Task 0 in MS PROJECT 2016



This post will be short, but very useful. I have a question from one of my Blog Readers: “Hi Nenad,
I discovered hat my task number usually starts from 1 instead of 0.
Kindly assist on this.”

I will show the Solution using MS PROJECT 2016.

Very often when you open MS PROJECT you will se this screen:


Well, blank screen is not user friendly at all. I will put three simple Tasks and I will get:


I see my Tasks, but I do not see Project Summary Tasks. To see this Task (and it as always Task with ID = 0), I can choose:


When I check this Checkbox, I will get:


So, at Task 0 (Project Summary Task) I can see Total Duration of my Project, Start date, End date, Total work (if I add this column in my view etc.). So I strongly recommend that you always have this Task turned on. And to avoid clicking to the Checkbox about over and over again you can follow this steps:


and then:


and finally:


With that option you will always have Task 0 displayed when you open new Project.

And, remember, keep this option, always on!



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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4 Responses to Task 0 in MS PROJECT 2016

  1. slamet heriyanto says:

    Hi Nenad,

    I’m sorry if I bother you.

    How to set ‘Deadline’ become automatic? For example dateline is equal to Finish date plus 5 days.

    Thanks a lot for your help.

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    2016-02-29 16:34 GMT+07:00 Nenad Trajkovski :

    > Nenad Trajkovski posted: ” Hi, This post will be short, but very useful. > I have a question from one of my Blog Readers: “Hi Nenad,I discovered hat > my task number usually starts from 1 instead of 0.Kindly assist on this.” I > will show the Solution using MS PROJECT 2016. Very o” >

  2. David Buehler says:

    Nenad, in my previous post I talked about some tasks starting later than anticipated. After posting I decided to add a new task in that section and it acquired the same bad start date with no information added. I then noticed the summary task had that same start date. I then noticed that summary task was manually scheduled (we had overlooked looking at that) instead of Auto Scheduled. It was that attribute which caused the problem. That solved the issue. So I hope you did not put any time into solving it because we finally figured it out.

  3. David Buehler says:

    Nenad, We have a task starting later than anticipated. We are using MS Project 2013. The task has a single predecessor and successor. The task has both Free Slack and Total Slack. There are no resources assigned. The Summary Tasks do not have constraints nor do they have Predecessors or Successors. If the task’s constraint is “As Early As Possible” it shows a start date of 6/3/16 (Predecessor finishes 3/4/16). If the constraint is changed to either “Start No Earlier Than” or “Finish No Later Than” (without putting in a date) it changes the start to 3/7/16 in both cases. The duration remains correct in all cases and does not change. Auto Calculate is set to ON throughout the project. “Show Scheduling Messages” is turned ON. We are scheduling from the Project’s Start Date (11/12/15). There is no Percent Complete set (Equals “0”). Actual Start shows “NA”. We are not using Resource Levelling (and do not have Resources assigned in any case). I cannot find the old “Task Delay” field to check that. 3/7/16 is a scheduled work day (that is the day we anticipate it should start given all our settings). Any clue? We have restarted MS Project. We have had several other Users open the file with the same problem. We have not corrupted the file by using it on SharePoint. The problem does not seem to be replicated elsewhere in the schedule.

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