Join Bonnie Biafore for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating an autoscheduled task, part of Microsoft Project 2010 Essential Training.
- Creating an auto scheduled task takes just a couple of steps. You set the task mode if necessary, name the task, and fill in a few values. If you want to create auto scheduled tasks, the first thing to do is head down to the status bar, and at the bottom left, make sure that new tasks are set up to be auto scheduled. In this case, click the button and then choose auto scheduled. Now, I'm going to add a new task at the bottom of this project. I click the first blank task name cell, and then I type the task name, 'Move to new office'.
And when I press Enter, Project fills in the duration and the start and finish fields. The start date comes from the start date for the summary task that this task belongs to, and Project fills in a duration of one day. It puts in a question mark to show that it's just an estimate. In the time scale, the task bar is blue, which is an indication of auto scheduled tasks, unlike the teal for manually scheduled tasks.
Now, let's say that I have an estimated duration of my own for the move, and that's going to be five days. So I type in '5 d', and then press Enter. Now at that point, the question mark goes away because I've put in my duration for the task, not the one day that Project estimated. In addition, Project recalculates the finish date to be September 24th, and over in the time scale, the task bar now shows that it's five days long.
The one other thing I can do is I can link this task, let's say, to the milestone right before it, 'Construction complete'. I select those two tasks, and on the Task Tab, I'm going to click Link Tasks. Now, because of that link, Project recalculates the start date so that it occurs after the milestone. It's now September 28th. And that's all it takes to create new auto scheduled tasks. You'll see a lot more about these tasks in other movies.
- Setting up projects and calendars
- Creating tasks and milestones
- Linking and timing tasks
- Setting up and assigning resources
- Understanding duration, work, and units
- Filtering and grouping items with views
- Adding tasks to a baseline
- Updating progress and costs
- Viewing project status
- Running reports
- Importing and exporting projects
Skill Level Beginner
1. Working with Project
2. Setting Up Project Files
3. Creating Tasks
4. Linking and Timing tasks
5. Creating Resources
6. Assigning Tasks to Resources
7. Working with Views
8. Fine-Tuning the Project Schedule
9. Tracking and Managing a Project
10. Viewing and Reporting Project Information
11. Sharing Projects
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