Microsoft Project – moving completed parts of tasks back to Status date

Sometimes on a project, some tasks actually get started ahead of schedule! In that case when we are tracking, we may want to move the bits that are done back to the Status date, so that subsequent tasks can get started earlier.

To do so, we need first to change the settings. Click File – Options, then go to the Advanced tab.

Towards the bottom, in the Calculation options for this project, check boxes Move end of completed parts after status date back to status date and And move start of remaining parts back to status date. Click OK.

Project Options dialog

In the screenshot below, the status date is set at 25/02/2015, the Build Walls task is not supposed to start until 26/02/2015.

gantt chart before update

I now indicate that the Build Walls task is already 25% complete.

Project plan after update

This has the effect of moving work done to before the status date and allowing successor tasks to start earlier.

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About jdonbavand

I am a trainer of Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project and Crystal Reports. I have called my blog "If Only I'd Known That...." because I hear it so many times in training sessions. In fact, if only I had a £100 for every time someone says "If only I'd known that." ....
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