How to Set Work Time Exceptions in Project 2013 - dummies

How to Set Work Time Exceptions in Project 2013

By Cynthia Snyder Stackpole

To change the available working hours in Project 2013 for a particular day, you use the working-time settings. For example, if the day before Christmas is half a workday, you can modify the working-time settings for that day; then any resources assigned to a task on this date spend only half a day working.

You also use these settings to specify global working and nonworking days to match the calendar options settings.

Here’s how to change working times:

  1. Choose Project→Change Working Time.

    The Change Working Time dialog box opens.


  2. On the calendar, click the day you want to change.

  3. Click the Exceptions tab to display it; then click the Name cell in a blank row, type a name for the exception, and press Enter.

  4. Click the exception name you entered in Step 3 and then click the Details button.

    The Details dialog box for this exception opens. This example shows Thanksgiving Eve with the workday ending at 2 p.m.


  5. Select either the Nonworking or Working Times radio button.

  6. Enter a time range in the From and To fields.

    To set nonconsecutive hours (for example, to build in a lunch break), you have to insert two or more sets of numbers (such as 8 to 12 and 1 to 5) in the From and To fields.

  7. Select a recurrence pattern and then set an interval in the Recur Every x Time Period field.

    For example, if you select Weekly and click the arrows to set the interval field to 3, this pattern recurs every three weeks.

  8. Set the range of recurrence.

    Either enter Start and End By dates or select the End After radio button and set the number of occurrences there.

  9. Click the OK button twice to close the dialog boxes and save your changes.