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What Are Summary Tasks?

Instead of having to look at all the tasks individually, summary tasks allow users to view information about groups of tasks all at once. Summary tasks have subtasks, and the summary task is, as the name implies, a summary of the subtasks under it. The start date of a summary task is equal to the earliest start date of any of its subtasks. Likewise, its finish date is the latest of all the finish dates of its subtasks. Other fields, such as Work and Cost, are the sum of all the subtasks' Work and Cost fields. Because the summary task summarizes the information about its subtasks, it can be very useful when examining how much is to be done on a specific part of the project, or how much has already been done.


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