Splitting Tasks again in MS PROJECT 2013



I’ve got a question from one of my Blog Readers: “’I’m looking for a more precise method (non-graphical?) to set up the splits. For example I want to split a 10-work-day task halfway through, and have work resume after 12 work days. When I do this graphically, the bars look as though they are very different durations rather than the same length. This happens even when I try to use the pop-up information box to click at the right point in the bar. Additionally, I can’t seem to drop the split segment where I want it, the program only allows drops in one-week increments. I have poked around a lot but can’t find anyplace to review and edit the split details.”

It is a little bit strange problem, at least from my point of View, because I can not reproduce it!

First, I will create a brand new Task with 10 days duration in MS PROJECT 2013!


Now, I will split that Task, and the Second part of it will started 12 working days later, e.g. at April, the 3th, 2013:


and then:



and move it here:


And YES, it seems that the second part is longer than first one. But, in face it is not! Why?

Because this part will start on Wednesday, April the 3th, and will ended after five working days, so graphically it only seems that it will take longer (since there is a weekend, e.g., Saturday and Sunday)!

I will now show you a trick. If you do not want to see “blue bar” on non working days, you can do this:


and you will get:


You can see that there is no “blue bar”, nor “dotted lines” during the weekend!

And what if you want to split Task in hours instead of days?

Easy! Like in previous picture you should change the Bottom Tier from days to hours, and then you can split the Task!

Hope this helps!




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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6 Responses to Splitting Tasks again in MS PROJECT 2013

  1. Damir says:

    Dear Nenad,

    In msp 2013 a splitted task scheduled against his successor becomes critical, even though this successor has plenty of slack. Is it possible to adjust this, perhaps in the options?

    Kind regards,

  2. George says:

    I split a task and the cost is split too, for the whole period (inlcuding the empty period between the split tasks). I want the cost only for the separate splits.
    I mean the task is, let’s say, a part (30 days) in April-May and the second split in December (another 10 days). I want the Cost Report (Cash Flow) to show the cost for April-May and separate for December. I don’t want the cost to be distributed from April to December, every month. Is it possible.


  3. Krishnaveni says:

    Dear Sir,
    For a particular task, Can we get the material cost and labaour cost separately for that particular day?, and can we display the material resources and work resources separately in the task field?

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