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Questions tagged [ms-project]

Use this generic tag for questions that apply to most versions of Microsoft Project. For version-specific questions, please use an alternate tag instead of the catch-all tag. Version tags currently include: ms-project-2003, ms-project-2007, ms-project-2010, ms-project-2013, and ms-project-2016.

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Microsoft Project 2019 - problem allocating resources to tasks outside their calendar working hours

We have a standard calendar work week. (Monday to Friday with weekends off) Our resources have "standard" calendar - so scheduling as standard for them is a normal work week. However, we have ...
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Why are my calculated spans slightly less than my durations? [MS Project]

I calculated the span based on my start and finish dates to double check the file. Why are these two columns not equal? Is there a setting wrong somewhere? Does this mean my end date isn't being ...
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Why does my duration = calendar days for a 5 day work week?

shouldn't the calendar days be 2/7th longer than the duration if we're not working Saturdays and Sundays?
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MS Project - Link multiple columns to the Resource Sheet

I have (somehow) managed to create one column which successfully links to the Resource Sheet. When using the drop down, it brings up all of the names in the resource sheet, and allows you to choose ...
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how to distribute the work of an activity between specific number of individuals of a kind from a work resource

I have added a work resource entry "Laborers" with Max. Units 10000% in the Resource Sheet. The resource calendar for this resource is standard and all the units are available. Now I want the work of ...
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How to assign a resource with two units to the task?

I want to assign a resource -Excavator- to a task -Task#1 : duration = 4 month- : 2 units in first 2 months and 5 units in second 2 months.
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MS Project predecessor formula

I am going to build a project with several tasks and subtasks that have the same structure. For example: SECTION A task 1 task 2 task 3 SECTION B task 1 task 2 task 3 ....... What I would like to do ...
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Is it possible to show the percentage of completed task in the Timeline in MS Project?

I am using Microsoft Project 2013. I would like to visualize in the Timeline the percentage of completed task, for example 33%... Is this possible ?
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Task update approvals on a PWA Timesheet automatically changes MS Project duration on task and overall finish date for Project

A resource is assigned to an automatically scheduled task with start date: 2/12 and finish date:2/22. The baselined, saved and published project is scheduled to finish 2/23. The resource does not ...
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Display in the Details View --> Task Form: Sorting Predecessors by Task ID, not alphabetically

I'm using MS Project 2013 Professional In the Details View using Task Form, displaying Predecessor view, it is sorting alphabetically by Task Name when I would rather see it sorted by Task ID. I do ...
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MS Project: Sub-tasks causing unexpected 'Late Start'

I'm attempting to build a schedule and use MS Project to calculate dates and flow, based on constraints and task linking, but am unable to overcome an apparent issue with how the 'Late Start' is ...
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Estimating Fixed Price Project Cost Payments via Monthly Milestones

I have spent the last few days searching for an answer on how to use MS Project (2010 in my case) to estimate a project's cost via milestones that are split along a long program (2.5 years). The ...
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Fix task time of day (Trip planning with MS Project)

I'd like to be able to fix the time of day that a given task must start at and its duration without specifying the actual start date. In this scenario, the date would depend on the end time & date ...
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How to Create a Custom “Look Ahead” Field Formula?

I am very new to MS Project and I am struggling to create a Look-Ahead formula for a flag field in a master project file (collection of sub projects). I can't seem to get even the simplest formula to ...
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How to calculate project finish date with fixed work and different date of resource availability

I am preparing a high-level project plan in mpp to see the top level view when the project will finish based on the resources availability and work estimation. My requirement is as: I have an ...
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How do I Create Custom Drop down that allows multiple selections (like resource selection works)

I have a project that has multiple workstreams. In much the same way a single task may require multiple people to work on it, it also may touch multiple workstreams. I created a custom column ...
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MS Project 2016 updating Actual Cost figures for Cost Resources that are set to accrue at the end of the task

I am having an issue where MS Project 2016 is prorating the actual cost figures for cost resources that have been set to accrue at the end of the tasks. I have tried everything I can think about and ...
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Work days and Duration does not match

I am using a 5 working days & 8 hours standard calendar. My task is 30 days . I have selected a start date on Monday and end date on Friday (30th work day) but the durationn reflects as 40 days ...
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Report in MS Project (Hr/task/resource)

I am trying to find/create a report in MS Project 2013 in order to display hours done in a month by a certain group of resource or a resource only (they are already grouped in the Allocation tab) with ...
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Microsoft Project - how to calculate start dates based on a set time from the finish date?

I have multiple tasks that have different durations that I want to start at different times from a go live date, i.e. finish date for an entire project. For example: Project must finish on 01 Dec ...
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Why does MS Project allow for a 2 day duration task with 8 hours of work and a resource at 100% units?

I have a fixed-duration task in MS Project that is 2 days in duration and 8 hours of work. When I assign a resource to the task, the resource units are automatically set to 50%. If I change the ...
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Planning in MS Project: fixed work AND fixed duration

I currently plan a quite complex project in MS Project. At the moment I cannot plan everything out in detail, but I think that in my head I have a good understanding of how long a task will last and ...
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How to divide a generic resource?

I am still new at using ms project Professional. My project has already assigned resources. For instance, let's take developers who together have a maximum effort of 200%, which means I have 2 ...
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Working and non working days

I want to ask if I need to have non working days and working days in a same day. Can we do that in microsoft project? For example Saturday (same date) for items Consultant approval I want to set it ...
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How to plan for variable workload for a given task and resource?

I have to plan a project in which for a given task and given resource, workload changes from one month to another. How I can plan this in MS project? It is very critical for me to monitor resource ...
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Ms project - assign different resources with different schedules to a task

I'm new at ms project and I have some questions. Let's suppose that I have a human resource named "T1" that works from 2 pm to 11 pm, and that we have a machine named "m1" that can be working all day....
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How to get Project to _not_ auto-update

I have been tasked to use Microsoft project in a group assignment to help manage it, but I'm having trouble getting the durations and dates to not auto update. I basically would like to have the ...
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PWA / Enterprise custom columns - formula not working

I'm using Project Online and am trying to create a custom calculated column which shows me the percentage difference between my "Actual Cost" and a custom column called "Profitability". I'm having ...
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MS Project - how to set a task to finish before else start after a set period

I'm trying to set a task to either be wholly complete by 1st Dec, if not then start after 1st Jan (i.e. don't start at all if it can't be completed by 1st Dec). I don't want to split the task. Is ...
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Looking for a way to remove an errant calendar from MS Project Professional 2013

I have a project file with a project calendar that shows up in the Change Working Time dialog box's For Calendar dropbox that is not being using in the project file. I've looked in the Calendar tab in ...
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Print a MS Project Gantt chart for each resource

I wonder if there is a function in MS Project to print the Gantt chart view for each resource, i.e., when issuing the schedule to everyone I print to PDF: Complete Schedule Summaries only Each ...
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Master Project in MSProj10 moves the dates in the subprojects

When I add in the subprojects to the Master Project, the date ranges are unaffected UNTIL I expand the subproject - at which point - the dates all shift to the right. Can I prevent this?
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Problem adding resources in MS Project

When I assign a resource in Project, it lists the resource in the resource column and creates a new line listing only the resource. How do I turn this off?
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Unable to schedule a 4-hour task completed over 2 days in Gantt Chart

I'm trying to create a detailed Gantt chart, using MS Project 2013, for a project in one of my courses. Being a student, I'm not working the same number of hours every day. For example, I may have a ...
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Is there a way to use your customized fields in reports created in MS project 2013?

I have some customized fields that I've created. I really need to find a way to use them while I'm creating customized reports in MS project, but I just see the built-in fields when I want to create ...
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Tracking Gantt Chart Not Showing All Tasks

I am trying to do an earned value analysis and there are tasks in my normal Gantt chart that when I switch the view to tracking gantt are not visible. Could this have to do with where I set my status ...
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Start-to-Start and Finish-to-Finish Logic in MS Project

Let's say I have three tasks. I want Task2 (hammock activity) to start at the same time as Task1 but finish at the same time as Task3. Is there a clever way of doing this? This task will adjust it's ...
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Prevent hourly tasks spanning days

Is there a simple way to block tasks from spanning days? I have some tasks such as interviews & exams which are 2 or 4 hours long but they obviously cannot span days. However MS project is ...
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In Microsoft Project how to get change in resource max units to cascade to tasks automatically

I had already defined a bunch of tasks, and assigned resources 1 and 2. The durations of the tasks were calculated on the resources Max Units availability at the time of assignment. Later I went ...
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Changing default working hours from 8 hr/day to 4 hr/day in Microsoft project 2013?

I am learning to use MS Project for a student project and trying to change the default working hours. I am not able to make this configuration change. How does one modify this setting? I tried ...
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Printing Gantt charts

When I try to print my Gantt schedule, it hides a bunch of my information rows. How can I fix this? See the comparison between actual Gantt and print preview below:
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Dashboard question on microsoft project

Completion % captures the current progress.. I understand that. Is there a way to come up with completion % if all work (hypothetically) was completed on time as of today? e.g., Assume the total ...
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MS Project resource graph across multiple projects

I am using MS Project to create Gantt charts for multiple projects. Each project consists of different resources but these resources are shared across all of these projects. Currently these resources ...
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Should activities before kick-off meeting be represented in a Schedule Plan

I wonder if activities like contract and agreement reviews, meetings to discuss preliminary information, SOW review, and contract approved (as deliverable and milestone) should be included in a gantt ...
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Ms Project - Assign resource for fixed duration

Suppose we have two tasks T1 and T2 taking respectively 3 days and 10 days to complete, and two resources R1 and his best friend, R2. T1 starts on Nov 1rst and is supposed to finish on Nov 3rd, while ...
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Multiple predecessors

I have predecessor 46 and 147 on task 200. Task 147 finish date is after task 46, but task 200 is starting the day after task 46, not after task 147 as expected. How do I fix this? I would ...
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MS-Project historical timeline

I am using Microsoft Project 2003 for an historic timeline, this means historical dates that go back 1000s of years. I realize using ms-project may be overkill, but it is actually the same as a ...
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How do you calculate the number of days between two tasks in Microsoft Project?

I've created an event planning project that explains all of the relevant tasks before, during, and after a given event in MS Project 2003. I would like to calculate the number of days between a given ...
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How to link BCWP to a customized column I created for physical percent complete

As physical % complete does not roll-up summary tasks, I created a column called 'physical percent complete'. I think I need to link this column to Budgeted Cost of Work Performed (BCWP), just so I ...
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I want to create a summary task without indenting the subtasks

Is there a way to create a highlevel task that will summarize all the subordinate tasks without indenting the subtasks?