Getting Scheduling Feedback

After you assign tasks to resources, Microsoft Project 2003 employs Microsoft Office Smart Tags technology to provide scheduling feedback. When you make certain kinds of changes that affect scheduling—such as changes to duration, start date, or finish date— a green triangle might appear in the corner of the edited cell in a Gantt Chart, task sheet, or usage view.

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Scheduling feedback triangle

When you move your mouse pointer over the cell containing the feedback indicator, the Smart Tag icon appears.

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Smart tag icon

Click the Smart Tag icon. A message explains the scheduling ramifications of your edit. The message usually gives you the opportunity to change the edit so that the result is closer to your expectation.

Feedback message

The indicator appears in the cell as long as the edit is available for an Undo operation. After you make a new edit, the indicator disappears.

Unlike Microsoft Office Smart Tags, you cannot change or create your own feedback messages in Microsoft Project. However, you can turn them off. Click Tools, Options, and then click the Interface tab. Clear any of the check boxes under Show Indicators And Options Buttons.

For more information about feedback indicators in resource assignments, see "Changing Resource Assignments" on page 220.

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