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Very simple help with MS Project please

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Very simple help with MS Project please

EdLockett
I would like to know if anyone has figured out something very straightforward.
When I enter tasks in the Gantt chart view, can I make them come one after another as I enter them?
By default, all tasks are entered for today. I do not want all of my tasks to be for today, I would like them to be sequential.

Any advice would be sincerely appreciated, as this simple usability issue is the difference between this being a good solution for the needs of our team and it being a tedious operation.

Many thanks
Ed
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    EdLockett

    Bump so some of you nice bods across the pond might have chance to look at it...

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    Clarpr

    Presumably you are entering tasks in the task name column. Project auto numbers the tasks for you, so tab across to the Predecessors column and enter the number it set for the previous task you entered. Project then sets the new task to start when the previous task finishes. By default it sets 1 day as the duration but you can change that to anything.
    Easiest way is to list all your tasks; as you do so, Project numbers them starting from 1 onwards. Then go over to the Predecessors column (unhide it if its not displayed) and starting in the second row, ie for task 2, enter 1 in the predecessors column. Then consecutively number the predecessor values all the way down and you will see the tasks in the Gantt chart spread themselves out appropriately, each starting when the predecessor finishes. You might want to set your working week to 7 days if you dont want weekends to separate friday and monday.

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    EdLockett

    Bump so some of you nice bods across the pond might have chance to look at it...

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    Clarpr

    Presumably you are entering tasks in the task name column. Project auto numbers the tasks for you, so tab across to the Predecessors column and enter the number it set for the previous task you entered. Project then sets the new task to start when the previous task finishes. By default it sets 1 day as the duration but you can change that to anything.
    Easiest way is to list all your tasks; as you do so, Project numbers them starting from 1 onwards. Then go over to the Predecessors column (unhide it if its not displayed) and starting in the second row, ie for task 2, enter 1 in the predecessors column. Then consecutively number the predecessor values all the way down and you will see the tasks in the Gantt chart spread themselves out appropriately, each starting when the predecessor finishes. You might want to set your working week to 7 days if you dont want weekends to separate friday and monday.