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See task relationships with Task Path
See task relationships with Task Path
When fine-tuning task relationships, you need to keep track of the predecessor tasks that
affect the scheduling of their successor tasks. In complex plans, visually identifying
predecessor and successor relationships is not always easy. This is especially true when a task has
multiple predecessors or successors.
Project 2013 introduces a feature called Task Path that applies color formatting to the Gantt
bars of the selected task’s predecessor and successor tasks. Task Path can also distinguish a
task’s driving predecessor (the predecessor that directly determines, or drives, the start date
of the task) from that task’s other predecessors. (Predecessor tasks that can slip without
rescheduling their successor tasks are said to have slack , described in detail in Chapter 10,
“Fine-tuning task details.”) The Task Path feature can also do the same for driving successor
The scenario: At Lucerne Publishing, at an upcoming team meeting you’d like to
demonstrate some of the more complex task dependencies in a new children’s book plan.
In this exercise, you use the Task Path feature to see predecessor and successor tasks.
SET UP You need the Advanced Tasks_Start file located in your Chapter09 practice file
folder to complete this exercise. Open the Advanced Tasks_Start file, and save it as
Advanced Tasks.
Vertically scroll the task list until task 16, Proofread and index , is near the top.
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