You can create tasks in a project only after you created the project.
For example, after creating a project, you might want to add tasks and modify them to organize the project plan. For more information about creating a project, see Create a project. For information about creating tasks, see Create tasks in a project.
This article describes considerations, limitations, as well as defaults that apply when creating tasks.
You can create tasks on a project in the following ways:
When you have the correct access and permissions you can create tasks on a project. However, the following are cases when you might not be able to create tasks:
A project can contain up to 5,000 tasks. A warning message displays on the project when you are approaching the limit, when you have met the limit, and if you attempt to exceed the limit.
Depending on the number of tasks in your projects when this limitation was imposed, your Workfront instance might allow for more than 5,000 tasks in a single project.
If you are able to include more than 5,000 tasks in a single project, be aware of the following:
The task limit for your Workfront environment is set to the current number of tasks in your largest project, plus an additional 10%.
For example, if a project in your Workfront instance contains 10,000 tasks, your limit for each project throughout your Workfront instance is 11,000 tasks.
Smaller projects improve performance and minimize management challenges that accompany large projects.
There are two types of default information that Workfront automatically updates for tasks when you create them:
System-level default information
Your Workfront administrator or a group administrator establishes the system-level defaults for tasks in the Tasks & Issues area of Project Preferences. For information about task and issue preferences, see Configure system-wide task and issue preferences or Configure task and issue preferences for a group.
Project-level default information
The rest of this section describes the project-level defaults you, as the project manager, can define for all new tasks that are added to a project
When you add a task to a project, depending on how the project is set up, Workfront might automatically attach an approval process or custom forms to the task.
For information about configuring a project to add these by default, see the “Tasks” section in the Edit projects article.
When defining default information to be associated with tasks added to a project at the project level, consider the following:
You must have Manage permissions on the project to define the default settings for the task approval process and custom forms.
All new tasks are created with the approval process and the custom forms defined when editing the project.
You can modify these default settings when you add tasks using the Edit Task box, but not when you add tasks in inline edit.
You can define the approval process and the custom forms for tasks in a template.
For information about attaching a template to a project, see Attach a template to a project.
When you copy the project, the task default settings transfer to the new project.
For information about copying a project, see Copy a project.
When you copy tasks from one project to another and the destination project has different default settings for tasks, the copied tasks preserve the default settings from the original project, unless they are cleared in the copying process.
When you duplicate a task on the same project, the custom forms and approval process are transferred to the duplicate task.
For information about copying and duplicating tasks, see [ Copy and duplicate tasks](/docs/workfront/using/manage-work/tasks/manage-tasks/copy-and-duplicate-tasks.html?lang=en).
When you move the task to another project, the default task settings are saved on the tasks from the original project, regardless of the task default settings on the new project.
For information about moving tasks, see Move tasks.