Setting the Percent Complete value

You can establish the progress of work performed on a task by assigning a Percent Complete value to the task. Any value less than 100 indicates that the task is not complete. You can set Percent Complete value from the Task Details form, from the Update Tasks dialog box, or from the Tracking Table view. Or, you can select the task from any task view and use the percentage buttons on the Tracking toolbar, as shown in Figure 12-5. Right-click any toolbar, and choose Tracking to display the Tracking toolbar.

Percentage buttons

Figure 12-5: Use these buttons to set a task's actual progress at 0%, 25%, 50%, 75%, or 100% complete.

A value in the Percent Complete column also affects the Actual Duration and Remaining Duration values. If you make an entry into any of these columns, Project automatically updates the others. When you set the Actual Duration value, Project calculates the value for the Percent Complete column by dividing the Actual Duration value by the original planned duration. If, alternatively, you set the Remaining Duration value, Project recalculates (if necessary) the Actual Duration value and the Percent Complete value.

If you change the Percent Complete value, Project assigns an Actual Start Date (unless you had entered one previously). Project also calculates the Actual Duration and Remaining Duration values. If you set your options to update resources when you update tasks, Project also calculates the Actual Cost and

Actual Work values. If you enter 100 in the Percent Complete column, Project assigns the planned finish date to the Actual Finish Date column. If this value is not correct, don't enter a Percent Complete value; instead, enter an Actual Finish Date.

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