Set Task Mode

Task Mode​

The Task Mode field indicates whether a task is scheduled manually or automatically, which gives you the option of deciding how much control you want over task scheduling in a project. By default, tasks are set as auto​ scheduled, with a start date, finish date, and duration calculated based on inserted fields values.

The Task Mode field is not included by default. Use Insert column option to insert and​ display Task Mode column in views like Gant Chart, Tracking Gant or Task Sheet view. Task Mode column displays an icon indicating whether a task, is a manually scheduled task, or an automatically scheduled task.

A task can be Automatically Scheduled or Manually Scheduled.

Automatically Scheduled tasks have Start, Finish and Duration values calculated by Planner based on dependences, constraints, calendars, and other factors.

Manual tasks are tasks with task mode manually scheduled.  They should be used when you want to explicitly set a task's start and finish dates and not allow it to be changed automatically by the scheduler based on changes to other tasks. 

When a task is in manually scheduled mode, the Start, Finish, and Duration columns can be blank or include text values in addition to recognizable dates.​

In Planner we support both Automatically Scheduled and Manually Scheduled tasks.

To change the task mode, click in the Task Mode field. In the list that appears, click Manually Scheduled or Auto Scheduledmode.png. You can also select specific tasks, then in the Task Information dialog, General tab, in the Schedule Mode group, select Manually Scheduled or Auto Scheduled.

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If you want to have in your plan only manually scheduled tasks, before you start planning, set the manually scheduled mode from Options dialog, Schedule tab. In this way, all the newly inserted tasks will be set as Manually Scheduled:


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Task InformationTablesGantt ChartSet a calendar to a taskSet Task TypeApply Constraints
Applies to version 2015 and higher.
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