Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Creating task dependencies with links
TIP To unlink tasks, select the tasks you want to unlink and then click Unlink Tasks in
the Schedule group on the Task tab.
Next, you’ll link tasks 3 and 4 using a different technique.
Select the name of task 4, Planning complete!
On the Task tab, in the Properties group, click Information .
The Task Information dialog box appears.
Click the Predecessors tab.
Click the empty cell below the Task Name column heading, and then click the down
arrow that appears.
In the Task Name list, click Design and order marketing material.
Click OK to close the Task Information dialog box.
Tasks 3 and 4 are linked with a finish-to-start relationship.
TIP Recall that any task can have multiple predecessor tasks. One way you can
specify additional predecessor tasks is to add them on the Predecessors tab of the
Task Information dialog box. For finish-to-start relationships (the default link type),
the predecessor with the later finish date determines the start date of the successor
task. This predecessor task is sometimes called the “driving predecessor” because it
determines or drives the start date of its successor task. Project includes a feature
that helps you see driving predecessor and successor relationships more easily. The
feature is called Task Path and is described in Chapter 9.
Next you’ll link all the subtasks under Public Launch Phase in one action.
Select the names of tasks 6 through 8.
On the Task tab, in the Schedule group, click Link the Selected Tasks .
Tasks 6 through 8 are linked.