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August 03, 2009

Create an Ongoing task in MS Project

- Jayanth Raj

 

We can create an ongoing task in MS Project by creating a “Hammock Task”. Hammock task duration changes automatically when the project finish date is changed.


Steps for creating a Hammock Task:
1.     Click on Project start date cell, the start date cell will be highlighted.
2.     On the edit menu, click copy (cell)
3.     Click on the ‘ongoing task’ start date, the start date cell will be highlighted.
4.     On edit menu, click ‘Paste Special’ and click ‘Paste Link’.
5.     Click on Project end date cell, the end date cell will be highlighted.
6.     On the edit menu, click copy (cell)
7.     Click on the ‘ongoing task’ end date, the end date cell will be highlighted.
8.     On edit menu, click ‘Paste Special’ and click ‘Paste Link’.


For more details see the below link:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/141733 (How to build a Hammock Task).


(The author, Jayanth Raj is a Software Engineer at Binary Spectrum).