium
Replied on Nov 13, 2013 - 05:43

Yes, would be needed to prevent from repeating the same info.
Display could even be something like

Book flight [Prepare for trip to LA]

Liona Tomm premium
Replied on Mar 14, 2014 - 09:19

I also strongly support this task. Very difficult to understand where did the problem (subtask), when you look at the list today or for 7 days.
It would be desirable to have a visible subtasks the "name of the task."

Maria Brant premium
Replied on Mar 27, 2014 - 20:04

I agree. It's annoying and a waste of time to have to add the name of the parent task in order to be able to see it in the 7 day view, for example. The whole point of adding subtasks for me is to break down one "big" task into smaller tasks. If I can't set different due dates for them, then the ability to add subtasks is useless.

celita972 premium
Replied on Mar 28, 2014 - 09:45