Using deadline dates

You also can establish a deadline date for a task. The deadline date differs from a constraint in that Project doesn't use the deadline date when calculating a project's schedule. Instead, the deadline date behaves as a visual cue to notify you that a deadline date exists (the down arrow symbol that you see next to the Acquire materials 2 task bar in Figure 4-10). If you place your mouse over the deadline indicator, Project displays the deadline information. If the task finishes after the deadline date, you also see a symbol in the Indicators column. Be aware that you won't see an indicator if you complete the task prior to the deadline date.

A deadline date has been set

Figure 4-10: When you set a deadline date for a task, Project displays an indicator to alert you that you set the deadline.

A deadline date has been set

Figure 4-10: When you set a deadline date for a task, Project displays an indicator to alert you that you set the deadline.

Although deadline dates don't affect the calculation of a project schedule, they do affect a Late Finish date and the calculation of total slack for the project. Also, be aware that you can assign both a deadline date and a constraint to a task. In a project that you schedule from a beginning date, a deadline date has the same effect as a Finish No Later Than constraint. If you assign deadline dates to tasks in projects that you schedule from an ending date, those tasks will finish on their deadline dates unless a constraint or a dependency pushes them to an earlier date.

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