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Chapter 5. Creating a Task List > Creating Tasks with the Mouse

Creating Tasks with the Mouse

You can use the mouse to create task bars on the Gantt Chart. You must then name the tasks, and you usually need to adjust the duration of tasks when they are created this way. Although this feature is easy to use, it has its hazards. When you drag the mouse to create a task bar, the task is automatically constrained to be scheduled no earlier than that date. If you drag from the start to the finish of the task, the task is constrained to start no earlier than the date you started the task bar on. If you drag from the finish to the start, the task is constrained to finish no earlier than the finish date you began with. These constraints can be very bothersome later as you edit the project, especially if you try to link subprojects to a master project. The best course is to rarely create tasks with the mouse.

→If you have created a task constraint that you want to remove, see "Removing Task Constraints," p. 247


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