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2. Click the Advanced tab; refer to Figure 4-6.
3. Select a constraint from the Constraint Type list.
4. If the constraint requires a date, select one from the Constraint
Date list.
5. Click OK to save the settings.
Setting a deadline
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I think deadlines were made to be
overlooked. Project agrees because strictly speaking, deadlines aren’t
constraints (although the setting for the deadline is in the Constraint Task area of
the Task Information dialog box, on the Advanced tab). Deadlines aren’t the
same as constraints because they don’t force the timing of your tasks in any
sense. If you set a deadline, it simply causes Project to display a symbol in
the Indicator column if the task has run past the deadline to alert you so that
you can panic (I mean, take action) appropriately.
To set a deadline, follow these steps:
1. Double-click a task.
The Task Information dialog box appears.
2. Click the Advanced tab; refer to Figure 4-6.
3. Click the arrow in the Deadline field to display a calendar, and then
select a date.
If necessary, use the forward or backward arrow to move to a different
4. Click OK to save the deadline setting.
You can also display a deadline column in your Gantt Chart sheet pane to
enter the deadline or to show yourself and others what your targeted
deadline date is.
Making a Task Note
Despite the wealth of information that you can enter about a task and its timing,
not everything can be said with settings. That’s why every task includes an
area to enter notes. You might use this feature, for example, to enter some
background information about changes in timing or other changes that occur
during the schedule, or to list vendor contact information relevant to the task.
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