Quick tip: Show some subtasks' hidden custom fields

First-level subtasks inherit the custom fields of their parent top-level task, but unlike the top-level task which shows all those custom fields and values by default, they are hidden until you click a Show inherited fields link (see below). Folks have complained about this because it can add up to a lot of extra clicks and a little undesired friction.

I’ve been able to resolve one of the big offenders in my workflow in a non-intuitive way, so I thought I’d share it here.

Now that My Tasks offers custom fields, you can use a side effect to help. Any custom fields you’ve added to My Tasks, if present on a subtask, will show by default in a My Tasks Fields section; no expansion required It looks like this:


While this won’t work for all cases of needing to click to expand, it may take care of some nuisance ones, as it has for me.



Nice, @lpb!


Interesting idea, well done.

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Great workaround.

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Hey Larry, can you provide the steps for displaying the “My Task Fields” section within a subtask?


First, in My Tasks, Customize and add a Custom Field, say Hours like in my screenshot.

Then, create a task in My Tasks and a subtask, and assign the subtask to yourself.

When you click on the subtask in My Tasks, the task detail pane should show the My Tasks Fields section with Hours there.

Hope that helps,