Ability to add sub-sections

Hi @Josh_Nelson!

Before you do Tab+N, first click into the Description field in the Task Detail pane (or anywhere else in that pane). If the keyboard focus is there, the shortcut creates a sub-section in the detail pane. If the keyboard focus is in the list pane, the shortcut creates a Section in that pane.

Larry

Ah, got it. Another vid for what I’m trying to accomplish is below

Vidyard Recording?

Thanks, @lpb

@Josh_Nelson,

There’s only one hierarchy level of Section, not two, available in the list pane as you have seen.

Your workaround is one alternative approach.

Also, when you use Sections, and have a dropdown custom field, and you sort on that custom field, and you toggle on sort within sections, you’ll see two levels of grouping hierarchy. But I’m not sure if this is what you are looking for.

You may need to review Sorting by Custom Fields.

Larry

Understood. Looked at sorting, but the sort variables are Columns.

I’ll roll with the subtasking example in my last video since there is only one hierarchy level available in Sections. (I’m pinging Dustin on this, gosh darn it… : ) )

Appreciate your time and expertise here @lpb

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Is there a way to create sub-sections?
by example:

Section 1: Project Preparation
Section 1.1: People
Task 1.1.1: IT training
Task 1.1.2: Finance processes training

Section 2: Execution
Section 2.1: Infrastructure
Task 2.1.1: HW purchase & installation

Section 2.2: Software
Task 2.2.1: SW installation & configuration

Thanks for your answers and recommendations

Yes, see 🔥 Hottest feature requests and their workarounds and W13.1 :slight_smile:

Hi @Carlos_Orozco, great question! As it stands, there is no “Subsection” button as there is for Sections however, you can take a look at the 🔥 Hottest feature requests and their workarounds post by @Bastien_Siebman to achieve this! :slight_smile:

I’ll let you know if we implement an Subsection option in Asana! :slight_smile:

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I really need subsections as well… please add!

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I agree with Freya. This feature is very usable and constructive, when planning huge and complex projects! We need it in our organization too, sooner than later…

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This is very helpful for complex tasks, please add this soon.

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In trying to organize My Tasks to fit my workstyle, I deleted the default “Today, Upcoming and Later” sections in My Tasks. However, now I would like to try using these sections and adding more detailed sections within these default sections, but when I use the Tab+N command, it simply adds a new section in the My Tasks view, not a section within the “Today” section for example. Any way to solve this?

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Hello @Erica_Seidman welcome to the Asana Community Forum :wave:

There is currently no possibility to add subsections. Here is an existing feedback request that you can upvote Ability to add sub-sections

Here is an overview on sections: Sections • Asana
To further split up things you could work with custom fields (for example having a priority drop down), or working with tasks and subtasks (there you can also create subsections).

Here are some additional suggestions: Subsections - #4 by lpb

I hope that helps :slight_smile:

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@Erica_Seidman you should consider creating sections and not sub-sections, that would not add a lot of value in my opinion. For example “Today - morning” “Today - afternoon”.

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Thanks @Andrea_Mayer and @Bastien_Siebman for these tips! I’m referring specifically to what is shown in this article from Asana on how to optimize My Tasks. Is that functionality no longer available?

Not available anymore indeed, Today-Upcoming-Later became sections themselves.

You might get that behavior back when they allow custom fields in My Tasks, but not sure when or how it will look.

@Erica_Seidman,

As a hack you could use Milestone tasks (Premium and above) to mimic the subsections you’re looking for.

Also, as you look for what works best for you and what’s possible, you may appreciate the various alternate My Tasks approaches I present here:

Larry

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Hi there @Rebecca_McGrath,

I’m wondering if there are any updates with regard to this topic?
I believe that having subsections would be beneficial for teams that are still using waterfall planning methodology.
For me, personally, it would improve the brainstorming part when we are designing the project scope.
In addition to that, if I would be able to assign owners for each section (subsection) and Asana would pull the earliest start and latest due date from nested tasks (subtasks) this would be great!

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Hi @Antoni_Zieba, thanks for reaching out! While I don’t have any updates on this request just yet, I’ll comment here as soon as I do :slight_smile: Be sure to add your vote too by clicking the vote button at the top of the page.

As Customer Service department in a fast growing company, I would love to be able to create a divider in my sections, similar to the tab+N function in subtasks. FYI. our CS department currently has 14 projects with approximately 8 sections each.

For us this would be extremely useful on a busy board to avoid having to create too many subtasks in subtasks or make the board even wider by adding sections. Examples:

  • Separate tasks that need to be brought to attention during a next meeting from tasks that have been brought to attention during the last meeting but that can not be completed yet.

  • Separate tasks concerning different markets to have oversight on a glance.

  • Separate customer service tasks concerning different departments within the company.

Hi @Heidi_Roele, thanks for providing this feedback!

While this feature isn’t available at this time, hopefully it’s something our Product team can implement in the future

We do have an existing thread for this feature request in the #productfeedback category so I’ve gone ahead and merged your post with the existing one to consolidate feedback.

I’ll keep you posted and let you know if I have any updates :slight_smile: