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Chapter 5. Creating a Task List > Entering Task Names

Entering Task Names

You create a task by typing a name in the Task Name field in one of the rows of the task sheet portion of the Gantt Chart. As soon as you press Enter or move to another cell, Project supplies a default duration of 1 day for the new task, and a default start and finish date for the task. It also displays a task bar starting at the project start date under the timescale in the Gantt Chart to the right.

Tip

A good practice in building projects is to name activities in a verb-noun format, such as Install Computers, Complete Design Specifications, or Move Warehouse. By using this concise call-to-action naming convention, it is easier to define the tasks and clearly communicate what work needs to be done in the project. It also makes it easier to estimate task durations by simply asking, "How long does it take to...".



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