Use subtasks to break up the work of a task into smaller parts or to help divide up the work among multiple people. Subtasks function like independent tasks with all the same fields as a parent task, but are embedded within a parent task.
When a subtask is created, it does not inherit its parent task’s assignee, due date, nor is it automatically associated with the project. Subtasks are not visible in the project’s list viewlist view Displays your tasks in a list. List view is the default view for My Tasks, projects, and search views. Read more , Calendar ViewCalendar View Lets you see tasks with due dates on a calendar. Users can use Calendar View on My Tasks, a project, a search view, or on a whole team. Read more , or progress chartprogress chart A burnup chart that shows contrasts a project's incomplete and complete tasks over time. Read more unless the subtask is explicitly added to the project.
To create a subtask:
- Click the subtasks button in the right pane
- Or, press
Tab+Son your keyboard after you select a parent task
- After you’ve created one subtask, select the subtask and press
Enteron your keyboard to create another
To access and modify a subtask’s details:
Click the chat bubble icon next to the subtask’s name.
You can create subtasks within subtasks, but you can only have a maximum of 6 levels of subtasks
In the subtask details, you’ll see all the options you’d have for a parent task, including the ability to create more subtasks.
When viewing a subtask’s details, notice the parent task’s name appears above the subtask’s name. Click the parent task’s name near the top of the right paneright pane The right pane holds the details of a task or Conversation. Read more to return to the parent task’s details.
CompletingCompleting To mark a task with a checkmark to indicate that it is done. Read more a parent task will not complete the subtasks within it, they will need to be completed separately and will remain greyed out within the parent task when completed.
Subtasks count display on projects
You can easily identify if a task has subtasks along different views and features in Asana, like boards, calendar or workload. Look for the subtask count icon next to the name of a task.
Subtask & Project Association
You can manually add a subtask to a project if you want it to appear in your project’s task list, Project Calendar and Project Timeline along your other tasks. You can also specify an assignee, as subtasks do not inherit it from their parent tasks.
To associate a project to a subtask:
- Click the chat bubble to open up the subtask’s details
- Click the Task Actions button
- Select Add to Project from the dropdown menu
- Type the name of the project you wish to add the subtask to
Tab+Pon your keyboard to focus on the subtask’s project field.
Once the subtask is associated with a project:
- The subtask will appear in the project’s list of tasks
- The project’s name will appear in the subtask’s details
The subtask will also be reflected in the project’s Files, Progress, and Calendar Views.
Subtasks are visible to anyone who can see the parent task. Learn more about permissions in the permissionspermissions Permissions are options that limit access to a Team, project, or task. Read more section of the Guide.
If you’d like to add custom fields to a subtask, the subtask must first be manually added to a project.
Convert Tasks into Subtasks (and Vice Versa)
To convert a task into a subtask:
- Click the task you want as the new parent task to load its details in the right paneright pane The right pane holds the details of a task or Conversation. Read more
- Click and drag the task you want to convert into the subtasks section of the open right pane of the new parent
In order to convert a task into a subtask, both tasks must be in the same list in the main pane (a project, tag, or a My Tasks list).
You can also do the reverse to convert a subtask to a task.
You cannot drag a parent task into its own subtasks.
To delete a subtask:
- Click on the subtask you want to delete
- Click the three dot icon
- Select Delete Selected Subtask