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Quickly adding a sub-task

When I am creating a Todo list I often want to add a task, then come back to it later and add a number of sub-tasks.

There is no easy way I can see to quickly insert indented sub-tasks? The keyboard shortcuts for "Save and insert below" don't seem to work when editing a task that already exists. It simply saves the edited task.

How can I quickly add sub-tasks to a task that is in the middle of a list?

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Jonas Borgman
Replied on Jan 26, 2014 - 18:08 UTC

I had this problem aswell.. what i accidentally did was to use the "add task below" on a task that had sub tasks, thinking that this new task would be indented as well, what actually happened was that a new parent task was created and all the sub tasks in the previous task was moved to the new task.
An example create parent task A with a sub task B, like so:
Next, click A and insert task C below, what i would expect is that C would be the first sub task of A, like this:
But whats happening is that the sub tasks of A is moved to the new parent task C, like this:

David Trey  staff
Replied on Jan 26, 2014 - 23:07 UTC

Hello Jamie,

As Jonas mentioned, please right-click on a task and choose "Add task below", but once you do, use Ctrl+RightArrow to quickly indent the new input field.

Once you do, you can add new sub-tasks one after another without further indenting and quickly save them with Enter.

Best regards,

Erica Rieder
Replied on Jan 29, 2014 - 01:40 UTC


Couldn't there be a way to do this easily with a shortcut? I've also quickly run into problems with this. On the Shortcuts page it says that hitting "enter" will work but that of course doesn't (as mentioned). However, the Ctrl+Enter works to add a task above the one you're working on. This is a really crucial feature to have as it saves tons of time.


David Trey  staff
Replied on Jan 29, 2014 - 11:36 UTC

Hello Erica,

Enter works only if you're adding a new task or adding multiple tasks using the "Add task below" (or above) option. If you've clicked on an already existing task to edit it - only then Enter will not open a new input field, but just save the changes.

Best regards,

Santanam Swaminadhan  premium
Replied on Jan 05, 2015 - 06:43 UTC

There absolutely needs to be a keyboard shortcut to add tasks below one another.

I also find the (ctrl + arrow) indentation method painful as that combination is normally the keyboard shortcut to navigate words/paragraphs.

Otherwise a great product.

Al  premium
Replied on Mar 25, 2015 - 18:52 UTC

How about Alt-Down to add new task below current selected task, and Alt-Right to add a new sub task below current task? This would make things much easier to add.