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How to create sub tasks?


Sorry I may be missing something really obvious but I can't find any way to create sub-tasks. I searched the other questions and answers and there were lots of references to bugs & other issues but no question about how to actually create them! Many people referred to an indent sign but I don't seem to have that function. I can (in order from L to R on my screen) hover to re-order / tick a box / edit the task name / add notes / edit the date / get a dropdown list with other options like reminders and priority, but I can't see anything about sub-tasks. What am I missing? Thanks

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Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Oct 01, 2013 - 02:35 UTC

Hi Rebecca,

You cannot change a task's indent level from the Today screen or other date based views. Head to the project for that task, click on it to edit, and then at the far right side you will see those arrows to change the indent level. You can also use CTRL+RightArrow to do the same thing.


Replied on Oct 01, 2013 - 03:54 UTC

Fantastic! Thanks for the very prompt answer.

Samantha OConnor  premium
Replied on May 30, 2014 - 14:55 UTC

I am probably being dim too, but if I have set a task and its in a project, and I would like to add a series of sub tasks to that , how do I do that?

Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on May 30, 2014 - 15:23 UTC

Hi Samantha,

I replied to your other thread. Sorry it took a while, I was finishing it up with examples and some tips for you. :-) Here's how you can add sub-tasks:

You can do create sub-tasks in two different ways.

Method 1: Using Keyboard shortcuts
- edit a tasks
- use CTRL+LEFT/RIGHT (or CMD is you're using a Mac) to change the level of a tasks

Method 2: Using on-screen buttons
- edit a task
- hover on the 3-dot icon on the bottom right of a task
- use the last two icons to change the level

As for adding more sub-task, you change a level of a task so it will have the same level of the other sub-task. Also, while adding sub-tasks, it automatically adds a blank one for you at the same level which is convenient is your doing a long list.

You can create as much as four levels for you sub-tasks to break them down even further.

Best Regards,


Rieks Jansen  premium
Replied on Aug 08, 2014 - 09:19 UTC

It would be nice if this would actully work. Keep pressing crtl + arrow but it wont move.

Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on Aug 08, 2014 - 09:48 UTC

Hi Rieks,

Please note that this doesn't work in a filtered view, Today view, or Next 7 days view. You have to be within a project for it to work.


Rieks Jansen  premium
Replied on Aug 20, 2014 - 06:30 UTC

Now new problem, the tasks appear in the subtask, but also in the “main” vieuw

Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on Aug 20, 2014 - 06:35 UTC


Are you viewing this using the Today or Next 7 days view? If you are, you'll find that sub-tasks will be shown with the same level as regular tasks. If the main task is also due, you'll have the option to expand it and will then see the sub-tasks shown twice.

By default, the parents tasks are not expanded and the reason the sub-tasks are displayed this way is to ensure that you wouldn't miss them.


Anthony Colletti  premium
Replied on Nov 04, 2014 - 11:43 UTC

it would be really nice if the main 'parent' tasks inherited its due date based on the last due date of its sub tasks.

Rieks Jansen  premium
Replied on Nov 04, 2014 - 11:47 UTC

I agree!

Jamie Jimenez  premium
Replied on Dec 29, 2014 - 15:05 UTC

Is there any way to change the view so that subtasks stay as subtasks, and not appear at the same level as tasks in Today view?

Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on Dec 29, 2014 - 15:38 UTC

Hi Jamie,

No, there's no way to change this for now.


Travis Baraki  premium
Replied on Feb 09, 2015 - 23:29 UTC

I agree with Jamie: It would be fantastic if subtasks would only display as nested in Today/7 Day views. Having the redundant notification detracts from the utility of having nested subtasks in the first place, especially when there are different due dates/reminders set.

Louise  premium
Replied on Apr 03, 2015 - 03:35 UTC

I just came across this problem - my work around is to add the subtasks under the main task without adding due dates to the subtasks.

That way they don't show up twice in the Today/7 Day view (but I still seem to be able to see the subtasks if I expand the main task).

Though I acknowledge this is not helpful if you want to have different due dates for subtasks!

Matt Walker
Replied on Jun 30, 2015 - 17:53 UTC

Great solution Louise. Thank you.

Replied on Aug 06, 2015 - 16:58 UTC

​Hi...just a thought...it'd be great to be able to move a task to a
sub-task in whatever view we're using (I'm always showing the next 7 days).
thanks! :-) ​

Jobjörn Folkesson  premium
Replied on Aug 16, 2015 - 14:24 UTC

I agree with @mrfmon. Why is this not possible?