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Checking the plan’s duration and finish date
NOTE If the Timeline view is not shown, on the View tab, in the Split View group,
select the Timeline check box.
The Timeline view is a handy way of seeing the big picture of the plan. Here you’re
looking just at start and finish dates, but in later chapters, you’ll work with the
Timeline view in different ways.
Next you’ll get a closer look at the plan’s duration.
On the Project tab, in the Properties group, click Project Information .
The Project Information dialog box appears.
Here again you see the finish date: 2/3/15. You can’t edit the finish date directly
because this plan is set to be scheduled from the start date. Project calculates the
plan’s finish date based on the span of working days required to complete the
tasks, starting at the plan’s start date. Any change to the start date causes Project to
recalculate the finish date.
Next, let’s look at the duration information in more detail.
Click Statistics .
You don’t need to understand all of these numbers yet, but the current duration
is worth noting. The duration is the number of working days (not elapsed days)
between the plan’s start date and finish date.
TIP Project determines the overall duration of a plan by calculating the difference
between the earliest start date and the latest finish date of the plan’s tasks. The
plan’s duration is also affected by other factors, such as task relationships, which
are discussed in “Creating task dependencies with links” previously in this chapter.
Because Project distinguishes between working and nonworking time, a task’s
duration doesn’t necessarily correlate to elapsed time.