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How Do You Link Tasks in Microsoft Project?

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There are several different ways to set task dependencies in Microsoft Project.  This post will cover how to link tasks using the following techniques:

  • Through the Task menu in the ribbon
  • Dragging the link from one task to another
  • Linking tasks in a split screen
  • Through an entry table
  • Through the Task Information dialog box

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Defining the Critical Path in Microsoft Project

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The critical path is the longest path through the network, based on task duration, which defines the shortest amount of time in which the project can be completed. Tasks not on the critical path have slack, while tasks on the critical path have zero slack. Slack is the amount of time that a task can be delayed without impacting the project end date.

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Microsoft Partners with Project Assistants to Deliver Microsoft Project Workshop in Three Cities

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Project Assistants to Deliver Two-Day Online Training on Microsoft Project

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Microsoft Partners with Project Assistants to Deliver Microsoft Project Webinar

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What’s New in Microsoft Project 2013? Part 3: Changes for Backend Users

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Earlier this year, Microsoft released Microsoft Project 2013. Today we conclude our in-depth coverage on each of the most important feature updates. In Part 1, we we introduced the high-level changes to Microsoft Project 2013 and provided a detailed look at Project Online in the Microsoft Cloud. In Part 2, we covered the extensive changes that have been made to the Reporting features, which is the most important change that has been made for front-end users.

While many consider Microsoft Project 2013 to be a light update in terms of the features and functionality, there’s no shortage of changes and updates that are important for administrators and IT departments. (more…)

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What’s New in Microsoft Project 2013? Part 2: Reporting

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Earlier this year, Microsoft released Microsoft Project 2013. For the next several weeks, we will be going in-depth on each of the most important feature updates. In our last post, we covered introduced the high-level changes to Microsoft Project 2013 and gave in-depth coverage on Project Online in the Microsoft Cloud. Here, we will cover one of the largest changes updates in the tool: reporting.

The primary reporting features of Microsoft Project had remained relatively unchanged for the last 20 years, but with Project 2013, Microsoft has overhauled reporting and communication. It shouldn’t be a big surprise that the functions pertaining to project communication would see some of the biggest changes, given the buzz around Microsoft’s move to the cloud with their 2013 suite. (more…)

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What’s New in Microsoft Project 2013? Part 1: Introduction and Project Online

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Introduction

Earlier this year, Microsoft released Microsoft Project 2013. For the next several weeks, we will be going in-depth on each of the most important feature updates.

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How Task Dates Are Automatically Set in Microsoft Project (Part 3)

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Have you ever been unable to change the start date of a task in Microsoft Project?  You type in 11/2 for the start date and it changes back to 11/19.  In most cases, Project is not misbehaving; you need to understand what Project assumes when it schedules tasks. In this three-part series, we’ll explore how Project’s scheduling algorithms use links, constraints, preset options, and dates to automatically set your task start and finish dates. 

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How Task Dates Are Automatically Set in Microsoft Project (Part 2)

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Have you ever been unable to change the start date of a task in Microsoft Project?  You type in 11/2 for the start date and it changes back to 11/19.  In most cases, Project is not misbehaving; you need to understand what Project assumes when it schedules tasks. In this three-part series, we’ll explore how Project’s scheduling algorithms use links, constraints, preset options, and dates to automatically set your task start and finish dates. 

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