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Control task scheduling with task types
TIP You cannot change the task type of a manually scheduled task, and the effect of
the task type on the scheduling of a task as described here applies only to automatically
scheduled tasks. If you need a refresher on manually scheduled tasks, see Chapter 4,
“Building a task list.”
To view the task type of the selected task, on the Task tab, in the Properties group, click
Information. Then, in the Task Information dialog box, click the Advanced tab. You can also
view the task type in the Task Form. (When in the Gantt Chart view, you can display the Task
Form by clicking Details on the View tab, in the Split View group.) You can change a task
type at any time. Note that characterizing a task type as fixed does not mean that its
duration, assignment units, or work values are unchangeable. You can change any value for any
task type.
Which is the right task type to apply to each of your tasks? It depends on how you want
Project to schedule that task. The following table summarizes the effects of changing any
value for any task type. You read it like a multiplication table.
...and you change the
Fixed duration
Fixed units
Fixed work
...then Project
If the
task type
Assignment units, peak, peak units, and the
scheduling formula
In previous versions of Project, it was possible that a resource’s initial assignment units
value would change, and this led to unexpected results with regard to the scheduling
formula. This behavior changed starting with Project 2010. Project now tracks both
the assignment units value and a calculated value called peak (or, when viewed in a
timescale, peak units ).
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