By default, Project sets all tasks that you create to start with an As Soon As Possible constraint. Barring any dependency relationships with other tasks (see the section "Establishing Dependencies Among Tasks," later in this chapter), the task would start on the first day of the project. You can set other constraints, as follows:
♦ As Late As Possible: This constraint forces a task to start on a date such that its end occurs no later than the end of the project.
♦ Finish No Earlier Than/Finish No Later Than: This constraint sets the completion of a task to fall no sooner or later than a specific date.
♦ Must Finish On/Must Start On: This constraint forces a task to finish or start on a specific date.
♦ Start No Earlier Than/Start No Later Than: This constraint sets the start of a task to fall no sooner or later than a specific date.
Only the Must Finish On/Must Start On settings constrain a task to start or end on a particular date. All the other settings constrain the task to occur within a certain time frame.
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