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I have a large schedule, but in the Network Diagram view, I want to be able to filter to only show the tasks that are linked to the specific task I'm focused on. The filtered tasks are not necessarily on the critical path.

This would also be useful in the Gantt Chart view.


Update: I clarified that I want to filter my project to only show the entire string of predecessor and successors that go through an arbitrary task. Not just its immediate predecessors and successors, which is easily accomplished with the Relationship Diagram or Task Entry view.

The Task Path command is not useful because I don't want the related tasks highlighted, I want the non-related tasks hidden. The entire point is that I want to be able to suppress the information that's not interesting so I can fit more of the logic going through a particular activity on the screen (or printed page) at once.

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If you are using Project 2013, the Task Path command in the Gantt Chart Tools Format ribbon will do exactly as you ask.

If you are not using Project 2013, you can display predecessors and successors to a selected task by showing the Relationship Diagram in the lower pane of a split screen or you can show predecessors and successors in the Task Form.

See azlav.wordpress.com/2012/09/20/task-paths-in-project-2013 for a method of filtering those tasks identified by the Task Path command.

  • I knew about the task form, but it only sounds like immediate predecessors and successors. The other options you mentioned sound very promising. I’m new to 2013 so didn't know of those features. Super excited to try and will update. – Adam Wuerl May 15 '15 at 13:48
  • The Task path will show you all predecessors, driven predecessors, all successors or driven successors. It changes the color of the bars in the Gantt chart. – JulieS May 15 '15 at 13:49
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    I don't know if Jack Dahlgren's Trace macro may do what you want: masamiki.com/docs/trace-task-dependencies.html – JulieS May 16 '15 at 17:08
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    This may also help. azlav.wordpress.com/2012/09/20/task-paths-in-project-2013 it builds off the Task Path highlights. – JulieS May 16 '15 at 17:12
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    I added it on to the initial answer. – JulieS May 18 '15 at 14:42
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Have you seen this:

https://support.office.com/en-nz/article/Filter-tasks-or-resources-8abff3cf-52c1-42b5-b37c-66ec043acde1#__toc268525543

Look's quite straight forward.

  • I was thinking there may be a way to set up a custom filter for this, but couldn't figure out how to tell the filter which task I wanted to see the path to and from, and couldn't find any examples on the MS support pegs or via search. – Adam Wuerl May 15 '15 at 13:52
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Try using one of the Trace Logic buttons in https://sourceforge.net/projects/good-plus-fast-project-add-in/

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This mostly calls for VBA Macro -> you can recursively traverse from selected task and mark (e.g. using Flag1 field) if a task is predecessor. Then you can setup custom filter to show only fields with Flag1 (or you can filter from header, as you might be used from Excel)

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