Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Creating a task
You can create a task, on the simplest level, by entering a name for it. You can
fill in the details of task duration and task type, for example, at the same time
You can enter task names in three ways:
Enter names in a Gantt Chart view sheet pane.
Enter names in a Task Information dialog box.
Import tasks from Excel or Outlook.
Generating tasks in Gantt Chart view
Many people who work on lengthy projects find that entering all task names
in the sheet pane of Gantt Chart view is the quickest and easiest way to go.
You can simply enter one task name in the Task Name column, press the
down arrow on your keyboard to move to the next blank row, enter another
task, and so on.
Follow these simple steps to enter a task in Gantt Chart view:
1. In the Task Name column, click a blank cell.
2. Type a task name.
You can edit what you type by clicking in the entry box above the sheet
and pressing the Delete or Backspace key to clear characters (see Figure
4-1). You can also click the X and check mark buttons to the left of the
entry box to clear or accept your entry.
3. Press the down arrow on your keyboard to move to the next cell in
the column and then type the next task name.
When you move to the next task cell, Project automatically assigns a
sequential task number in the far-left column. This number is a handy
way to identify tasks in larger schedules.
4. Repeat Step 3 until you enter all task names.
You can display whatever columns you like in Gantt Chart view to enter
additional task information, such as duration, type, start date, and finish
date. To display additional columns, simply right-click any column
heading, choose Insert Column, and select the column to display from the
Field Name list.
You can also use the Entry table (choose View
Entry to display
it) to access the most common task information columns.