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Easy way to add subtasks?

I've searched this question before posting, and it seems to mention that when I right-click on a task, I'm given an option to create a subtask... but I don't see that option

Something I'm missing?

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Jon Moore
Replied on Oct 28, 2013 - 15:00 UTC

Ah, I can only do it when I haven't created a filter on a task. Hrm.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Oct 28, 2013 - 16:17 UTC

Hello Jon,

Indeed, if you're viewing your tasks from a search result page (label, date-based), it's not possible to create sub-tasks from there as tasks on such search results are not shown with their original structure and include tasks from many different projects so it would be unclear unclear where and under what task would you like the sub-task to be.

Therefore, to create task structures with sub-tasks, please enter a project and then you can right-click on a task, choose "Add task below" and use either Ctrl+RightArrow or the arrow icons on the right side of the input field to indent it.

Best regards,

Bernard Corsy - Dewu
Replied on Mar 21, 2014 - 14:45 UTC

fools! (-1) Design the todoist website better to make it easier to add subtasks. I had to google how to add subtasks on todoist before i made my subtasks.

Replied on Apr 27, 2014 - 20:19 UTC

Yes, just now I realized how hard it is to add a subtask in the web.

I am finding some basic problems in the todoist .... thinking about giving up my premium acount

David Trey  staff
Replied on Apr 27, 2014 - 20:30 UTC

Hello Luis,

We're sorry to hear that :-( All you need to do to add a sub-task is enter the project where you want to add it, and use Ctrl+RightArrow when adding or editing a task.

Best regards,

Replied on Apr 28, 2014 - 08:39 UTC

There are many basic problems in the app, for example when you add a project in the android app it always goes to the bottom and the we have to drag it to the place we want and then we have to change the level ... I mean .. come on, it is a 29 dollar app....

If no updates are anounced until the end of my 30 days I will certainly give up the premium.

Why don't at least you let us know what features are you working on to improve ?

David Trey  staff
Replied on Apr 28, 2014 - 11:52 UTC


We're working on multiple new features and improvements for current features. We don't announce what we're working on as the ETAs can change often so we could never give you an exact release date anyway.

We're sorry to hear that our app doesn't meet your expectations :-( You can of course request a refund within 30 days of purchase.

Best regards,

Michael Grenenger  premium
Replied on May 07, 2014 - 05:21 UTC

a task app with no sub task functionality is useless.

I had such high hopes for Todoist but its back to Priorities app for me

David Trey  staff
Replied on May 07, 2014 - 14:42 UTC

Hello Michael,

All our apps support sub-tasks. On the web use Ctrl+RightArrow to indent a task while editing it or adding it in a project and on mobile select the indent level from a drop-down menu.

Todoist supports sub-tasks on 4 indent levels and sub-projects on 3 indent levels.

Best regards,

Replied on May 08, 2014 - 09:49 UTC


I think that it's not user friendly and not intuitive to add sub task only from project view instead from every view (i mean to your web application)
for my opinion it's big problem and bug disadvantage

the most used views are "today" and "next 7 days"
I think that it's important to add the ability to add sub task from the most common used views.
(you did it great on your android application)
are you intend to change it ? and to add this very important ability ?

I think that your application is very good, it has a lot of great features, it has quick response to the user actions,
but to make it perfect you need to design the GUI to be more simple, use the minimum clicks and mouse movements to take an action, and improve the GUI at lease to the most common cases


Samantha OConnor  premium
Replied on May 30, 2014 - 15:09 UTC

God I still dont know how to add sub tasks? after reading all this, are you saying that you can only add sub tasks to an exisiting task in project view?
I want to be able to add a task, and when I think of it or at any time another action seems relevant, I want to go back to that task and add verious sub tasks to it. I would like to be able to tick off each sub task and then eventually after all actions are taken tick off the entire task/project. I probably have it wrong but if you set a task and it has another action you can't just add a sub task whislt ticking off the first action/task. You have to start another one, which would normally be fine, but if you have a lot of notes attached to that task, you loose all of those, if you start up a new stage/sub task etc. Am I being dim?

Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on May 30, 2014 - 15:29 UTC

Hi Samantha,

Please let me know if the steps I gave you earlier aren't too clear yet. I can probably create some screenshots that would show you how it works. :-)

Best Regards,


Chris Matthews  premium
Replied on Jun 18, 2014 - 17:27 UTC

Just started using this program a day ago. Has a good core, but still needs development.

Not being able to add subtasks unless you are in a project is quite cumbersome, and was very frustrating.

However, I have found that if you click on the project name / dot to the right in the filter /search view - it brings you directly to that task within the project. Then it is possible to easily add the subtasks. Not ideal - but better than what I was doing clciking back through projects and finding the task...

Not sure if this is documented and explained somewhere, I had looked around, but may have missed it.


krzemian  premium
Replied on Oct 29, 2014 - 11:53 UTC

"Not being able to add subtasks unless you are in a project is quite cumbersome, and was very frustrating." +1

I also think that adding subtasks is not intuitive, even in the project view. I'm writing that just to let you make the product better. :)


Janine  premium
Replied on Nov 05, 2014 - 05:10 UTC

Yes, Todoist must work on making subtasks easier and more intuitive to add. Google tasks has the most intuitive way of adding subtasks that I've seen so far. You add a task. Then you hit tab to indent as many times as you need. If you want to reverse the indent, you just hit shift+tab. And you just hit enter to add a task directly below the one above it. Why do most task programs make subtasks so complicated? Did Google put a patent on the way they do subtasks?

Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on Nov 05, 2014 - 05:18 UTC

Hi Janine,

Here are the shortcuts that you can use:

CTRL+Left/Arrow = changing the level of a task
SHIFT+Enter = add a new task below the task that you're currently editing
a = adds a task at the bottom of the list
A = (capital letter a) adds a task at the top of the list

Just simply using the TAB to create sub-tasks doesn't really work that well as TAB is generally used for moving from one field to another. This is the expected behavior for most websites. ;-)

Hope the shortcuts I listed above helps you out. You can also refer to this link for information about keyboard shortcuts: https://todoist.com/Help/KeyboardShortcuts :-)


Janine  premium
Replied on Nov 05, 2014 - 05:29 UTC

Thanks Clyde!!

xcfw  premium
Replied on Nov 05, 2014 - 08:51 UTC


I think people who are using sub-tasks for a big projects must use business applications like: smartsheets or MS Project, there is a very hi quality subtasking =)

Todoist is very good, because of simplicity and sub-tasks, of course, are necessary but not the most important feature, i think.

krzemian  premium
Replied on Nov 05, 2014 - 21:58 UTC

Hey Clyde

Are you talking from your own experience or from a poll conducted in the past? Personally Ctrl + Arrow is troublesome for me as I often use Ctrl + Left/Right to move between words to edit typos. Yet Tab would not be good either. How about Ctrl + Alt + Arrow? Or at least an option to switch for that/customize the shortcuts so that we can get the most efficiency?
Honestly I've just moved from doit.im to Todoist Premium and I'm still hesitant whether to stay there as I'm looking for the quickest seamless way to add and manage tasks and Todoist is unfortunately still some distance from "great" at the moment (just to mention that I see no option to add notes to a task other than quick-add task and then edit it or that I can only create subtasks from within the project, not in the "Today" look).
If you want I can give you lots of guidance about the UX or even conduct some polls among people just to let you understand the end user and his needs better. If so - feel free to msg me.


Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Nov 05, 2014 - 22:02 UTC


Clyde is simply listed what we have available at this time. We are always going to improve and make things better, most of the time based on users requests and suggestions. Its just a matter of when.

So thank you for that.


markehrhardt  premium
Replied on Nov 11, 2014 - 00:39 UTC

Just putting my 2 cents in to impress the utter frustration of not being able to add a subtask except from a project view. I NEVER am in a project view. I'm always in a Next 7 Days view. Hurry with this enhancement please!

Janine  premium
Replied on Nov 11, 2014 - 02:50 UTC

Omg....that is exactly my problem too. I am always in the Next 7 Days view as well and also wondered why I couldn't add sub-tasks there.

Overall, ToDoist has so much potential. It has so many features which gives it great flexbility, but there is something odd when when using it. It's a vague feeling of lacking flow and smoothness....

Does anyone else know what I mean??

For example, when I am in my inbox or today view, I will click on items to see my subtasks but they will often automatically hide themselves and I don't know what I did to trigger that. And yes, why can you see the subtasks there but not edit them?

Janine  premium
Replied on Nov 11, 2014 - 02:57 UTC

Does anyone know what programs do subtasks the best? Google tasks was great but lacks mobile or desktop apps and can't be accessed offline.

Brint Keyes  premium
Replied on May 02, 2015 - 14:55 UTC

One more vote for allowing users to add subtasks using the right-click button from any view. This is clearly and obviously the most intuitive. I just tried adding a subtask using the procedure mentioned above. Biggest problem? Just FINDING the task while scrolling through my inbox. And any time I want to add a subtask, I have to manually scroll through the inbox. That's a HUGE waste of time. And please don't tell me to create more projects in which to file my tasks -- that, too, is a waste of time, since I don't use projects as an organizing principle, and doing so would simply make me spend more time adding a task.

I also wish you guys hadn't taken the (MSWord) "CTRL-Left arrow" command away -- I'm constantly trying to use that to edit my tasks, and constantly being frustrated by its non-functionality.

I LIKE ToDoist. I use it a lot. I just wish it weren't so difficult and time-consuming to do something that (as so many other users have posted on your pages) should clearly be a right-click option, consistent with the VAST majority of other web & desktop applications.

Emma Smith  premium
Replied on May 13, 2015 - 20:59 UTC

I'll give David Tray the benefit of the doubt that such functionality wasn't supported by *any* platform when he first replied on Oct 28, 2013, but I just wanted to note that it IS actually possible to add a new subtask to a task directly from the search results view ... but, from my experience, *ONLY* from the Android app. I've also tried using the Windows, Chrome, and web apps, to no avail.

Which is crazy.

Obviously the functionality of adding tasks from/to search results IS supported by the Todoist backend, but the Windows and web app interfaces simply lack an element to facilitate that interaction. The keyboard shortcuts for adding and editing tasks do NOT work the same on the search results page (understandably so) but it seems like they could just add the same option as the Android app to "Add sub-task" directly from the task editing ellipsis menu ... thingy.