Microsoft Project 2010, 2013, 2016 – setting default to auto-scheduling

In earlier versions of Microsoft Project, all tasks were auto-scheduled by default. In Microsoft Project 2010 this changed, so that by default all new tasks are scheduled manually. If you are used to the older versions, you may prefer to set the default to auto-scheduling for all new projects.

To use auto-scheduling for all new projects:

Click the File tab, then from the Backstage view, click Options. The Project Options dialog box will be displayed.

Click Schedule.

From the Scheduling options for this project dropdown, select All New Projects.

From the New tasks created dropdown, select Auto Scheduled.

Click OK.

All new projects will now have tasks auto-scheduled by default.

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9 Responses to Microsoft Project 2010, 2013, 2016 – setting default to auto-scheduling

  1. David says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! So annoying.

  2. husna says:

    how to on auto schedule MS project

  3. Guy says:

    The Auto/Manual schedule is greyed out and cannot be turned on with the information provided.

  4. Jim S says:

    Hi same thing. in File Options I have changed ‘All new projects’ to manual scheduling. But down at the bottom left of a new project, started after I changed that option, it shows ‘New Tasks: Auto Scheduled. Double click to change to manual and Manually Scheduled is greyed out. No matter where I look i can’t see any other way to change this so I can’t manually schedule any task

    • jdonbavand says:

      Hi Jim What version are you using? I have just put my Options to All New Projects manually scheduled but at the bottom where it says New Tasks: Auto Scheduled, I can change it to New Tasks: Manually Scheduled although both buttons are greyed out further up.

  5. jdonbavand says:

    I guess it is possible. Most organisations are more likely to be using auto scheduling with a few manually scheduled tasks.

    • Jim S says:

      I think they must have done but not to leave me any option to change seems over-restrictive. I’ll find someone in my organisation who has the same version and see if they are the same. Thanks anyway

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