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Adjusting working time for individual tasks
TIP Splitting tasks with the mouse might take a little practice. In step 6, if you didn’t
split task 3 so that the second segment starts on April 16, just point to the second
segment again. When the mouse pointer changes to a four-headed arrow, drag the
segment to the correct start date.
Here are a few other things to keep in mind when splitting tasks:
You can split a task into multiple segments.
You can drag a segment of a split task either left or right to reschedule the split.
To rejoin two segments of a split task, drag one segment of the task until it touches
the other segment.
The time of the task split, represented by the dotted line, is not counted in the
duration of the task. No work occurs during the split.
If the duration of a split task changes, the last segment of the task is increased or
If a split task is rescheduled (for example, if its start date changes), the entire task is
rescheduled, splits and all. The task keeps the same pattern of segments and splits.
Resource leveling or manually contouring assignments over time can cause tasks
to split. You will contour assignments in Chapter 11, “Fine-tuning resource and
assignment details,” and level resources in Chapter 12, “Fine-tuning the project plan.”
If you do not want to display splits as a dotted line, you can hide the dotted lines. On
the Format tab, in the Format group, click Layout. In the Layout dialog box, clear the
Show Bar Splits check box.
Adjusting working time for individual tasks
There might be times when you want a specific task to occur at times that differ from the
working time of the project calendar. Or perhaps you want a task to occur at a time outside
of the resource working time, as determined by the resource’s calendar. To accomplish this,
you apply a task calendar to such tasks. As with the project calendar, you specify which
base calendar to use as a task calendar. The following are some examples of when you
might need a task calendar:
You are using the Standard base calendar with 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. normal working
hours as your project calendar, and you have a task that must run overnight.
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