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Whilst I love sub-tasks (my reason for coming here from RTM), I'm getting increasingly frustrated with the fact they don't move with their parent when I re-order tasks, this leaves them assigned to a different parent task.


- task 1 v
-- subtask 1
-- subtask 2
- task 2

If I were to drag task 2 to between task 1 and subtask 1, then the two subtasks would now be assigned to task 2:

- task 1
- task 2 v
-- subtask 1
-- subtask 2

This is messy, dangerous and wrong.
Can you change the logic so that either a) a task dragged to a position below a task with subtasks is inserted below the subtasks or b) subtasks are assigned to a task in a hierarchical manner rather than being implied by position and indentation. I'd prefer option b. This would remove the need for user-set indentation.


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Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on Apr 28, 2014 - 07:34 UTC

Hi Steve,

Thank your for your feedback. Feel free to add this as a suggestion in the votebox https://todoist.com/Vote/ so other users can vote for it.



Replied on Apr 28, 2014 - 08:28 UTC

Yes, please add this to the votebox!

Replied on Jun 07, 2014 - 19:44 UTC


Replied on Jul 17, 2014 - 20:12 UTC

i agree. this is a must have for me.

Trish Putnam
Replied on Jul 17, 2014 - 20:16 UTC

+1, definitely! That's an expected behavior - if a sub-task is associated with a parent task, it should move as a unit.

Pert Eilers  premium
Replied on Sep 14, 2014 - 14:29 UTC

This is, quite frankly, unforgivable behavior in a task management/productivity tool. I love the simplicity of TD, but I need to be able to see subtasks related to their primary task - and stay there. Losing the relationship between primary and subtasks is very bad. Having two tasks show up on the same "Today" view - one as a primary and the other as a secondary under the primary is messing up the whole point of "getting things done." Do a round of remote usability testing, and I bet your users will come up with workable solutions!
Honestly, the more intensely I use the ToDoist, the more problematic this becomes. It makes me regret getting premium.

Kakaxa  premium
Replied on Sep 19, 2014 - 11:28 UTC

"... see subtasks related to their primary task - and stay there. Losing the relationship between primary and subtasks is very bad."


Jay Medley  premium
Replied on Oct 13, 2014 - 14:48 UTC

Good grief. This should be a basic requirement of ANY task management application. Not sure if Todoist can be used with other people who aren't used to avoiding this SNAFU.

Peter Nilsson
Replied on Oct 18, 2014 - 19:38 UTC

So, this is why I couldn't understand sub tasks. It never crossed my mind that indentation alone would be the indicator. This is a very fragile implementation. As a new user I really like TD, but working with sub tasks are essential to me and I think I will have to wait to go Premium until that is working as expected.

Rick Schwartz  premium
Replied on Nov 10, 2014 - 16:09 UTC

I'm glad for this thread. It makes me feel less incompetent. It was completely expected to me that sub-tasks would actually be sub-tasks. They are not. They are merely tasks that are indented.

One of the crucial elements of GTD is to take a task and break it into next-actions. Next-actions ARE sub-tasks.

Please get this done, without it, your system is just a list and I could be using Outlook Tasks. X-(

Dragan Ruzic  premium
Replied on Nov 10, 2014 - 19:58 UTC

An old thread containing a very important issue.
Not knowing anything about coding, a developer friend explained that you guys would have to go deep into the TD code and that it can take time.
Now it's been 6 months since the issue has been brought up.

I can only second the request for a "redo" of this option in Todoist. We need a working subtask structure that is intuitive and easy to understand.

Michael Ball  premium
Replied on Jan 09, 2015 - 15:05 UTC

I can only echo all of this. I just installed TD and have been planning to migrate from Wunderlist because TD integrates so nicely with Google Apps. I had just sent a support request regarding sub-tasks (couldn't find means to create them) when I found this board. Really hard to imagine why TD would have been written this way to begin with. Obviously, this function has to be added...or I'll have to fall back and stick with Wunderlist.

John Thomas  premium
Replied on Jan 09, 2015 - 18:56 UTC

Wow, just found this thread. This seems crazy counter intuitive. How can a subtask NOT stay with its parent. Wow!

Replied on Jan 09, 2015 - 19:52 UTC

Oh Support People:

Any updates on this. I've been "playing" with TD, with some small personal tasks. I think it is awesome ---- but I will not rely on TD with the important stuff until this feature is added.

Any update on this? :-S

Stephan Cox  premium
Replied on Jan 19, 2015 - 17:24 UTC

Yes, +1 vote on high priority requirement to add this functionality. I realize you view this as additional functionality, but it really should be viewed as an "intuitive" bug. You would be hard pressed to find very many people that would intuitively think the sub-tasks are not "linked" to the parent task.

Margo Maier-Moul
Replied on Feb 05, 2015 - 05:01 UTC

+1 to the chorus who can't believe this implementation is even called "sub-tasks."
This is a deal-breaker, please fix!

Ken Bagby  premium
Replied on Feb 08, 2015 - 05:40 UTC

After spending HOURS trying to figure out how to tie sub-tasks to tasks, and finding nothing but dead-ends, no documentation, nothing, I stumble onto this! At least I am not alone. I LOVE Todoist. But this is an absolute fatal flaw. And fatal flaw #2 is not having a user manual. These two problems take Todoist from a clear #1 to nothing more than a nice looking categorized to-do list. To-do's are part of a bigger topic, projects.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE FIX THESE 2 FATAL FLAWS...I don't want to have to look for an alternative product but if this isn't fixed, I will have no choice. I hope I can limp along and manually remember where each sub-task fits with which task.


paulstief  premium
Replied on Feb 17, 2015 - 15:24 UTC

I agree completely with the previous speakers. This is a bad flaw. I have to use Wunderlist (!) to get subtasks managed properly. Do you really want us to got to your competitors for an important feature like this? I guess not. I am really hooe getting this into todoist soon.

Mike Cookson  premium
Replied on Feb 18, 2015 - 13:19 UTC

I agree +1. Would be great if linking sub-tasks to task also meant that when a recurring task is created then any sub-tasks also recur.

Aaron Boydston
Replied on Feb 19, 2015 - 12:58 UTC

Yes, these are NOT sub tasks. They are just indented--which seems a little pointless. And causes more headaches than helps.

Frank Betz  premium
Replied on Feb 19, 2015 - 14:49 UTC

I found a way to avoid this problem.
I use the example from above:

v task 1
.....subtask 1.1
.....subtask 1.2
v task 2
.....subtask 2.1
.....subtask 2.2

First you have to un-expand all task (click on the little triangel):

> task 1
> task 2

Then you can move a task

> task 2
> task 1

Now you can expand the tasks again and it is in the correct order:

v task 2
.....subtask 2.1
.....subtask 2.2
v task 1
.....subtask 1.1
.....subtask 1.2

Hope this helps

Michael Ball  premium
Replied on Feb 19, 2015 - 20:03 UTC

Yes, I've discovered this. It does help.

Thank you.

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Jay Medley  premium
Replied on Feb 20, 2015 - 14:10 UTC

I've moved off of Todoist because of this obvious design flaw. Sad. I had such high expectations for it.

Gary Gustafson  premium
Replied on Jul 04, 2015 - 23:58 UTC

What? This thread is over a year old and still not fix!
What are the techs doing. Obviously not reading this thread.

I drag a subtask over and POW, all its siblings are now its children
What kind of behavior is THAT. This is a huge bump and drives me nuts!
I am new to Todoist and paid my money but this is a deal breaker people! I have wasted enough time re-ordering my task after this misbehavior.

Otherwise everything I needed.

Ken Bagby  premium
Replied on Jul 05, 2015 - 03:48 UTC

You're not alone. At first, I thought it must be me. I have now gained much more expertise than before. OmniFcus is looking better and better. Even with Todoist 10. I do not understand but am clearly frustrated.

Ken Bagby
Orem, Utah

Tom Galloway
Replied on Jul 05, 2015 - 16:01 UTC

This, in addition to not being able to uncheck multiple tasks at once, is really breaking the deal for me with todoist. It seems like such a great idea at first but clearly is not a finished product.

I wish they would spend more time polishing one specific platform (like omnifocus does) instead of trying to develop for as many platforms as possible.