Status field in MS PROJECT 2013


today I’ll show you how Status field works in MS PROJECT 2013.

As usual I am going to Create some Tasks:


I will add the Status field in the View:

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As you can see Task 1 is On Schedule, because today is Mon 03.03.2014. Other Tasks are in Future Tasks Status. I’m going to change Status date from NA to Sunday, 09.03.2014:


and I’ll get:



As you can see Task 1, Task 2, and Task 3 are late according to Status date. No I’ll make Task 1, and Task 2 completed:


and I’ll get:


Now, Task 1, and Task 2 are Completed, Task 3 is Late, and Task 4 is Future Task.

This is powerful field. Use it whenever you want. You can sort on it, filter on it etc.

But, be aware that in some situations it will not be change according to changing status Date. It is minor Bug. If it does NOT refresh repeat this steps:

1. Hide the Status field Column

2. Show it again

It will work!

Here is the example. I changed the Status field from NA to 01.04.2014, and I get:


It’s wrong. After Hide / Show the same Column I’ll get:


Now, everything is OK!



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 Status field in MS PROJECT 2013

  1. Melissa says:

    This is great! Question for you – is there a way to modify the Status field to include slipping tasks?

  2. Zak Taemur says:

    Hi Nenad

    You are a lifesaver my friend 🙂 many thanks ..

    Another question, is there anyway I can color-code the various statuses ? so if LATE then show in RED, on schedule Green and so on ..

    Many thanks


  3. Juan Pablo says:

    I have another problem. Maybe that happened to you. I have a summary task with the “completed” status. But some of their children tasks have status “late”. Any idea? Thank you!

  4. Juan Pablo says:

    Not refreshing after hide an unhide. Any help?

    • Nenad Trajkovski says:

      I don’t know where is the Issue! Which Version do you use?

      • Juan Pablo says:

        Same problem with 2007 and 2013. I am trying to find a method tu fix the issue…

      • Juan Pablo says:

        Seems to be a problem of precedence and critical path. 1 The task is delayed, however this task does not change its state because still not affect the start of the task 2. Did I explain? Is it possible?

      • Nenad Trajkovski says:

        Plese provide me mpp file to

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