When I open a filtered Online Sharepoint Task List, I lose the ability to modify (insert, indent, move etc) the list in its full "Edit" mode. With the error message: "We can't modify hierarchy on a view that is sorted/filtered/grouped. Switch views and give it another try."

Show every completed and uncompleted task = too hard to read -- therefore won't be use Only show relevant tasks = too hard to navigate around, bulk edit, indent and move tasks -- therefore tasks won't be updated and data won't be relevant, so it won't be used

The theoretical work arounds I've thought of:

  • When a task completes, move it from the live task list to a completed task list
  • Delete the task when it's completed ("moving" seemed too difficult)
  • Manually delete the task when it's complete (at this point, a .txt file would work as well)

What is the suggested method for having a task list, but still being able to leverage shortcuts?

  • Did you end up implementing any of these? I have the exact same question. Thanks!
    – russds
    Commented Apr 17, 2015 at 21:57
  • Nope. I feel like it shouldn't be this hard to use their provided shortcuts...
    – tkelch
    Commented Apr 18, 2015 at 23:15
  • I recently found this. their work around is toggling between two tabs (aka views). brilliant. community.office365.com/en-us/f/154/t/197488.aspx
    – tkelch
    Commented Apr 21, 2015 at 0:29

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List->Modify view, and look if you have a sort column ("First sort by the column"). Put it "none".

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