I've set some simple color formatting up to distinguish late, completed and future planned tasks on a project plan in MS project for ease of use for sponsors who just want to glance at the plan. The project is split into sub tasks, which have further sub-tasks.

For some reason, despite the summary roll up displaying just fine for the first 2 entered it is now failing on the 3rd entry and displaying as a task rather than summary.

The summary seems to be 'sitting behind' the task on the gantt view but I've no clue why it is displaying as a task.

I'm sure there is an obvious explanation for this but I'm no MS Project guru... enter image description here

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Spotted it as soon as I posted. The summary formatting was set for Active only. Future dating caused the issue. Amended formatting to include planned.

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