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When did you start? When did you finish?
If you note that a task is complete and don’t enter an Actual Start date,
Project (ever the optimist) assumes you started on time. If you didn’t start on
time and you want to reflect the actual timing, you should modify the Actual
Start date. If you finished late, you should enter the Actual Finish date.
However, be aware that if you don’t modify the task duration and enter an
earlier finish date, the start date will be calculated to have occurred earlier.
You have several options of where to track this information. You can use the
Update Tasks dialog box (shown in Figure 13-5), which appears when you
click the Update Tasks button on the Tracking toolbar. You can also display a
sheet view with Actual Start and Actual Finish columns, such as Tracking
Gantt or Gantt Chart view with the Tracking table displayed. Then use the
drop-down calendar in the Actual Start or Actual Finish dates columns to
specify a date.
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A few conditions could cause a warning message to appear when you enter
an actual start or finish date: for example, if the actual start date falls before
the start date for the project, or if it causes a conflict with a dependent task.
When this warning message appears, you have the following options:
Cancel the operation.
Force the conflict to exist (or the task to start) before the project starts.
If you want to cancel the change, correct what’s causing the problem (for
example, by modifying the project start date), and then go back and enter the
actual information, you can. Or you can force the conflict, and let it stand.