How to Move a Task in Project 2013 - dummies

How to Move a Task in Project 2013

By Cynthia Snyder Stackpole

If you’ve ever managed the subcontractors on any type of construction project, you’ve probably heard these dreaded words: “Reschedule.” Project 2013 helps you easily reschedule an entire task or reschedule part of a task as of the status date.

Here’s how to use the Move Task tool to move a task:

  1. Display Gantt Chart view.

  2. If the task is partially complete and you want to move its uncompleted portion, select the Project tab and set a status date.

  3. Select the task to move.

  4. Click the Move Task button in the Tasks group on the Task tab.

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  5. Specify how to move the task:

    • To move the task forward or back by a default amount: Click 1 Day, 1 Week, or 4 Weeks in either the Move Task Forward or Move Task Back section.

    • To move the task by a custom time frame: Click the appropriate Custom option, specify the number of working days by which to move the task in the dialog box that appears, and click the OK button.

    • To reschedule part of the task according to the status date: Choose the Incomplete Parts to Status Date option to split the task and move the uncompleted portion to resume later, starting on the status date. Choose the Completed Parts to Status Date option to split the task and move the completed portion earlier, before the status date.

    • To reschedule the task based on the availability of the assigned resources: Choose the appropriate Custom option, specify the number of working days by which to move the task in the dialog box that appears, and click OK.

When you’re moving a task that’s auto-scheduled, a constraint is applied, to honor the newly scheduled task. Be aware that constraints apply restrictions to task scheduling and can make it challenging to manage the dates.