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Normally Project schedules work on a task to continue uninterrupted until the task is complete. If you know that there will be interruptions or periods of inactivity on a task or if, having started work on the task, you find that you must interrupt the work and resume at a later date, you can split the task into two or more scheduled segments.
Several examples of tasks that would be good candidates for task splitting include the following:
A task can have an unlimited number of splits . When you link to a task that is split, the link is to the task; you cannot create a link to a split segment of a task.
The easiest way to split a task is in the Gantt Chart view, where you use the mouse to split a taskbar and drag the right-hand segment to the right to resume at a later date. To split a task in the Gantt Chart view, follow these steps:
If calculation is set on manual, a task split does not appear graphically on the Gantt Chart until you press F9 to recalculate and refresh the screen. To check the calculation settings, go to Tools, Options, Calculation, Calculation Options for Microsoft Project. The default setting is Automatic.
Watch the start and finish dates in the Split Task information box carefully to determine when this segment of the split task resumes.
You can also split tasks in the Task Usage view, and if resources are assigned to a task, you can split the resource assignments to the task in the Resource Usage view. If all assignments are split at the same point, the task itself is effectively split.
For instructions on creating splits in tasks and assignments with the Task and Resource Usage views, see "Resolving Overallocations by Delaying Assignments," p. 440 .
After you have split a task, resting the pointer over a split segment displays the Task information box for just that segment, telling you the start date, finish date, and duration for that segment.
Dragging the first segment of a split task moves all segments of the task together. Holding down the Shift key as you drag a later segment also moves all segments together.
You can drag any but the first segment to the right or left to change the start and finish of that segment of the task (as long as you don't touch another segment of the task).
You can remove a split (that is, rejoin segments of a split task) by dragging the segment on the right toward the left until it touches the next segment.
Do not drag a middle segment to the right to touch a later segment. Project often loses track of part of the task duration.
To change the duration of a segment (and thus the duration of the task), drag the right end of the segment to the right or left. The Task information box appears and shows the effect of the current position of the cursor on the finish and duration. If you are adjusting the final segment of the split task, the finish and duration are those for the entire task. If you are adjusting any other segment, the finish and duration are those for that segment.
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