Task Summary Name–new field in MS PROJECT 2016


There is one new Task related field in MS PROJECT 2016: Task Summary Name. It is very useful. Usually Summary Tasks have a lot of subtasks, and when you group them, filter them or just look at them, you can’t see which Summary Tasks is particular Task part of. With this new field, you will always see Summary Task Name for the specific Task.

To show you that, first I will create Project with Two summary Tasks and few subtasks:


I will now John and Mary to Tasks (as Resources):




Finally, I will show this new field in a Column:


So, now you can always see which Summary Task is particular Task part of.

Useful, very Useful.



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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7 Responses to Task Summary Name–new field in MS PROJECT 2016

  1. Lily Fung says:

    According to this, it is only available to Project Online subscribers: https://support.office.com/en-US/article/Task-Summary-Name-fields-15a11b93-a14f-46ff-a127-d9492158528b

    Is this what you’re using?

  2. Sujoy Dutta says:

    I am using Project Professional 2016, I can’t see this column in the entire list of columns !

  3. Erik van Hurck says:

    Awesome! There’s always a report that will profit from this new information. Thanks for sharing Nenad!

  4. myprojectexpert says:

    Thanks for pointing that out

  5. Hessel says:

    Thank you for pointing this out. I have not yet upgraded to MS Project 2016 and have therefore had to use a macro to populate the “Task Hierarchy” field.

    The Task summary name field will be especially useful if there are nested summary tasks, i.e. a summary task that has summary tasks(s) under it and more summary tasks under them.

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