Examining Indicators

Indicators are icons that appear in the Indicator column on table views; the Indicator column appears to the right of the ID column. Indicators represent additional information about the row in which they appear. For example, a Notes indicator appears in the indicator field on the resource sheet if you assign a note to a resource.

For more information about assigning notes to resources, refer to Chapter 5.

Different icons represent different types of indicators, as follows:

♦ Constraint indicators: These indicators identify the type of constraint that is assigned to a task. For example, a task can have a flexible constraint, such as Finish No Later Than, if the task is scheduled from the finish date. Or, a task can have an inflexible constraint, such as Must Start On, for tasks that are scheduled from the start date. Constraint indicators also show that the task hasn't been completed within the time frame of the constraint.

♦ Task type indicators: These indicators may identify special conditions about a task, such as whether the task is a recurring task or whether the task has been completed. Task type indicators also identify the status of projects that are inserted in a task.

You can find out more about inserted projects in Chapter 20.


♦ Workgroup indicators: These indicators provide some information about the task and its resources. For example, a workgroup indicator can tell you that a task has been assigned but that the resource hasn't yet confirmed the assignment.

♦ Contour indicators: These indicators identify the type of contouring that is used to distribute the work assigned to the task.

- Cross- Read more about contouring in Chapter 10.


♦ Miscellaneous indicators: These indicators identify items, such as a note or a hyperlink, that you created; a calendar that's been assigned to a task; or a resource that needs leveling.

Tip To identify the purpose of an indicator, point at it. Project tells you what the indi cator means or displays additional information to remind you of important details.

' See the Project Help topic, "About Indicators," for a complete list of each indicator icon and its meaning.

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