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Project Folders

Are there any plans to implement project folders, or project 'parents' as a way to organize multiple projects? For example, I am in school taking 2 classes. Each class would be a project. Each project would have tasks. For my work tasks, i could have another 4 projects, each with their own set of tasks. Then I have home projects, personal projects, etc.

It would be nice to group these project in such a way that there aren't 20 different projects on my main menu. A parenting system would allow me to do something like this:

> Personal
> P1
> P2
> Business
> Work
> School
> Home

I simple way to do this would be to allow labels to be assigned to projects. Then i could just filter by a label... the label would also apply to any child tasks, etc.

I have noticed that it is possible to create tasks and sub-tasks within a project. I could use the method of making each master task a 'project', with a number of sub-tasks, but this would get really messy from a readability perspective.

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Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Oct 13, 2013 - 21:46 UTC

Hi Vinny,

This is already possible. If you right click on a Project, you can then select "add project below" and if you use CTRL+RightArrow or click on the two arrows on the right hand side when adding a Project, you can change the indent level making them Parent or Sub Projects.


Vinny Troia  premium
Replied on Oct 13, 2013 - 23:35 UTC

Thanks. I found it shortly after. :)

Jamie Alter
Replied on Jul 27, 2014 - 17:34 UTC

Are you guys ever planning to add actual folders.
Current lack of folders and the way we have to "stack" tasks is inefficient and difficult to work with.
As it currently is, we make top level projects the "folders" and the actual projects themselves become sub-tasks of the folder.

When juggling more than 20 projects, the left side of the screen in extremely tedious to work & manipulate. I am forced to create longer project names so that I can identify parent projects for tasks in the "Today" task list.

Really wish you would crate a better system.
Emmulate Omnifocus and keep the collaboration aspect you have and it woudl be a MUCH improved end product.

Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on Jul 28, 2014 - 03:51 UTC

Hi Jamie,

Please note you can create several levels of sub-projects to get context for your projects. Can you please elaborate how a folder structure would be different from that? Thanks!



Jamie Alter
Replied on Jul 29, 2014 - 23:25 UTC

I use the left side of the screen as a way to add layers of organization...
Parent projects essentially become folders and the sub projects underneath them are my actual projects.

When clicking on the folder (ie parent project) I can see all of the individual projects (sub project) stored underneath it, along with the numerous tasks for each.
It would be extremely helpful to be able to collapse the individual projects (sub project) to hide the tasks underneath it to get a cleaner inventory of all the projects in a particular folder.

There also needs to be more layers of organization...
A better way to tag projects so they can be identified when they show up in the daily tasks list.

Currently, we are forced to create a lengthy project name that completely identifies the project a task is related to.
For example:
Project Folder (Parent Project) = Coca Cola November Spot TV Ad Campaign
Actual Project (Sub Project) = Walmart
Task 1 = R&D media buy plan

This would appear in daily tasks as:
"R&D media buy plan ....Walmart"
I have to dig to find out that this task pertains to the Coca Cola Nov Spot TV campaign
This is just for Walmart.
We have hundreds of key accounts so this becomes a real time suck.
We alleviate this by creating long project (Sub Project) titles.

Actual Project (Sub Project) then becomes... Walmart / Coca Cola : November Spot TV

This doesn't format well in the limited screen space you allow.

Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on Jul 30, 2014 - 08:08 UTC

Hi Jamie,

Thanks for the detailed feedback, it's much appreciated. As I've said in the previous thread, we'll look into improving this in the future.


Denis Rafter
Replied on Sep 21, 2014 - 17:27 UTC

I am confused, why can Jamie achieve his desired structure with tasks within task, as I understand it a bunch of tadks within a task is a project,

Thus on the left side parent project with sub projects being Tasks within tasks:

(Project) = Coca Cola November Spot TV Ad Campaign
- (Task parent) Walmart
- (Sub task) item 1 R&D media buy plan
- (Sub task) item 2 XXXXX XXXXXX
- (Sub task) item 3 AAAAAA AAAAAA

I am new to Todoist, so I guess I am missing something, but it does appear to me that there are numerous advantages of using Tasks with sub tasks. For example labels and filters work brilliant with Tasks but they don't seem to help with projects. The only thing I can see one can do with projects is collapse and expand in an outline. Labels and filters allow one to interrogate the database to show what is needed for most user scenarios.
I am sure I have much to learn.

Ladislas de Toldi
Replied on May 31, 2015 - 21:44 UTC

any news on that?

Galina Skovorodnikova  staff
Replied on May 31, 2015 - 21:46 UTC

Hi Ladislas,

Not yet, but as we have any news, we will share! Sorry about that.