Setting scheduling options

You aren't limited to entering resource-driven tasks or estimated durations on the Gantt table. You can change the default task type and other default scheduling settings for your project. Choose ToolsOOptions and click the Schedule tab of the Options dialog box to change the default settings for entering tasks, as shown in Figure 4-4.

Figure 4-4: Use the Schedule tab of the Options dialog box to change Project's default behavior for scheduling.

In this dialog box, you determine the default unit of time for entering task durations (the default is days), the work time (hours), and whether new tasks start on the project start date or the current date. For example, if you are working on a five-year project in which most tasks take months — not days — you may want to change the default setting for the Duration is entered in field. If you prefer to have any new tasks begin no earlier than the current date, you can adjust the setting for New tasks. To enter planned durations instead of estimated durations, remove the check mark from the New tasks have estimated durations box on the Schedule tab.

As you gain experience in entering information, you will find ways to customize Project to match your work style. When you are satisfied with the settings in the Schedule tab, click OK to close the Options dialog box.

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