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Q1:I've marked Saturday and Sunday to be nonworking days, but my task bars on the Gantt Chart show work on those days. Why?
A1: It's an optical illusion. If Saturday and Sunday are drawn in gray on the Gantt Chart, they are in fact nonworking days. But you need to change a format setting to make it look like no work takes place on the weekends. Select Format, Timescale and choose the Nonworking Time tab. In the Formatting options section, set the Draw option to In Front of Task Bars. Now the task bars will appear to stop at each weekend and other nonworking days.
Q2:Most of our staff starts work at 7 a.m. and stops at 4 p.m. I've changed the default options to these start and end times, but the Standard base calendar is still scheduling work hours from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Do I have to change the calendar, too?
A2: Yes you do. These two features serve different functions and don't really "talk" to each other. The default start and end times (under Tools, Options, Calendar) tell Project what times to use for task scheduling unless the calendar says something else. In your case, the Calendar is controlling the schedule. You need to change both the default and calendar settings to get the results you want.
Q3:I have created a copy of the Standard calendar, named it the Business calendar, and made holidays nonworking days. Project still schedules tasks to start, finish, and continue through those days. What's wrong?
A3: Did you tell Project not the use the Standard base calendar and to use your Business calendar instead? Select Project, Project Information and look in the Calendar field on the dialog box. If you are using a base calendar for your project that is not named Standard, use the drop-down list to choose the correct calendar.


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