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sub tasks show twice in website when viewing search

When I have sub tasks set up such as:

>Free day
wash car
Go Shopping
Darn socks - has to be done sometime ;-)

If I perform a search such as "7 days" the main category "Free Day" is shown as well as the sub tasks - at the same level of indentation as the "Free Day" category.

However the indentation arrow is also shown for "Free Day" and when opened you see all the subtasks at the correct indentation.

Close the indentation arrow and the duplicate tasks which had appeared at the same level as the category now dissappear - Click on the arrow again and you end up seeing the duplicated tasks at the different levels of indentation again.


While writing this novel I have discovered this happens when the subtasks also have been assigned the same due date as the parent category.

Leave the child tasks without a due date and they appear as you would expected nested underneath the parent category when searching.

Hope my ramblings have been helpful to someone!!!


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David Trey  staff
Replied on Nov 24, 2012 - 12:35 UTC

Hello Brendan,

This is a intended behavior. If you type "today", for example, within the search box, Todoist should show you every single task that's due today regardless of its indent level. However, if a task that's due today is a parent task, we've placed the arrow next to it as a reminder that it's broken down into sub-tasks and you may want to check them before you complete the parent task.

Sub-tasks listed there (under the parent task when you expand the list) may indeed be the same ones as listed already, but you will also see all other sub-tasks of this parent even if it doesn't meet the search criteria (as a reference).

The option to disable showing sub-tasks separately would force you to expand every parent task, see all other sub-tasks that may not be due today and try to find those that do which could be inconvenient. Removing the option to expand a parent task could also be inconvenience because in order to check what sub-tasks does this task have, you would have to enter each project of each such task to see what it contains. Therefore, we've chosen to show both sub-tasks that meet the search criteria and add the collapse/expand arrow as a reference.

Best regards,

Brendan Gibbons
Replied on Nov 25, 2012 - 01:58 UTC

Thanks for the very thorough reply!



Raymond Vasvari  premium
Replied on Mar 06, 2013 - 14:47 UTC

In other words, it's a feature, not a bug.
Adding the option would allow users to decide if they wanted the inconvenience or risk of opting only to see sub-tasks after manually expanding the parent task. Giving that choice to the user would empower them to structure their day as they liked, not as you imagine it would be better for them to like.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Mar 06, 2013 - 18:48 UTC

Hello Raymond,

Thank you for your feedback, we appreciate it and you're welcome to add a request for such feature to our Votebox: http://todoist.com/Vote/

Best regards,