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Viewing the project’s critical path
The scenario: At Lucerne Publishing, you frequently get asked when the new children’s
book project will be completed. You can quickly see the project’s overall duration and finish
date in Project, but occasionally you need to show a project stakeholder the project’s
critical path because that sequence of tasks drives the project’s duration. One way to see the
critical path is to switch to the Detail Gantt view.
In this exercise, you view the project’s critical path.
On the View tab, in the Task Views group, click the down arrow below the Gantt
Chart button and then click More Views .
In the More Views dialog box, select Detail Gantt , and then click Apply .
The plan appears in the Detail Gantt view.
On the View tab, in the Zoom group, click Entire Project .
Because of the highly sequential nature of the task relationships in this plan, almost
all the tasks are on the critical path, and in the Detail Gantt view, their Gantt bars are
formatted in red.
Notice the Gantt bar of task 41, Review with author. The blue bar represents the
duration of the task. The thin teal line and the number next to it represent free slack
for this task. As you can see, this particular task has some slack and is therefore a