Inactiving tasks

A great new feature in MS PROJECT 2010 is Inactive task command. In previous versions if you had a task which you decided not to do (because you didn’t have resources, or simply you just didn’t need it) you had to delete it. And when you deleted a task it was gone forever. Now you don’t have to delete it but you can just make it inactive. This feature gives you a possibility of making inactive task active again if you change your mind. You can also see all the inactive tasks for a project review.

Here is an example:

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I have five tasks:

Task 1 has a 3-day duration, Task 2 has a 5-day duration and can start when Task 1 is finished, Task 3 has a 2-day duration and can start when Task 2 is finished, Task 4 has a 1-day duration and can start when Task 3 is finished and Task 5 has a 2-day duration and can start when Task 2 is finished.

First I will make Task 1 inactive:

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You can see that Tasks 2, 3, 4, and 5 are rescheduled to start on 20.04.2010 (start date of Task 1). This happened because Task 1 is no more active, and Task 2 has no predecessor, so it can start as the first task of the project when the project starts.

Now I will leave Task 1 active but I will make Task 2 inactive (Btw, if you want to make a task active again just click on Inactive button):

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You can see that Task 1 remains as it was, but Tasks 3,4, and 5 are rescheduled to start on 20.04.2010 (start date of the project). This happened because Task 2 is no more active. Task 2 had Task 1 as predecessor but when I made it inactive Task 3 and Task 5 did not change their predecessor to Task 1 automatically. You must make Task 1 as a predecessor of Task 3 and Task 5 by your own:

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Now I will leave Task 2 active but I will make Task 3 inactive:

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You can see that Task 4 is rescheduled to start on 20.04.2010 (start date of the project). This happened because Task 3 was only predecessor of Task 4. So again, if you want to make Task 2 as a predecessor of Task 4, do it manually.

Finally I will make Task 4 and Task 5 inactive (respectively):

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Since Task 4 and Task 5 are not predecessors to any task they are just inactive and nothing happens to the other tasks.

Regards,

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About Nenad Trajkovski

Location: Zagreb, Croatia Occupation: Project Manager Interests: Project Management and MS PROJECT He was born in Zagreb, Croatia at 1963. After completing his college he started working on projects in different business areas (banking, manufacturing, automotive industry, distribution, oil companies, etc.) developing and implementing ERP systems into different companies. He has got a lot of experience working with people in different business processes and also possesses great knowledge in information technologies and financial services. Today he works as a business consultant, adn Project Manager in PERPETUUM MOBILE d.o.o. Zagreb. He is a regular lecturer for Project Management in MS Innovation Center in Varaždin, Logosoft Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina and SEAVUS GROUP in Skopje Macedonia. He was named the best lecturer of WINDAYS 2008 while his lecture was also voted as the best. In addition, he was in TOP 10 lecturers at the MS SINERGY 2009 and MS VISIA 2009, 2010. Shares first place as the best lecturer of KulenDays 2009 and 2010 and PMI Conference 2009 in Zagreb. He is also a regular lecturer in the MS Community. He is a Certified Accountant and a PMP (Project Manager Professional) and a PMI-RMP (Risk Manager Professional), MCP, MCT, and Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist - Microsoft Project 2010. From 01.01.2012 awarded with MVP (Microsoft Most Valuable Proffesional - Microsoft Project)!
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2 Responses to Inactiving tasks

  1. syed sami says:

    I’am using MS project standard edition, is inactive button available in this edition?

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