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Hour 3. Starting a New Project and Worki... > Arranging Tasks with an Outline

Arranging Tasks with an Outline

After the top-level tasks are defined, you can use the outline tools to start filling in the details under each phase of the project. You insert blank rows beneath a top-level task, list the subtasks in the blank rows, and then indent the subtasks under the top-level task. When you indent tasks, Project turns the task they are indented under into a summary task.

Summary tasks serve to summarize many aspects of their subtasks. A summary task's bar in the Gantt Chart spans all the task bars of its subtasks so you can see the life span of that part of the project. Later we will see that if you assign resources and costs to tasks, the cost of a summary task is the combined cost of all its subtasks.


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