Whether you need an extra level of hierarchy for 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 your tasks.

Whether it's a list of items, duties, or reminders, subtasks can be a great addition towards delivering the larger task at hand.

And just like normal tasks, you can add layers of information to subtasks. Whether you simply need to assign a teammate, or set a variety of details such as due dates and priorities, ClickUp provides absolute flexibility to meet the needs of your workflow.

Turning 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 "Convert to subtask"
  4. Choose the new parent task to inherit this subtask

If you already have multiple tasks that you want to convert into subtasks, have no fear! By using ClickUp's Multitask Toolbar, you can 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 a given task
  3. Select "Convert to task"

Pro Tip - Quick Create

Have a list of subtasks that you simply want to copy and paste? In ClickUp, we allow you to streamline the process. With a simple copy and paste, you can instantly generate multiple subtasks all at once from any list of texts.

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

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. To read more about how assigned comments differ click here.

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