By default, the start date for all new projects is the current date. Of course, you can change this to a different start time.
- Click Project > Project Information.
- In the Schedule from list, Project Start Date is selected by default
- In the Start date box, enter the date that you want to schedule from.
Project management tip Schedule your project from a start time if you can. Even if you know the date by which a project must be complete, scheduling from a start date gives you the maximum amount of flexibility.
When you add a new task to a schedule, it automatically is scheduled to start on the project's start date. As tasks are added to the schedule and connected to other tasks, the start times of tasks will change, and the last task to finish determines the project's finish date.
- To find the Project start date or to change it to another date, click Project, and then click Project Information.
When you create a new project, you first enter the project's start date. When you schedule a project from the start time, all tasks start at the project start date unless you specify otherwise.
For automatically scheduled tasks, with no task dependencies or constraints applied, the project's duration is the same as the duration of the longest task. In other words, the project finish date is the same as the longest task's finish date.
Task dependencies, such as the finish-to-start dependency between the first and second tasks (as shown here), can change the project's finish date.
Nearly all projects should be scheduled from a known start time. Even if you know the date that a project must be completed, scheduling from a start date gives you maximum flexibility.
A project can only be scheduled from the start date.
|Move the start time of a project|
You can change the project start date whenever you want to, even after you build the project plan. Click the Project > Project Information In the Start date box, enter the date that you want to schedule from.
When you move a project, you can decide whether you want Project to also move dates on actual work performed. To have more control over how actual and uncompleted parts of tasks move, use the Project Update feature first before moving. Click Project > > Project Information In the Start date box, enter the date that you want to schedule from. Now, set a time in the future after which uncompleted work can be scheduled; actual dates on tasks will not move.
|Look out for actual progress reported on tasks||If the start date doesn't change after you change the finish date, one or more tasks may either have actual progress reported or have a date constraint applied. Review the constraints in your plan to make sure that they are all necessary and appropriate. To view a task's constraints, right-click on the task, click Information, and then click the Advanced tab.|