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Whether you need an extra level within the hierarchy of your workflow, or have objectives that need to be completed to finish an overall task, subtasks are the perfect solution.

Why Use Subtasks?

Subtasks add an additional layer to your structure, allowing you to define more detailed goals inside of your tasks. As with normal tasks, you can add layers of information to subtasks such as assignees, due dates and priorities

Examples uses for Subtasks

  1. Create a task called "Edit on-boarding docs" with subtasks for each doc
  2. Create a task called "Build a website" with subtasks for each component of the build

View Subtasks in List and Board Views

In List and Board Views, flip the toggle in the upper right corner of your screen to display your subtasks:

You can choose to display subtasks below their parent tasks, or display them separately.

List View

Board View

Convert a parent Task into a Subtask

If you have one task that you want to convert to a subtask, it's quite simple.

  1. Choose the specific task you'd like to change
  2. Click on the ellipses ...  at the top of the task window
  3. Select "Make subtask"
  4. Choose the new parent task to inherit this subtask

If you have multiple tasks that you want to convert into subtasks, utilize the Multitask Toolbar to select multiple tasks, statuses, or entire Lists and convert them into subtasks.

Turning a Subtask Into a Parent Task

It's easy to convert a subtask to a parent task as well.

  1. Choose the specific subtask you'd like to change
  2. Click on the ellipses ... at the top of the subtask
  3. Select "Convert to task"

You can additionally select "Move subtask" to move it to a different task within your Workplace.

Pro Tips 

From the task view, click the ellipses next to a subtask to set a Priority, Date, Tag, and Time Estimate!

Quick Create

Add a list of subtasks to a task by simply copying and pasting from any outside doc or spreadsheet.

You can also create a brand new subtask for tasks in List View by selecting the icon below.

Make changes to Subtasks in Bulk

Multitask Toolbar:

Take advantage of the Multitask Toolbar to easily select multiple subtasks and make changes instantly! 

You can also use the multitask toolbar for subtasks in the task view. Check out this doc to learn more!

You can also use the multitask toolbar in task view to automatically "sort", or re-order, your subtasks with the click of a button!

Subtasks vs. Assigned Comments

Assigned comments show up in the “To Do” area of a task and behave essentially as a subtask with simple statuses. They provide quick accountability for any comment in a task's activity feed.

For more options to create action items within a task, be sure to review our Checklist feature!

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