Lesson 2: Task Mode

Project Plan 365 supports both automatically and manually scheduled tasks. Automatically scheduled tasks have start, finish and duration values calculated by Project Plan 365 based on dependencies, constraints, calendars, and other factors. 

You can have a manually scheduled task (or for short, manual task) placed anywhere in your plan, and Project Plan won't change it. This new improvement​ gives you greater compatibility with all plans created in Microsoft Project. Manual tasks 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.​

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 the Insert Column option to insert and​ display Task Mode column in views like Gantt Chart, Tracking Gantt or Task Sheet view. The Task Mode column displays an icon indicating whether a task is a manually scheduled task, or an automatically scheduled task.

image003.gif  Practice

   1. To check that all the tasks from the commercial construction plan are automatically scheduled, which is the default option, insert the Task Mode column in the Gantt Chart view. Select Predecessors column and under Format menu, select Insert Column option. Choose as Field Name Task Mode.


            The Task Mode column will be inserted in front of the Predecessors column. As you can notice, the icons in the Task Mode column indicate that all the tasks are automatically scheduled.


           Using Hide Column option, hide this column since we will no longer need it.

image003.gif  Video

       If you prefer to see things in action, rather than reading text, watch out this video, which covers some of the topics from this section.