Autolink inserted or moved Tasks in MS PROJECT 2013



if you are working with MS PROJECT 2013 (or 2010), you may want auto linking Tasks! First I’ll show you what’s happening if you do not turn on this feature. I will create 3 Tasks and I’ll link them:


I’ll insert New Task between Task2 and Task 3:


As you can see this new Task is without Predecessors. Now I’ll go back to my first three Tasks:


and I’ll turn on this feature:




and then:


Now, I’ll insert New Task and I’ll get:


As you can see this New Task has Task 2 as Predecessor, and Task 3 has this New Task as predecessor!

OK. Now I’m going to move New Task behind Task and I’ll get:


Now this New Task has the same Predecessor (it is Task 2), but Task 3 has two Predecessors, Task 2, and New Task.

Now I’ll add a brand new Task ad the end of the Project:


As you can see, it doesn’t have any Predecessors, not it is Predecessor to any Task. So, that feature is only for moved or inserted Tasks.

And, for the end, let’s suppose that we have, for example two Tasks with Start to Start relationship:


I’ll get:


Now, I’m going to insert New Task between Task 1, and Task 2:


As you can see, nothing happens! So this feature works only for Finish to Start relationship!



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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11 Responses to Autolink inserted or moved Tasks in MS PROJECT 2013

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  3. Sven Parnack says:

    Hallo Nenad,

    i have a strange behavior with Project 2010 SP2. When I copy a linked task or a group of tasks all relationships to tasks outside the area are also copied. This behavior was not with SP1. The Option “Autolink” is unchecked.

    I found no Option to interrupt this function.

    Can you explain that?

    Thanks Sven

    • Nenad Trajkovski says:

      Can you be more specific? What do you mean by “relationship of tasks outside the area”?


      • Sven Parnack says:

        I have four tasks. Task A, Task B, Task C, Task D. Tasks A is linked with task B with finish to start relationship, task B with task C and so on. Now i copy task B and C and past them below task D.

        The behavior in MS Project SP1 was, new task B and new task C are linked with finish to start relationship. New task B has no predecessor and new task C has no sucessor.

        In MS Project SP2 is that different. New task B and new task C are linked with finish to start relationship. New task B has the predecessor task A and new task C has the sucessor task D.

        Is that example more specific?


      • Nenad Trajkovski says:

        Yes. I have to dissapoint you. I tried exactly wht you told me, and it works just fine! I really do not konw aht is the problem. Can you send me an mpp file to

      • Nenad Trajkovski says:

        Thank you. I’ll be opn y Bussines Trip, but I’ll have an email access. Best wishes!

  4. George filinis says:

    Hallo , when you move newtask under Task3 how can you recalculate predecessors and reshedule start+finish dates so that there is not any gap in the shedule?it works like this in Project 2007

  5. Yiannis Protopappas says:

    Hi there!
    I would really appreciate some help on your above example.
    You ‘ve created a new task, linked it to the others and then you moved, under Task 3.
    Task 3 still have the New Task as predecessor (4).
    Let’s say that I want to break this predecessor so Task 3 has only Task 2 as predecessor and New Task to have Task 3 as predecessor.

    I know how to do it manually (unlink tasks and the link again) but I trying to find the way to do this automatically, as I move the tasks from place to place.

    Thank You In Advance

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