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Linking Tasks

Most of the tasks in your project should probably be done in a definite order. For example, it usually makes a significant difference whether you frame the walls of a new house before or after you lay the foundation. One way to put the tasks in order is to go through the task list and enter start dates for each task manually, making sure that tasks like "frame walls" start after "lay foundation" tasks. But that's the hard way to do it, and it's definitely not the best way. If you later found that you had left out a task toward the beginning of the sequence, or that you didn't allow enough time for one of the early tasks, you would have to enter all the subsequent dates again. Furthermore, you will learn in the next hour that by entering dates for tasks, you are setting up constraints that keep Project from rescheduling tasks freely.

The best way to ensure that tasks are scheduled in the requisite order is to link the tasks and let Project calculate the start and finish dates for each task. Then, if you need to insert another task early in the process or revise the duration estimate for a task, Project can recalculate the dates much faster than you could.


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