New way of choosing Predecessors and Successors in MS PROJECT 2016


If you work with the latest version of MS PROJECT 2016, and you have update it regular you will notice one great improvement in Predecessor field.

Let me show you that. First I will create brand new Project with two Phases:


Before improvement, in the Predecessors field we we able to put the Task number. If you have a lot of Tasks you will not see them all in one screen, and that is what usually is the fact. And, as you can see in my example above, there are times when you have more than one Task in your Project with the same name. So, it was easy to put wrong Predecessor for the Task, which made a lot of trouble. Now, there is a new way to put Predecessor.


Now, you can actually choose which Task (or Tasks) are predecessors of the current Task. So, Task for which you are going to choose Predecessors is bold, and all to all other Task you can put checkmark to choose them. So it is now much harder to make a mistake. 

And what about Successors? Same thing! Let’s suppose that I have Project like this:


Now I will add the Predecessors Column and you will see that I can choose it in the same way like I can choose Predecessors:


Do you see this little minus sign beside each Summary Task (in my case Phase 1 and Phase 2)? If you click on this sign you can hide all subtasks for this Summary Task (of course, if you don’t need them for predecessors or successor), and you will see only Tasks which you want to see, below Summary Tasks that you didn’t hide:


To conclude, great, GREAT improvement.



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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1 Response to New way of choosing Predecessors and Successors in MS PROJECT 2016

  1. Paul Mincher says:


    Great post – note if you use Office 365 you may have to update your product. Mine was on the deferred channel –

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