Manage subtasks on boards

Using subtasks on cards allows you to establish a parent-child relationship between tasks and create a hierarchy of work. A subtask you add to a card on a Workfront board is also added to the task in the Workfront project. For more information on subtasks and tasks at the project level, see Create subtasks.

Subtasks are only available on connected cards, and they are not available on issues. For information on connected cards, see Use connected cards on boards.

Access requirements

You must have the following access to perform the steps in this article:

Adobe Workfront plan*
Adobe Workfront license*
Request or higher

*To find out what plan, license type, or access you have, contact your Workfront administrator.

Add a subtask to a card

  1. Click the Main Menu icon Main Menu in the upper-right corner of Adobe Workfront, or (if available), click the Main Menu icon Main Menu in the upper-left corner, then click Boards.

  2. Access a board. For information, see Create or edit a board.

  3. Click the card to open the Card Details box.


    Click the More menu More menu on the card, and select Edit.

    Any existing subtasks for this task appear on the card in the Subtask section, above the checklist items. Click the Search icon to search for a subtask.

  4. To add a new subtask, click Add Subtask. Then, type the title of the subtask and press Enter.

    The counter at the top of the list shows the number of completed subtasks and the total number of subtasks.

  5. Click Details icon to open the subtask details box. The name of the subtask appears at the top.

  6. (Optional) Add the subtask details.

    This information is also added to the subtask in the Workfront project.

    All fields for a connected card are available on the subtask details, including additional subtasks. For information about any of these fields, see Use connected cards on boards.

  7. Click Close to return to the card details and the full list of subtasks.

    You can also use the breadcrumbs at the top of the subtask details to navigate in the hierarchy.

    The assignees and due date appear on the subtask in the list.

  8. To copy a subtask, click the More menu More menu on the item and select Copy.