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Switching task scheduling from manual to automatic
With automatic scheduling, Project updates calculated schedule values such as task
durations, start dates, and finish dates automatically in response to changes in a plan.
Changes to factors such as constraints, task relationships, and calendars can also cause
Project to recalculate affected tasks.
The scenario: At Lucerne Publishing, the new book launch plan has been reviewed by
the resources who will carry out the work and by other project stakeholders. Although
you expect the plan to change somewhat as you learn more about the book launch, you
now have enough confidence in the plan overall to switch from manual to automatic task
scheduling.
In this exercise, you convert tasks to automatic scheduling and then change the default
scheduling mode to have new tasks automatically scheduled:
4
1
Select the names of tasks 2 through 4.
These tasks are currently set to be manually scheduled, as indicated by the push-pin
indicator in the Task Mode column.
2
On the Task tab, in the Tasks group, click Auto Schedule .
Project switches these tasks to be automatically scheduled.
Project changes the Task Mode icons and formatting of the tasks’ Gantt bars to
indicate that they are now automatically scheduled. Next you’ll use a different
method to change the scheduling mode for a task.
3
Click the Task Mode field of task 6, and then click the arrow that appears.
4
In the list that appears, click Auto Scheduled .
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